Verdi Theatre, a unique jewel in perfect 19th-century style
The small municipal theatre is still one of the finest examples of venues built for the performing arts in Romagna in the 19th century. Inaugurated in 1830, it occupies what was once the fortress’s “grand hall” and was initially named in honour of Carlo Goldoni. As early as 1878 the theatre was refurbished and extended based on a design by Bertinoro-born architect Giacomo Fabbri (1843-1905), with the aim of adapting it to modern theatre performances. The original structure with boxes was also replaced by two orders of balconies supported by slender cast iron columns. Although now only partially visible, decoration of the theatre was entrusted to local artist Paolo Bacchetti (1848-1886). In the early part of the 20th century the building was adapted to screen film. Completed in 1982, major restoration work reinstated the small theatre’s original decorations. Today it has a dual role as both a theatre and a cinema and is the “beating heart” of the community, hosting numerous activities and events organised by the extensive network of local associations. Inside the theatre, a commemorative stone recalls the infamous raid by a gang of bandits, known as the “Banda del Passatore”, on the night of 25 January 1851.