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Head to Rimini in Italy for Ulissefest, the Lonely Planet travel festival

Meeting new people, sampling new foods and seeing incredible scenery are just some of the many reasons people like to travel. But at this year’s Ulissefest, travellers from around the world will drill down into what really makes them head out on the road. 

Rimini, Italy. Image by Orbon Alija/Getty Images

Held in Rimini, Italy, the third edition of Lonely Planet UlisseFest – the Travel Festival will run from 12 to 14 July. The event brings together avid travellers to take part in meetings, shows, concerts, readings, films and workshops in the historic centre of Rimini. 

This year’s event will be centred on the question: “Why do we travel?” The question will be put to writers, artists, photographers, journalists and all people who like to get out and explore. 

“Increasing numbers of people travel despite the economic downturn and security concerns,” said Angelo Pittro, the artistic director of the festival, “and the tourism industry is thriving more than ever before”. 

Colourful facades line a narrow laneway in Rimini. Image by ©Tatiana Dyuvbanova/EyeEm/Getty Images

“At the same time, the excessive presence of tourists is one of today’s key global problems. Some claim that we travel more but understand less. Our three-day festival will attempt to show that this is not true, that travelling helps us understand something more about ourselves, the world around us, and our place in the universe. It lets us experience first-hand what it means to feel different, alien.”

In attendance will be Tony Wheeler, the co-founder of Lonely Planet, and Carlo Petrini, the creator of  the Slow Food movement, among many other experts in travel. There will be musical performances by artists like the Tuareg guitarist, Bombino, the queen of Fado, Ana Moura, and more. 

There will also be a workshop on travel guide writing, ‘How to Become a Lonely Planet Author’ will share the secrets of a life of travel with Silvia Castelli, editor-in-chief of Lonely Planet Italy. Guests will also be able to learn from Lonely Planet authors and cartographers. The festival is organised by EDT, Italian partner of Lonely Planet, in collaboration with the Municipality of Rimini. Find out more here