Hundreds of bloggers gathered at The Grand Da Vinci Hotel in Cesenatico, Italy for the opening speech of TBD-Italy (Travel Bloggers Destination) last night. The hotel, a classic and oh-so-stylish venue was the perfect setting for the launch of this special event for bloggers.
Bloggers (mainly travel but also lifestyle, fashion etc.) were carefully selected to participate in TBD-Italy and were flown from all across the globe to attend. Many Italian bloggers were also present for the launch and for the event itself so there was a great mix of local and international bloggers.
After the opening speech at The Grand Da Vinci Hotel, bloggers were led to a ‘floating museum’ – the Museo Della Marimeria Cesenatico, or the local maritime museum. En route we observed the tranquil Cesenatico harbour and moored boats under a full yellow moon. It was so pleasant walking along the waterside, chatting to like minded travel bloggers and observing the very beautiful Italian scenery by night.
At Museo Della Marimeria Cesenatico bloggers were welcomed with live music, speeches by those involved, champagne and an array of food platters (absolutely delicious I might add!)
It was indeed fascinating to celebrate the opening night of TBD-Italy inside Museo Della Marimeria Cesenatico – completely up my alley as an arts and culture blogger!
Inside the museum bloggers had the opportunity to snap pics of traditional boats used in the region. Two massive boats make a definite statement as one enters the main museum area. These boats date back to 1921. One boat is a trabaccolo called Cidia and the other a bragozzo called Vigo. You can explore old anchors, knots, rudders, sails and engines used over the decades as well as wreckage dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Lastly, the opening night of TBD-Italy 2014 set firstly at The Grand Da Vinci Hotel and then at Museo Della Marimeria in Cesenatico was a fabulous mix of class and culture. Bring on the rest of TBD-Italy 2014!