Travel to Emilia-Romagna


Looking for some great travel tips for a trip to the Emilia-Romagna region? In Emilia Romagna, we find cities like Bologna, Parma, Ravenna, Rimini, Riccione, Cervia, Ferrara, Modena on the Adriatic coast. Some of the main vacation destinations in Italy. A vacation in the Emilia-Romagna region has many facets, with cuisine being the most important element. Products like Parma ham and Parmesan cheese are renowned; the region between Parma and Bologna is often called the Food Valley of Italy.

The hill landscape between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany - Travel Tips Emilia-Romagna

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What's special about Emilia Romagna?

The region Emilia Romagna is the largest region with cultural monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, totaling 10 (see list below). Don't forget the music festival that takes place every year in Ravenna and the beautiful region of Cervia with salt flats, flamingo breeding grounds, and upscale resorts. Discover also the renowned art cities like Ravenna, Modena, and Ferrara. The region is also famous for its ties to the auto and motorcycle industry, particularly the Ferrari museum and the motor tracks in ‘la terra dei motori’.

Comacchio, the Little Venice of Emilia-Romagna

Browse through the travel tips on Emillia-Romagna

  • Welcome Cards for Italian cities, which ones should you buy?

    Welcome cards for Italian cities

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    In Italy, there is no shortage of discount or welcome cards to visit cities and museums, as well as free public transport. But you need to know which ones are worth it and which are not. The way they work is not always easy to understand either. And how can you tell the difference between the official cards issued by the city and the ones from commercial companies?

  • Embark on a Gastronomic Adventure in Italy's Food Valley, Bologna and Beyond!

    Market in Bologna

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    Are you a food enthusiast seeking an authentic taste of Italy? Look no further! Our bespoke food tours in Bologna, Parma, and Ravenna offer a delectable journey through the heart of Italian cuisine and the most important cities in the Food Valley. Start your Italy trip with one of these tours that will make your time in this country even more memorable. 

  • Exploring Bologna: A Culinary and Cultural Adventure

    The San Luca Basilica, symbol of Bologna

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    A city break in Bologna: all the famous Italian cities in a nutshell. What can you see in Rome in two days? Is Venice really that much fun with all those foreign tourists? Maybe a bit of Florence, but without the price tag! Is the Leaning Tower of Pisa the only leaning tower in Italy? San Gimignano, with its medieval skyscrapers, is often left off an itinerary being a little off the beaten track, and you really don't have to go to Milan for shopping, because if you want

  • The story of Banfi, Brunello en Riunite on Ice

    Castello Banfi in Tuscany

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    When the brothers Harry and John Mariani, sons of an Italian immigrant in Manhattan who founded a wine importing company in 1917 named after his sister Teodolinda Banfi, an enthusiastic amateur winemaker, took over the business in 1967, they were looking for new beverages that would bring them more revenue. Up to that point, they had mainly imported Italian wines on a small scale, including a Brunello.

  • Halloween, an old Roman tradition and pumpkins from Mantua

    Is Halloween a old Roman tradition

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    As the end of October approaches, the kids start thinking about their Halloween costumes, and plastic orange pumpkins start appearing in stores, it's time to begin planning for the holiday season and winter activities that involve pumpkins.

  • Important dates for anyone planning a trip to Italy this year

    Feline Dentistry Conference in Rome is just one of the events in a packed conference season

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    You guessed it, or maybe not. Italy has one of the most packed conference agendas of any city in the world in any one month, say January you'll find conferences on Feline Dentistry to Drug Tourism, and you were wondering why the hotels were full, right? Of course, not all of these conferences are expected to attract millions of visitors to the city of Rome. I mean, how many feline dentists are there? However, I just want to make it purrrfectly (pun intended) clear that there are definitely a few events that you will want to keep an eye out for.

  • The porticoes of Bologna recognised as a Unesco Wolrld Heritage Site

    Porticoes of Bologna

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    The porticoes of Bologna were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2021. In total, three monuments in Italy were added that year, bringing Italy to the top of the UNESCO list with a whopping 59 sites. Additionally, Montecatini Terme and the 14th-century frescoes of Padua were added to the UNESCO list this year. 

  • Brisighella one of the most beautiful medieval villages between Florence and Ravenna

    The portico in Brisighella

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    On the way from Portico di Romagna, the Romagna part of the region, where I had spent several days being the guest of the delightful Albergo Al Vecchio Convento with an exceptional kitchen, to the coastal town of Ravenna, we decided to take a small detour through Brisighella, a place I had heard much about.

  • Don't go to Ferrara or Mantua without reading this first

    Ferrara cathedral

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    I've been to Ferrara several times, and while I always thought of it as a pleasant city, I wasn't overly enthusiastic until I delved into the history connecting Ferrara (Emilia Romagna) and Mantua (Lombardy). This made both cities take on a whole new dimension. It felt as if events from the 15th and 16th centuries came to life, and the buildings I previously saw as rather boring, opened doors to a lavish lifestyle I hadn't seen before.

  • Wild swimming in Italy, the top 10 spots

    Wild swimming in natural pools in Italy

    Written by: Elisabeth Bertrand

    Dreaming of taking a splash in an emerald green lake? Or cooling off under a sparkling waterfall. Picture yourself in a whirlpool of swirling water, with the enchanting gentle smell of fig trees in the middle of the verdant countryside? Find out at which spots are best for wild swimming and take a detour! To get you started here are 10 locations throughout Italy, but obviously we're constantly discovering new places, bookmark this article for more wild swimming in natural swimming holes.

  • Golf courses of Italy and the Ryder cup 2023 in Rome

    Golf courses of Italy

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    Italy is increasingly becoming a destination for golf lovers, crowned in 2023 with the Ryder Cup. The country offers a combination of a favorite sport with a trip to stunning surroundings. With more than 400 facilities, 150 golf courses with at least 18 holes and golf resorts in super panoramic locations. We have selected the most scenic greens, perfect for a top golf vacation.

  • Italy's favourite summer festivals

    Italy's favourite summer festivals

    Written by: Nelleke Pruijs

    Italy is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant arts scene, and there is no better time to experience it than during the summer months. From June to September, Italy is home to a wide range of summer festivals that showcase everything from music and dance to food and wine. Whether you're a lover of classical music, jazz, or rock and roll, there's a festival in Italy for you.

  • 9 Favorite Christmas Destinations in Italy

    Christmas in Italy

    Written by: Lisa Tucci

    Christmas in Italy is certainly a time for celebration, especially in this predominantly Catholic country. The Christmas holiday season in Italy officially kicks off in early December, when towns across the Boot start putting up their street decorations. It lasts straight through to the Epiphany, on January 6th, the day it is said the three Wise Men arrived to Bethlehem. Traveling across Italy, you would be hard-pressed to find a town that isn't lighting our otherwise dark season with bright decorations, shop windows and streams of festive lights criss-crossing the main thoroughfares. And


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