Cities of art and hidden jewels in Emilia Romagna
Emilia Romagna is a real treasure trove of art beauties less known to the general public, but deserving of an in-depth exploration by anyone who wants to define themself as a traveler. This tour will lead you to these discoveries, showing you the main cities of art (some of which are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites), but also leading you to more hidden and secret places; small pearls that will fill you with amazement and beauty.
Best season : April to June- September to November
Included / Not Included
Assistance upon arrival at the airport/station in Bologna
Train tickets for the first 5 days of travel
Car rental with insurance for the remaining 5 days
9 nights in minimum 3-star hotel/ B&B with double room accommodation
Tickets for access to the Cathedral-Archbishop's Museum in Parma
Tickets for access to the Pilotta Monumental Complex
Access to Ghirlandina Tower in Modena
Visit to a traditional vinegar factory in Modena
Climb the Asinelli Tower in Bologna
Access to the Palazzo Schifanoia Museum in Ravenna
Guided tour of Ravenna, with access to UNESCO sites
Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM
Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants
Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Flights to/from your home city
Meals where not mentioned
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Upon your arrival in Bologna (station or airport), you will be greeted by a member of the Italy Trails team who will welcome you and give you the travel material. The transfer to the hotel will be followed by check-in and, depending on the time, you can rest and dine or start exploring the city. Bologna is the capital of the region and the most populous and active city, but this modernity and vitality seems to integrate perfectly with the beautiful historic center, which has been preserved intact over the centuries. You can easily move around by foot, and your first walk will lead you to the main square, Piazza Maggiore, where you can admire the medieval public buildings and the majestic Basilica of San Petronio, one of the largest in the world. You will be amazed by the jets that flow from the magnificent statues in the Fountain of Neptune, a sixteenth-century masterpiece by Giambologna, and you will look up to the top of the two medieval towers, symbols of the city: the very high Asinelli Tower and the leaning tower of Garisenda, both of which have survived through the centuries despite the wars, earthquakes, fires and bombings. Overnight in Bologna.
This morning you will transfer to Parma by train and check-in at the hotel. The visit of the city can be conducted independently or with an authorized guide (optional service). The city of Parma boasts a collected and elegant exquisiteness, in which monuments of incomparable beauty stand out such as the city’s Cathedral, famous for the dome frescoed by Correggio (style of all those made in the Baroque period in Rome) and the Baptistery of Benedetto Antelami, whose unusual forms, inspired by French Gothic styles, are accompanied by the splendid interior decoration. This visit also includes the Pilotta Museums, which contain many treasures of art, but above all the great Farnese Theater, one of the first modern theaters in Italy, created by the family who ruled the city in the 17th century and still used for events and concerts. Parma is also the capital of food and has been chosen as the chair of the European Food Safety Authority and is home to countless companies for the processing and storage of food, but above all it is home to two Italian gastronomic excellences renowned all over the world: Prosciutto di Parma, a salami with a unique fragrance and flavor, and the famous Parmigiano Reggiano, whose authentic and specialized version can only be produced in these areas of Emilia Romagna. Therefore, a stop in this city is the best opportunity to taste these and many other delicacies, which you will discover in the streets of the center. Overnight at the hotel in Parma.
Transfer to Modena by train. After checking in at the hotel, you can stroll through the historic center containing one of the treasures of Italian medieval architecture: the Romanesque Cathedral, a masterpiece created by two 11th-century archistars, Lanfranco and Wiligelmo, perfectly stored externally and internally. The Duomo, together with its bell tower (called Ghirlandina and the symbol of the city) and the Piazza Grande with the Town Hall, have all been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1996. You can climb the tower and admire its interior and the splendid view of the city from above. An obligatory stop is the centenary Albinelli Food Market, one of the most beautiful in Italy. Modena is home to traditional balsamic vinegar, which every family has been producing and carefully observing for generations here. After a homemade lunch, you can discover the secrets of this product by visiting a vinegar factory. Modena is also the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, who created and gave the name to the famous car, now a myth all over the world; you can discover its history by visiting the museum dedicated to him (which contains many historical representations). If you prefer music and theater, a stop in the Luciano Pavarotti house-museum is a must, where the great tenor spent many happy years of his life, entailing a villa surrounded by nature at the gates of the city. Overnight at the hotel in Modena.
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