The Enchanted Villages and Secret Beauties of Romagna
Romagna, Italy has always been synonymous with hospitality, authenticity and seaside destinations. This itinerary, however, will make you discover much more, taking you away from traditional tourist destinations and helping you deeply discover an authentic land with a strong and genuine character. From the plains, to the hills, to the sea, from art, to nature, to the products of the earth, each step will surprise you and make you appreciate the multifarious treasures of this part of the region. It is a journey full of surprises that will be impossible to forget.
Best season : From April to October (Weekends are not recommended in the summer months June-August)
Included / Not Included
Assistance upon arrival at the airport/station in Bologna
Car rental with insurance
3 nights in a minimum 3-star hotel/ B&B with double room accommodation
Guided Bertinoro Oil tasting
Guided tour and access to the UNESCO monuments of Ravenna
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, you will be greeted by a member of the Italy Trails team who will give you the travel material; after that, you can pick up the rental car and set off on your adventure. Not far from the Emilian capital, you will find one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, lying on soft hills and surrounded by vineyards. Here, you can wander the picturesque streets, admiring the walls painted by Italian and international artists and, if you want, you can visit the medieval fortress, from which you can enjoy an enchanting view of the surrounding hills. After a relaxing lunch, which will introduce you to the flavors and wines of this land, you can travel back to another area with ancient origins, known for being the place where the best oil of the region is produced, which you can taste at a local producer. This place will also allow you to admire streets full of history, climb the hills that flank it and stroll among unique landscapes; you will also see a small castle, which will make you think you have gone back in time. After a day of excitement, you can go to Faenza, an elegant city known for its centuries-old tradition of artisan ceramics, where you will dine and spend the night. Overnight in a hotel in Faenza.
If you want to identify the history of Faenza ceramics (known worldwide as Faïence), you can start the day by visiting the vast International Ceramics Museum, one of the most important and complete museums in Europe. You will then leave for Ravenna, a city renowned for the beauty of its mosaics, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Here, where you can also have lunch, a qualified local guide will wait for you to reveal the history of the city and the magnificence of its mosaic decorations, where you will also see the tomb of Dante Alighieri and the most beautiful churches including the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and the Baptistery of the Orthodox. After filling your eyes with such beauty, you can leave for Cesenatico, a seaside resort characterized by a peculiar historical center, embellished by a port-canal which is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, also an open-air maritime museum. A walk among the colorful historic boats will lead you to the best fish restaurants in the region, where the catch of the morning is cooked every evening. You will spend the night in the enchanted atmosphere of this seaside village. Overnight in a hotel in Cesenatico.
After skirting some of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy, you will leave the coast with your car to head inland to the evocative profile of the city of San Marino, surrounded by walls and located on the top of Monte Titano. These views will accompany you for part of the journey, until you can reach it and visit it yourself. This Republic, one of the smallest states in the world, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is largely open to visitors: you can linger on visits to the Palazzo Pubblico, as well as 2 of the 3 symbol towers of the city, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view (single or cumulative tickets to be purchased on site). You will have lunch in a typical restaurant, and then you can leave for a legendary impregnable fortress, used for centuries as a prison. Little known to the general public, but with an incomparable charm, this fort is one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance military architecture, located on top of an impervious limestone boulder overlooking the inland valleys.
After this day spent among the fortresses of Romagna, you will return to rest on the calming hills where the best vineyards of the region are located. Here, you can enjoy a genuine dinner sipping the typical wines of the area and resting in the silence of another small village, known for centuries for the extreme hospitality of its people (local families are said to have designed an ingenious system to divide the honor of hosting foreigners passing through). Night in the hotel.
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