Emilia Romagna

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Emilia Romagna Itineraries

Parma and Modena in 48 Hours

Explore castles, cuisine and fast cars in a top Italian culinary region

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Emilia Romagna is known as one of the top culinary regions of Italy and Bologna is a top city for foodies. Three famous foods originate in this region – Parmesan cheese, Parma ham (prosciutto), and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. In addition, many beautiful castles and historic cities with Renaissance and medieval monuments are in this region. Emilia Romagna is in northeastern Italy and reaches to the Adriatic coast where there are top seaside resorts.

Emilia Romagna Highlights:

* Bologna, an old university town and a culinary capital, has a magnificent central square, an interesting medieval center with towers, an unusual cluster of Romanesque churches, and great food markets.

* Ravenna is known for its stunning 5th – 6th century mosaics that decorate the walls of its monuments and early Christian churches.

* Although Parma is known for its cheese and ham, its historic center is also worth visiting. Parma’s Romanesque cathedral has beautiful frescoes and it has a good 12th century Baptistery. The city is known for its annual Verdi festival. For a good introduction to the foods of the region take the Ham and Cheese: Parma for Foodies Tour.

* Modena is known for exotic cars and Balsamic vinegar but it also has one of Italy’s top Romanesque cathedrals. Its small historic center is pleasant for walking. Then explore the history of Ferrari in the Enzo Ferrari House Museum.

* Ferrara is a beautiful Renaissance city surrounded by walls with a castle and 12th century cathedral.

* Rimini is one of Italy’s most popular beach resorts with its miles of sandy beach and good seaside promenade. It’s sometimes called the capital of Italian seaside tourism and nightlife. Film director Federico Fellini was from Rimini and several of his films were set there.

* Castles of Parma and Piacenza: Many of the well preserved castles in the western part of the region are open to the public but you’ll need a car to get to most of them. One of the best is Vigoleno.

* San Leo, Santarcangelo, and Castell’Arquato are picturesque hill towns, each with a castle. Brisighella, another picturesque hill town, sits below a castle and unusual clock tower perched on the cliffs above it. Brisighella is also a spa town.

What it Costs

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Prices often fluctuate depending on the season, deals, and other factors. Quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong is not a good idea so to give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in €.

See & Do
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€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15 – €30 per person
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Sleep — Out of town/rural
€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 for a double

Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 for a double

€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€€ => €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

N/A => Not applicable

€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets €50 per person


Train service is good in Emilia-Romagna, especially along the coast and to major cities and towns.

Getting There

Bologna has an airport that serves Italian cities and other parts of Europe. There’s also a small airport at Parma that serves some Italian cities. Milan is the closest big international airport.



The region of Emilia-Romagna is known for its outstanding cuisine and several top foods come from this area including Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. You can visit some of the places where these foods are produced near Parma and Modena.

Websites and Maps

Parma Map and Guide

Modena Map and Guide


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