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What to see, what to do Emilia-Romagna?
The 10 good reasons to go Emilia-Romagna
Countryside, sea and mountains
Emilia-Romagna harmoniously combines all the landscapes in a small area
A confidential tourism
If Italian destinations are overwhelmed by visitors, tourism here is niche tourism.
A preserved nature
From the Apennines to the Adriatic coast stretch century-old forests and marine protected areas.
A white coat of churches
The most beautiful testimonies of Romanesque architecture can be found in churches and abbeys.
Cities of singular beauty
All beautiful and different, the towns of the region have an unsuspected heritage.
The pleasures of the table
Good local products and a plethora of restaurants: the gastronomic destination par excellence.
The paradise of the little queen
In the city, in the countryside or on the Adriatic coast, the bicycle lends itself to all kinds of excursions.
The sweetness of life
In this region renowned for its quality of life, la dolce vita is elevated to the rank of art.
A new authenticity
Local products, agritourism, old-fashioned cooking: the tradition remains.
A constellation of castles
They dominate the landscape with their thick crenellated walls and massive towers.
What to visit Emilia-Romagna?
Interview: MY EMILIE-ROMAGNE
with Caroline George, author.
Passionate about discovering the world since childhood, Caroline very quickly fell under the spell of Italy. She left her native Belgium to settle in Florence and share her love of the country as a guide and as an author for Le Petit Futé. She loves exploring Italy to discover its hidden treasures, always in search of authentic addresses.See the video of the interview
Good to know to visit Emilia-Romagna
Museums and some monuments are usually closed on Mondays. They are usually open from 9am to 6pm, but some allow a break between 1pm and 3pm. There are a growing number of museums and monuments that offer a few nights during the week, especially modern art museums.
The rhythm of life in northern Italy generally corresponds to the rhythm of northern Europe: at the office at 9 am, break at 1 pm and dinner at 8 pm
To be booked
It is not necessary to book your visit to museums and monuments. On the other hand, for a guided tour with tasting at a Parmesan cheese, Parma ham or balsamic vinegar producer, reservation is compulsory. Tourist offices can arrange this for you, but it is advisable to do so in advance. Finally, a visit to a car manufacturer's production plant can also be booked.
Budget & Tips
The average price of an adult entrance varies between 6 and 8 €. Discounts are generally granted to minors under 16 years of age. Combined tickets are available for several buildings, notably in Ravenna, where a single ticket gives access to five Unesco-listed sites. Several cities and regions also offer passes to several museums and tourist attractions, and discounts at convention venues. They are available at the tourist office or online. A guided tour followed by a tasting often costs around €10. Finally, in the Motor Valley, prices are a bit crazy for a factory visit (50 to 75 €) or an F1 simulator experience (25 € for a few minutes of thrills!).
Bologna is a very dynamic city, there is always a festival, a fair, an exhibition in progress: jazz festival, comic book fair, children's book fair, chocolate... Musical events take place all over the region: Verdi festival in Parma and Busseto, Ferrara sotto le Stelle in Ferrara in July, with concerts all over the city, jazz in Bologna and Piacenza, rock concerts in Bologna and at the Imola circuit... In another register, in almost every town there are gastronomic festivities called sagre (sagra of chestnuts, sagra of mushrooms...), during which the speciality of the area is given pride of place. Finally, some towns revive their history by organizing the Palio, a joust between the different districts of the town, whose tradition sometimes dates back to the Middle Ages. The Palio is usually preceded by a parade in period costume. The one in Ferrara is the oldest in Italy.
From the traditional city tour to the visit of a museum, from a boat trip in the Po Delta to a bus tour to discover the producers of Parmesan cheese and Parma ham, the offer is varied. Tourist offices, especially those in the big cities, can direct you to the visit that suits you best. Also ask for the contact details of a private guide in French for a personalised approach and an individual visit.
In Italy, it is forbidden to smoke in public places. Smoking is still allowed on terraces and outside. Beware of cigarette butts: throwing your cigarette butt on the ground can get you a fine (even if all Italians do). Cigarettes can be bought in tobacconists, Tabacchi (a sign with a large T). Most cigarette vending machines only work with an Italian identity card or a tessera sanitaria, an Italian health card, i.e. not for foreigners. Electronic cigarette shops are quite rare and tend to charge a different price for locals and tourists.