Best wine tours in Emilia Romagna
Discover the secrets behind two of Emilia Romagna's famous products, Parmigiano Reggiano and Lambrusco wine, on this behind-the-scenes, small group tour from Parma. After a short drive from... See More
One of Italy’s most unique, beautiful, and underrated cities, and capital of the Northern Emilia Romagna, Bologna is where some of the country’s best food, architecture, and people can be fo... See More
Join this shared gourmet tour to discover Parma's culinary science and enjoy all its local products.In the morning, depart from Parma towards the “Highlands”. Meet on site with a local host ... See More
Why Visit Emilia Romagna?
Emilia-Romagna is an extensive wine-producing region which stretches across the north of Italy almost from San Marino on the eastern coast to the southern border of Lombardy in the west. This is a land of beautiful Italian countryside and rich, quintessentially Italian heritage - the birthplace of some iconic Italian foods such as prosciutto di Parma ham, parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan cheese) and balsamic vinegar, the home of iconic brands such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Ferrari, and is also the birthplace of operatic legend Luciano Pavarotti, who grew up in the town of Modena. Phew! As if that wasn't enough, this is also a plentiful, welcoming region where the wine flows, the food is fantastic and the cheery towns and cities provide a vibrant backdrop for your visit.
Bologna, the capital of the region, proudly boasts some of the best Italian cuisine in all of Italy, making it an ideal destination for foodies. The salami and cured meats are to die for, and as elsewhere in Italy pair perfectly with the local red wines. The city is also home to Europe's oldest university, some incredible church buildings, Renaissance art and even has a leaning tower to rival the famous tower at Pisa! One of the best things about Bologna is the fact that, although it is often overlooked by tourists in favour of more famous destinations such as Rome and Florence, this makes it a much more peaceful and authentic experience for those who do find their way to this hidden treasure. Instead of hordes of tourists, the pretty streets are calm and lovely, the locals are welcoming, and dull tourist trap restaurants are few and far between.
Also well worth visiting are the towns of Modena and Parma. Modena, aside from being the childhood home of one of the world's greatest opera singers, is also something of a gastronomic Mecca. Here you will find Osteria Francescana, chef Massimo Bottura's iconic 3 Michelin Star restaurant which was the first Italian restaurant in history to be awarded 'Best Restaurant in the World' in 2018. It's far from cheap, of course, but in terms of once-in-a-lifetime food experiences, it doesn't get better than this - just make sure you reserve your spot well in advance! However, it's hard to go wrong eating anywhere in the town and visitors can rest assured that wherever they choose to eat, the local produce and warm welcome will be second to none. There are also museums dedicated to Ferrari and Maserati in Modena, as well as an interesting Pavarotti exhibit. In Parma, slightly further west, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this quietly prosperous city and discover the secrets of its most famous exports - Parma ham and Parmesan cheese!
Outside the major towns and cities, this is a great part of Italy to hire a car and drift from place to place - the flat lowlands of the Po valley provide some lovely scenery, and the vineyards of Lambrusco around Modena are a great place to discover this lesser-known sparkling wine. Car fanatics are spoilt for choice with a total 6 different museums dedicated to various supercar brands on offer, the countryside is dotted with impressive palazzo buildings, and everywhere in Emilia-Romagna there is a feeling of warmth, wealth and luxury which makes any visit a truly special experience.