22 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

22 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Emilia-Romagna travel planner

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Parma
— 4 nights
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Ravenna
— 6 nights
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San Leo
— 4 nights
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Bologna
— 7 nights
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Parma

— 4 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Parma: Borgo Castell'Arquato (in Castell'Arquato), Piazza Lorenzo Berzieri (in Salsomaggiore Terme) and Piacenza (Museo Scalabrini di Piacenza & Musei Civici Di Palazzo Farnese). There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Caseificio San Pier Damiani, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Parma, look for gifts at Consorzio Vacche Rosse, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Parma online tour itinerary maker.

Istanbul, Turkey to Parma is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Parma due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in December, Parma is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ravenna.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

Ravenna

— 6 nights

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Explore Ravenna's surroundings by going to Cesenatico (Piazza delle Conserve, Porto Turistico Cesenatico, &more), MAF - Museo Archeologico Civico Tobia Aldini (in Forlimpopoli) and Forli (Cattedrale Di Santa Croce, Chiesa della Santa Trinita, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Basilica San Vitale, examine the collection at Archiepiscopal Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), and relax and rejuvenate at Piscina Riscaldata Buratti.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ravenna trip planning tool.

You can drive from Parma to Ravenna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Ravenna, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Leo.

Things to do in Ravenna

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:

San Leo

— 4 nights
San Leo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Rimini in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 135km southeast of Bologna and about 35km southwest of Rimini.GeographySan Leo borders the following municipalities: Acquaviva (San Marino), Chiesanuova (San Marino), Città di San Marino (San Marino), Maiolo, Montecopiolo, Monte Grimano, Novafeltria, Sassofeltrio, Torriana, Verucchio.San Leo is home to a large fortress at an elevation of 600m above sea level. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica di San Vicinio (in Sarsina), Fosse Venturi (in Sogliano al Rubicone) and Museo del Territorio (in Longiano). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Forte di San Leo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta, get great views at Parco Belvedere - Punto Panoramico, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Leo.

To find maps and other tourist information, read San Leo travel route site.

You can drive from Ravenna to San Leo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in San Leo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Bologna

— 7 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bologna: Modena (Duomo di Modena, Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, &more), Ferrara (Piazzetta Sant'Anna, Ferrara Cathedral, &more) and Museo Ferrari (in Maranello). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico, don't miss a visit to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, and ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Comunale.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bologna trip planner.

Getting from San Leo to Bologna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Bologna sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 24:

Emilia-Romagna travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Emilia-Romagna is one of Europe's wealthiest and most developed areas, stretching between the Po Valley in the north and the Apennine Mountains in the south. This is a land of diverse people and diverse landscapes. The striking contrast between the mountainous areas and the long Adriatic coastline offers some of Italy's most spectacular views. The region has a rich cultural and artistic heritage, with a vibrant music scene that is quickly gaining international prestige. Emilia-Romagna produces a range of fine wines as well as a variety of culinary delights, including gold-colored egg pastas like tortellini and tagliatelle. Farther from the tourism-driven coastal areas, the region features a tranquil countryside dotted with parks and nature preserves, ideal for those looking to spend some time hiking, horseback riding, or cycling on their holiday.