39 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

39 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Emilia-Romagna trip planner

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Bologna
— 17 nights
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Parma
— 8 nights
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Ravenna
— 6 nights
Drive
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Cattolica
— 7 nights
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Bologna

— 17 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Modena (Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, Acetaia Villa San Donnino, &more), Castelvetro di Modena (Acetaia Cavedoni & Acetaia Museo Boni) and Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca (in San Damaso). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, put a fun spin on your tour with Secret Zone, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and see the interesting displays at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Bologna is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Bologna is minus 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Parma.

Things to do in Bologna

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 18:

Parma

— 8 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Parma: Reggio Emilia (Biblioteca Panizzi, Eno-One, &more), Modena (Duomo di Modena & Piazza Grande) and Maranello (Museo Ferrari & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Caseificio San Pier Damiani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata), get to know the fascinating history of Bergogno Borgo Medioevale, and head outdoors with La Pietra Guide Alpine.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Parma trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Bologna to Parma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Parma are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 26:

Ravenna

— 6 nights

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Ravenna side-trips: Milano Marittima (Bagno 300 & Bagno Sauro 286), Cervia (Pieve di Santo Stefano, Bagno 169, &more) and Cesenatico (Stabilimento Balneare Bagno Roberto 43, Porto Turistico Cesenatico, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale, steep yourself in history at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, get in on the family fun at Mirabilandia, and meet the residents at Safari Ravenna.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ravenna online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Parma to Ravenna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ravenna can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cattolica.

Things to do in Ravenna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 1:

Cattolica

— 7 nights
Cattolica is known for zoos & aquariums, beaches, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido delle Sirene, head outdoors with La Spiaggia Malu 90 93, stroll through La Playa Beach Village, and cool off at Altamarea Beach Village.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Cattolica trip planner.

You can drive from Ravenna to Cattolica in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cattolica

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 8:

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.