Holidays within the holiday.
Take your pick! You can choose the unique and charming atmosphere of countless art towns, with their treasure chests of history and culture, and their UNESCO sites; or the wilderness of the Apennines, with their lovely villages that become ski resorts with excellent facilities in winter, and the perfect base for trekking and many outdoor activities in summer.
Or else, you might want to go the Motor Valley, home not just to Ferrari but Maserati, Lamborghini, Ducati, and Pagani.
This is a place of endless charm, with its museums, private collections, racetracks, and many events.
The Adriatic Riviera tops it all, with its 110-km-long coast, 15 amusement parks, discos, and restaurants where to enjoy the regional cuisine.
Food and wine are superb in this region, which boasts a Food Valley unique in the world.
44 products are protected under PDO (protected designation of origin) or PGI (protected geographical indication), such as Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Lambrusco wine, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Not to mention the region’s incredible wines, local and Michelin-starred restaurants, 25 museums about food, and a year-long calendar of local festivals, fairs, food tastings and many other events for foodies.
For those who just want to relax and take care of themselves, there are 23 spa centres offering any kind of treatment for a perfect remise en forme (CORSIVO), located in 19 different towns from the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea.
Nature-lovers can count on two National Parks (the PArk of Foreste Casentinesi Monte Falterona and Campigna, on the Forlivese Apennine; and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park, stretching between Parma and Reggio Emilia); 14 regional parks; dozens of nature reserves; and finally, the breathtaking scenery of the Po river and its banks and delta, home to countless species of flora and fauna.
Every year many international events are held in Emilia Romagna: the Festival Verdi in Parma; the Ravenna Festival organised in the magnificent city of mosaics; the Cinzano Grand Prix of San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini, which takes place in Misano Adriatico’s Misano World Circuit; Arte Fiera in Bologna, among the most important fairs for the art market; the Notte Rosa (Pink Night), the coolest party in the Riviera.