This region of Italy has long been underrated by foreign tour operators. Hugely popular with Italian holidaymakers, Emilia-Romagna is a perfect destination for those seeking a truly authentic Italian vacation, away from foreign presses. One of the wealthiest and most developed regions in Europe, Emilia-Romagna is also home to most of Italy’s automotive industry. Lamborghini, Ferrari, Ducati and Maserati all call this rolling expanse of northern Italy home.
Emilia-Romagna is rich in art, culture, mouth-watering food, wine and striking landscapes. It is famous for its egg pastas like tortellini, and is also the birthplace of Parmesan cheese and prosciutto. Romanesque and Renaissance cities abound the region, and the surrounding countryside is speckled with medieval castles to explore. From its rural landscapes to rolling plains, rich cultural centres to restful beaches; Emilia-Romagna offers a huge variety to any traveller looking for peace and relaxation in a quiet backwater, or the excitement of some of Italy’s most electrifying cities and coastal resorts.
Holiday in Emilia-Romagna
Bologna is the capital of the region, and this medieval student city is home to the oldest university in Europe. The Bolognese are renowned for their bon vivant, and quality of life is their highest priority as can be grasped through its lively theatre scene, and the decadence of its restaurants and eateries.
If you tire of exploring the museums and cultural sights of the capital, then consider heading to the Adriatic coast to the cosmopolitan resort of Rimini on the Adriatic Riviera, which as well as having a massive beach is famous for the quality of its nightlife and clubs.
This is Italian wine country. So a trip to one of the many luscious vineyards will be an enlightening, delicious and heady experience, sure to leave you craving the gourmet delights of the myriads of quality restaurants and fresh food markets around. And as cycling is such a popular pastime in Emilia-Romagna, rent a bike and take a cycle tour to castles such as Torrechiara near Parma or along the coast.
Renting holiday accommodation in Emilia-Romagna
Emilia-Romagna has not seen as much tourism as other more mainstream regions in Italy. This is fantastic news, and means that a trip here is guaranteed to have you feeling like a local instead of a tourist. And what better way to live like a local than in your very own holiday rental? Nothing beats living in an actual home for an authentic stay. Whether you choose to stay in a beachside flat with ocean views, a city centre apartment or a villa in the country; staying in a holiday home means not having to be massed together with foreigners and you can more easily take a page out of the locals’ book: enjoy every moment.