self-guided, cultural journey by car (hire car included)
Prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan cheese & balsamic vinegar
the fine cities of Parma, Modena & Bologna
stay at a sumptuous rural wine estate
optional grand finale in dazzling Venice
Emilia-Romagna may be one of Italy’s least-known regions – as far as visitors are concerned, at any rate – but, for anyone determined to penetrate the heart and soul of this great nation, it is perhaps the key.
Life is a combination of magic and pasta.
Federico Fellini – Italian film director & screenwriter (1920-1993)
There's much to discover – the turreted village of Castell'Arquato, the birthplace of the Italian flag, the Ferrari Museum, Faenza's famous ceramics, and Ravenna's exquisite Byzantine churches and mosaics – although it is the gastronomy that will leave the longest-lasting and most satisfying impression. The three splendid cities of Bologna, Parma and Modena alone could deliver enough top-quality eating experiences to last a lifetime, and we include visits to producers of Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, two of the region's most famous exports.
To cap it all, you can choose to continue across the Po Delta to end your journey with two nights in the uniquely fabulous city of Venice.