Emilia Romagna: Italy’s Food Valley

Parma, Modena & Bologna
 

Holiday Highlights

Food valley | In a country renowned for its cuisine, Emilia Romagna stands out for excellence.
Relaxed journeys | With no vast distance between destinations, you have more time to explore.
Historic buildings | Including frescoed domes and a UNESCO World Heritage piazza.
Parma | A UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy and the very heart of the Food Valley.
Modena | An up-and-coming city known for its balsamic vinegar and food emporium.
Emilia Romagna: Italy’s Food Valley. 6 nights
Emilia Romagna: Italy’s Food Valley. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday by rail through Emilia Romagna

Taking the train through Emilia Romagna – Italy’s Food Valley – and staying in the cities of Parma, Modena and Bologna, you savour Italy’s most renowned produce, immerse yourself in its amazing cultural heritage, and uncover some of its best-preserved medieval centres.
Many of the foods we most readily associate with Italy – succulent Parma Ham, deliciously rich Bolognese sauce and sharp, tangy Parmesan cheese – have their roots in and are specialities of Emilia Romagna. But these are just a few of the region’s many culinary treasures, which together have earned it the sobriquet ‘Italy’s Food Valley’.

This gastronomic pilgrimage begins in the city of Parma, whose name is synonymous with its cured ham. As well as the superb local produce to be savoured here, there are architectural prizes such as an 11th-century Duomo and octagonal, pink marble Baptistry. Your next stop, Modena, is an up-and-coming foodie city best known for its balsamic vinegar and fabulous food emporium, Mercato Albinelli. Your journey then ends in Bologna, famous for its mortadella, fresh egg pasta and national dish of Ragù alla Bolognese. Indulge in its bustling street food scene and discover its glorious medieval centre, galleried streets and leaning towers.

We recommend where to taste and buy produce; the osterie and trattorie to try, as well as speciality dishes to look out for on their menus; and our favourite places to enjoy the amazing street food such as Parma’s addictive carciofa pastries and the piadina, Bologna’s fabulous flatbread.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Parma
    Night 1: at Hotel Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati (the first of two nights here)
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Parma
    A UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy and the very heart of the Food Valley, Parma is known for its Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham), Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Porcini di Borgotaro mushrooms and Culatello di Zibello (cured ham). Our food-themed, self-guided city tour leads you to specialist suppliers in Parma’s historic centre and to the city’s superb patisseries and street food vendors. It also takes in all the must-see sights, including the pink Verona-marble Battistero (baptistry), the Pilotta Palace, which houses the fabulous Farnese Theatre and the National Gallery, plus the Duomo with its frescoed dome masterpiece.
  • Pre-book a visit to a cheese-maker
    We highly recommend adding a tour to a Parmigiano Reggiano producer to witness the creation of the region’s iconic cheese and to taste different-aged varieties. This can be combined with a visit to a Prosciutto di Parma producer – see ‘Prices & Travel’ for details of pre-booking.
    Visit a parma ham and parmesan cheese producer
  • Parma to Modena: 30-40mins by train
    You have a short onward journey to Modena where you spend two nights at the Hotel Canalgrande. Make a beeline for Mercato Albinelli, the city’s oldest covered market and one of the most beautiful in Italy. Taste (and buy) the famous Modena balsamic vinegar from a family producer in the market or enjoy typical Modena dishes such as tortellini with cream and Torte Gualmini (sour cherry tart) from one of the stallholders.
    Lunch from a traditional salumeria
  • Explore Modena
    Following our city tour, discover Modena’s architectural wealth, including Piazza Grande with its sublime 12th-century Duomo and its Ghirlandina belltower, plus the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) with its many paintings and the famous Secchia Rapita (stolen bucket), one of Italy’s most contentious historic artefacts. Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari – creator of the seminal car that bears his name – and motor enthusiasts may like to include a visit to his home, now the Ferrari Museum and a shrine to Italian car design.

    From Modena, there’s also the opportunity to enjoy a day trip to the town of Reggio Emilia where the Italian tricolour flag was born, to enjoy its unique food specialities such as erbazzone (delicious cheese and spinach pastries).
    Modena, home of Pavarotti
  • Modena to Bologna: 30mins by train
    Once again, a short onward journey enables you to arrive in Bologna, where you spend your final two nights at the Art Hotel Commercianti, with plenty of time to begin your exploration of this vibrant city. Taking centre stage is the labyrinth of tiny lanes that make up the Quadrilatero del Gusto (Tasty Quarter), where you’ll find ancient hostelries and superb delis brimming with Bologna’s speciality foods, as well as the Mercato di Mezzo for an overload of tempting food stalls.
    Piadina, typical streetfood of Bologna
  • Explore Bologna
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site with what is considered the best-preserved medieval centre in the world, Bologna deserves to be explored at leisure. Using our detailed notes, stroll the city’s magnificent porticos which line its elegant streets; linger in Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city, where you’ll find the striking Basilica, Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo d’Accursio o Comunale; pay a visit to the Cathedral and the leaning Two Towers; and browse the city’s famous markets.
 

Accommodation

The high-quality hotels on this holiday cover a wide spectrum of styles: from Rococò extravagance to contemporary chic. To make your holiday all the more special, we offer an upgrade hotel in Bologna.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

With so much to see and do, there are plenty of reasons to add an extra night in all three cities.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 March 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 01 March 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Mar 2024 £1090 £540
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2024 £1150 £560
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2024 £1230 £560
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2024 £1100 £480
    1 - 26 Aug 2024 £1045 £455
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2024 £1235 £585
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2024 £1155 £540
    1 - 30 Mar 2025 £1135 £565
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2025 £1200 £585
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2025 £1280 £585
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2025 £1145 £500
    1 - 26 Aug 2025 £1090 £475
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2025 £1285 £610
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2025 £1205 £565
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Add £58pp for a tour & tasting at a Parmigiano Reggiano producer
    Add £95pp for a combined Parmigiano Reggiano & Prosciutto di Parma tour

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 01 March 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 01 March 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Mar 2024 £1600 £540
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2024 £1665 £560
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2024 £1765 £560
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2024 £1655 £480
    1 - 26 Aug 2024 £1600 £455
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2024 £1755 £585
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2024 £1670 £540
    1 - 30 Mar 2025 £1665 £565
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2025 £1735 £585
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2025 £1840 £585
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2025 £1725 £500
    1 - 26 Aug 2025 £1665 £475
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2025 £1830 £610
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2025 £1740 £565
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes all elements in the 'journey price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris or Lille (as specified below), with onward travel as described below.

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • 6 nights, staying at Grand Hotel Majestic: 01 March 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 01 March 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Mar 2024 £1340 £555
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2024 £1405 £575
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2024 £1470 £575
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2024 £1385 £540
    1 - 26 Aug 2024 £1330 £520
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2024 £1495 £600
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2024 £1395 £555
    1 - 30 Mar 2025 £1395 £580
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2025 £1465 £600
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2025 £1530 £600
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2025 £1445 £565
    1 - 26 Aug 2025 £1385 £545
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2025 £1555 £625
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2025 £1455 £580
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Add £58pp for a tour & tasting at a Parmigiano Reggiano producer
    Add £95pp for a combined Parmigiano Reggiano & Prosciutto di Parma tour

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights, staying at Grand Hotel Majestic: 01 March 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 01 March 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Mar 2024 £1810 £555
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2024 £1875 £575
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2024 £1960 £575
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2024 £1895 £540
    1 - 26 Aug 2024 £1840 £520
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2024 £1975 £600
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2024 £1870 £555
    1 - 30 Mar 2025 £1885 £580
    31 Mar - 27 Apr 2025 £1950 £600
    28 Apr - 27 Jun 2025 £2040 £600
    28 Jun - 31 Jul 2025 £1975 £565
    1 - 26 Aug 2025 £1915 £545
    27 Aug - 28 Sep 2025 £2055 £625
    29 Sep - 25 Oct 2025 £1945 £580
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes all elements in the 'journey price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris or Lille (as specified below), with onward travel as described below.

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati, Parma
    Junior suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £28
    Junior suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £29
    Suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £60
    Suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £62
    Art Hotel Commercianti, Bologna
    Deluxe: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £13
    Deluxe: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £14
    Deluxe with terrasse: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £22
    Deluxe with terrasse: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £23
    Junior suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £37
    Junior suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £38

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati, Parma (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 £102 £200
    01 Apr - 31 Jul 2024 £114 £224
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2024 £102 £200
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £114 £224
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2025 £106 £208
    01 Apr - 31 Jul 2025 £119 £233
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2025 £106 £208
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £119 £233
    Hotel Canalgrande, Modena (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 £102 £177
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2024 £115 £203
    01 May - 31 May 2024 £138 £249
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2024 £146 £264
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £126 £224
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £166 £304
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £132 £238
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2025 £106 £184
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2025 £120 £212
    01 May - 31 May 2025 £145 £260
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2025 £155 £278
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £135 £237
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £175 £320
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £140 £250
    Art Hotel Commercianti, Bologna (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 12 Jul 2024 £150 £198
    13 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £136 £180
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £150 £198
    01 Mar - 12 Jul 2025 £160 £210
    13 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £145 £191
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £160 £210
  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati, Parma
    Junior suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £28
    Junior suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £29
    Suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £60
    Suite: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £62
    Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna
    Deluxe: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £190
    Deluxe: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £200
    Superior: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £134
    Superior: 01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £140

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati, Parma (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 £102 £200
    01 Apr - 31 Jul 2024 £114 £224
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2024 £102 £200
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £114 £224
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2025 £106 £208
    01 Apr - 31 Jul 2025 £119 £233
    01 Aug - 31 Aug 2025 £106 £208
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £119 £233
    Hotel Canalgrande, Modena (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2024 £102 £177
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2024 £115 £203
    01 May - 31 May 2024 £138 £249
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2024 £146 £264
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £126 £224
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £166 £304
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £132 £238
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2025 £106 £184
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2025 £120 £212
    01 May - 31 May 2025 £145 £260
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2025 £155 £278
    01 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £135 £237
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £175 £320
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £140 £250
    Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 31 Oct 2024 £220 £380
    01 Mar - 31 Oct 2025 £230 £400
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bologna, Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying into Milan. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Aberdeen - Bologna (via Paris) Air France 
    Aberdeen - Milan Malpensa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Birmingham - Bologna (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Milan Malpensa (via Zurich) Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Bologna Ryanair 
    Bristol - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Bologna Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Milan Malpensa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bologna easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Linate easyJet 
    Gatwick - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bologna British Airways 
    Heathrow - Bologna (via Düsseldorf) Eurowings 
    Heathrow - Milan Linate Alitalia,  British Airways 
    Heathrow - Milan Malpensa British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Bologna Ryanair 
    Luton - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bologna Ryanair 
    Stansted - Milan Malpensa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bologna Ryanair 
    Manchester - Bologna (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Milan Malpensa easyJet,  Flybe,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Bologna (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Milan Malpensa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying into Milan. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.
     

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tend to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bologna

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Bologna centrale to Parma (1h) £18-£19 1900
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    own travel arrangements from city to airport pay locally flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan Linate

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Milano centrale to Parma (0h45-1h30) £28-£29 1900
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    rail Bologna Centrale to Milan Centrale (1h10-2h30) £58-£60 1200

    Connecting travel options - flying via Milan Malpensa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Milano centrale to Parma (0h45-1h30) £28-£29 1900
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    rail Bologna Centrale to Milan Centrale (1h10-2h30) £58-£60 1200
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts
  • rail travel Parma-Modena-Bologna
  • notes for a walking tour of each city
 
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    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
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    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
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