I love planning and organising trips away. I have recently just been for a trip away to the Lake District and I have another trip booked in the middle of November to fly over to Slovakia. One of the most exciting things about traveling for me is planning that goes into it. I love the build up to a trip away, planning outfits, researching the area and deciding what it is you want to do when you get there. Not only does this make me really excited about my trip, but it also makes me feel a little more relaxed if I plan ahead and create some sort out outline to the trip ahead. 

Below is a fantastic guide to help with planning a road trip in Emilia-Romagna, a beautiful city in Italy. It looks like an incredible place to visit with lots on offer and it is definitely on my radar of places to visit. 

Situated near the border of the independent republic of San Marino, in the North of Italy, the region’s rich history goes back 2200 years ago, to the reign of Marco Emilio Lepido, who in 187 B.C. built the famous road Via Emilia (260 Km long) that traverses the region in a diagonal fashion. It connects the major cities of Piacenza, Milan, Bologna (the capital) to the chic beach town of Rimini by the Adriatic Coast. The region’s historical value and the allure of ages past can be felt in the special atmosphere of the many small towns and medieval villages and cathedrals, and also in the splendid scenery that the panorama offers. It provides a spectacular opportunity for a wonderful road trip, as attested by the many tourists who prefer the city of Bologna as the starting point for their trip. Through sites like Primerentcar, one of the most popular rental services with a wide choice of vehicles, you can rent one of these luxury cars in Bologna so that you can reach the many secluded hilltop villages and natural locations that lie off the main roads. From there you can drive across country to taste the region’s culinary specialties, and especially Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham, produced in the town of Parma and for which the region is particularly known. Here you can also learn about the ancient techniques of cheese-making and processing.

Head to the lovely medieval town of Dozza, perched on a hill top overlooking the valley and the ancient river Sellustra and visit the Enoteca Regionale for a wine-tasting and educational excursion of its wide variety of whites or reds (Sangiovese, Lambrusco, Pignoletto, and many more). The town is decorated with beautiful paintings on walls and houses made by popular artists who gather there every year to celebrate the ‘Biennale del Muro Dipinto’ and holds the majestic 13th Century fortress, the ‘Rocca Sforzesca’ with excellent views of the surrounding valleys. If you are a sports car enthusiast, and did not know that Modena is where the Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Pagani and DeTomaso factories were founded, then you need to drive there and visit the many car museums that tell you the story of your favourite car maker and the vehicle’s evolution over the decades. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site for its historical and cultural importance, Ferrara is where historical and architectural beauty comes to life. Here you will find 12th-14thCentury royal palaces and cathedrals, like the Romanesque Ferrara Cathedral (12th Century), Castello Estense, the Renaissance era Palazzo dei Diamanti, and natural treasures like the exotic varieties of the Botanical Garden.

I have never been to Emilia-Romagna but I would love to go back to Italy and explore this area in depth, especially as it has so much to offer for tourists.

Have you ever been to Emilia-Romagna?
How do you like to plan and organise trips away?


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