Prosperous Emilia Romagna, an east-west agricultural and manufacturing corridor, divides Italy’s alpine north from its Mediterranean south. The ‘Emilia’ comes from the Via Aemilia, an ancient Roman road (187 BCE) turned pilgrimage route; the ‘Romagna’ is a reminder that after Rome’s fall, Ravenna was the most important outpost of the Byzantine Empire. Today Emilia Romagna produces some of Italy’s best gastronomy: tortellini, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, Parma ham, pasta Bolognese, Lambrusco, Sangiovese and more… Add the most coveted cars – Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati… And famous Italians – Renaissance d’Este and Farnese dynasties who patroned the arts; Verdi, Toscanini and Pavarotti… Università di Bologna is the oldest in the world!
Expand your horizons… Emilia Romagna borders on Tuscany, Liguria, Lombardy and Veneto. Combine your visit to Emilia Romagna with the great Renaissance cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa in Tuscany; with the charming ‘five lands’ of Cinque Terre in Liguria; with the fashion-forward Milan in Lombardy; and with Venice and the Lido in the Veneto.
Note: All driving tours feature English-speaking drivers and are private unless otherwise mentioned. Tours are priced based on pick-up point and number of participants. All sightseeing tours are accompanied by expert local guides.