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lynxcat
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Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
I'm headed to Italy in August. We want the trip to mainly be a wine/food relaxing trip. Mix in a number of smaller cities or towns. We fly into FCO and will spend a couple days in Florence and 1 1/2 in Rome...then remainder (~4 days) will be in the Bologna region.

As of now, we are planning to base out of Bologna and then take day trips. Currently, targeting Parma and Modena but nothing set yet. Interested in Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar tours. Also we may check out Ferrari or Lamborghini.

Recommendations of things to do / places to visit in the Emilia-Romagna region? I've read about it being part of the heartland for food in Italy and it's a part of the country I've never toured.

We will not have a car and will rely on the rail and bus systems.

TIA


Fun Bunch
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
I only spent a day in Bologna and really liked it, but I wouldn't want to spend a few days there. Its a college town and we basically saw everything touristy in one day.

From what I understand there are a lot of towns and such in the region that are incredible.

Drink lots of lambrusco and pignetto, eat lots of parmesan and balsamic.


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baldona
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
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We will not have a car and will rely on the rail and bus systems.


Is there a reason for this? Id highly recommend a rental car for what you are looking to do. It really makes going to places like factories, small towns, etc. soooo much easier.

I'd consider hiring a driver for a day and knocking out some of the above that you really want to do if you are against it.


lynxcat
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
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Is there a reason for this? Id highly recommend a rental car for what you are looking to do. It really makes going to places like factories, small towns, etc. soooo much easier.



I've always only used public transit as a car has seemed like more hassle than it was worth. Driving in a foreign country is just a complexity that I've avoided when the public transit systems are so advanced.

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I'd consider hiring a driver for a day and knocking out some of the above that you really want to do if you are against it.



I haven't looked into a driver. Thanks for the recommendation.


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AbitaFan08
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
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Currently, targeting Parma and Modena but nothing set yet.


Modena is amazing. We didn't do a full balsamic tour, but you can go to La Consorteria 1966 and they will give you a brief explanation and tastes of things for free, and if you go to the gelateria next door and get a cup/cone, you can even bring it back and they will top it with balsamic. It's amazing.

We did a parmesan tour through a consortium, which is free. Most people don't seem to know to do that and unnecessarily pay for a tour. It's extremely fascinating, highly recommend.

Also, if you can get a reservation for lunch at Osteria Giusti, for the love of God do it. It was my favorite meal of the trip outside of Osteria Francescana.


lynxcat
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
Thanks! I’ll look into these recommendations!



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LSUALUM93
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
We are planning a very similar trip for December.

How was your trip?

What did you see? Where did you stay? Where did you eat?

Looking for recommendations.

Happy to discuss offline. You can contact me at saltytiger@yahoo.com
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Tiger Attorney
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
Osteria Francescana was the 2nd best meal of my life. Modena was picture perfect.

Bologna is grittier, but we loved the bar scene. So many negronis...


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CAD703X
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
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Emilia-Romagna


this sounds like a sexy italian girl's name

so i googled it and got this. not disappionted



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hungryone
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
My guide to all things Italian with emphasis on food is Katie Parla. Here's a few of her Bologna recs:
City hitlist: LINK
She has a longer list of restaurants, shops, specialty stores here: LINK
Her rec for the Antica Aguzzeria del Cavallo shop selling traditional tools for pasta-making is spot on. It's one of those "only in Italy" specialist stores that has not bowed one bit to the modern world.


LSUALUM93
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
Thanks for the info. Any hotel recs in Bologna?


hungryone
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
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Any hotel recs in Bologna?

Look at Air BnBs. More space, kitchen, washer dryer if you want it.

Also, consider a night or two in an agriturismo outside of the city: LINK
Easier if you have a car, but worth making an effort if you want to see the countryside.
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MarinaTigerEsq
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re: Italy - Emilia-Romagna Region (e.g., Bologna) Recommendations
I recommend starting in Bologna by taking the little train tour. It leaves out the main square and will take you to the church with all the stairs/porticos. I Portici is amazing and elegant. There are delicious pizza places for lunch and tortellini in brodo is a memorable city specialty. If you are Catholic, you can spend several days enjoying all the little churches in the city. Saint Stefanos is an amazing place to pray. If you are taking the train, be wary. The area around the station can be VERY sketchy. A lot of the great smaller restaurants that don’t take reservations will have you wait while locals who arrive later than you are seated ahead of you. Dude to this practice, I stuck to pizzerias and restaurant’s that take reservations. I love Bologna, btw. If you’re looking for a food trip, a day trip to Milan to eat osso bucco May be up your alley. Osteria Fara is close to the train station and delicious. Ristorante Nabucco is closer to the Brera and is also very good.


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