Perfect 4 Day Itinerary for Emilia Romagna (Bolgona, Modena, Parma), Italy

November 2019

Emilia Romagna – Bologna, Modena, and Parma, Italy

The ultimate foodie trip. Emilia Romagna is a powerhouse of DOP products – “Protected Designation of Origin” that certifies the products are locally grown/produced and maintain a certain level of quality that only the DOP designation can guarantee. To name a few hits, balsamic vinegar, culatello, prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese all stem from this region. While Bologna is just a portion of the Emilia Romagna, it is a great hub to explore the many offerings of the region for day trips out to Modena and Parma. 

What is there to do?

Oh goodness, you really just eat your way through Emilia Romagna! Book yourself on a few excursions to see how the sausage is made – all come with samples of course!

We did not do this but for car lovers, visit “Motor Valley”. Did you know Emilia Romagna is the world’s highest concentration of luxury brands including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati. There are plenty of opportunities not only to visit but to drive these vehicles as well.

Do not underestimate the journey of simply wandering through the streets in each of these towns – there is a magic that cannot be matched.

Where to eat?

Eat. Eat. Eat. All you will do it eat some of the most delicious food in the world. And you will eat if you venture on the experiences mentioned above but do not miss out of some incredible dining experiences.

  • Unless you have your heart set on the famous Osteria Francesca, book at Hosteria Giusti in Modena. 
  • If you have time in Modena to visit Acetaia Pedroni for balsamic vinegar, do not miss the rustic dining experience at Osteria di Rubbiara
  • We had many favorites in Bologna but for a unique and creative twist on traditional dishes, visit Trattoria da Me
  • Oh, and gelato every day is a must

Here was our complete itinerary! 

Activity Food
Travel Overnight  Night Flight to Milan
Day 1 Morning Train to Modena
Afternoon Train to Bologna  Hosteria Giusti

Bloom Naturalmente Gelato

Evening Explore Bologna  Sfoglia Rina 

Cremeria Cavaur 

Day 2 Morning Train to Parma

ParmaLook Food Tours – Parmigiano  Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma 

Afternoon Trattoria al Trabunale 

Ciacco Lab 

Evening Train to Bologna

Chocolate Festival

Christmas market

La Fastuchera

Oltre

Day 3 Morning Churches and Piazzas  Pappare
Afternoon Pasta Risotto Bologna – Pasta making class 
Evening The Archiginnasio – Anatomy Theatre and Stabat Mater Lecture hall

The Two Towers 

Alma Mater School

Creamera Cavaur 

Osteria del Sole 

Trattoria da Me

Day 4 Morning Train to Modena
Afternoon Acetaia Pedroni Osteria di Rubbiara
Evening Train to Milan
Day 5 Morning Flight home 

Read the full trip details here!

If you have been to Emilia Romagna before, let me know what I missed and what your favorites are!

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