11 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

11 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

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11 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

Start: Bologna
Drive:  1​h
1
Ravenna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Parma
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bologna
— 3 nights
End: Bologna

3
nights
Ravenna

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bagno Bambu and Palazzo Milzetti Museo Nazionale dell'eta Neoclassica in Romagna. You'll get in some beach time at Bagno Aloha and Bagno Florida Beach 43. Change things up with these side-trips from Ravenna: Pineta di Volano (in Lido di Volano), Forli (Cattedrale Di Santa Croce, Chiesa e Monastero del Corpus Domini, & more) and Piazza del Popolo (in Faenza). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ravenna tour website .

Bologna to Ravenna is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. July in Ravenna sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Parma.

Things to do in Ravenna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Comacchio, Forli, Faenza
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Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista ©
San Mercuriale Abbey ©
San Mercuriale Abbey
Cattedrale Di Santa Croce ©
Cattedrale Di Santa Croce

4
nights
Parma

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello di Varano de' Melegari and Abbazia Cistercense di Chiaravalle della Colomba. Explore hidden gems such as Villa Verdi and Rocca di Solferino. Get out of town with these interesting Parma side-trips: Museo Casa Barezzi (in Busseto), Cremona (Centro Storico & Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral) and Basilica di Sant'Antonino (in Piacenza). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Rossena, look for all kinds of wild species at Stretti di Giaredo, examine the collection at Museo Lombardi - Marie Louise and Napoleon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Parma trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Ravenna to Parma by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Parma sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Bologna.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Cremona, Basilica di Sant'Antonino, Museo Casa Barezzi, Castello di Varano de' Melegari, Rocca di Solferino
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Rocca di Solferino ©
Rocca di Solferino
Castello di Varano de' Melegari ©
Castello di Varano de' Melegari
Villa Verdi ©
Villa Verdi

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 22nd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, examine the collection at Boni, then identify plant and animal life at Salse di Nirano, and finally see the interesting displays at Panini Motor Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at International museum and library of music, then explore the historical opulence of Rocca di Riolo, then examine the collection at Museo Diocesano, and finally learn about winemaking at Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bologna trip builder .

You can take a bus from Parma to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Museo Diocesano, Panini Motor Museum, Boni, Rocca di Riolo, Salse di Nirano
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Panini Motor Museum ©
Panini Motor Museum
Rocca di Riolo ©
Rocca di Riolo
Cimitero monumentale della Certosa ©
Cimitero monumentale della Certosa

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