12 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

12 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Emilia-Romagna trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Parma
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Parma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cesenatico
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bologna
— 6 nights
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Parma

— 2 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Parma, admire the striking features of Galleria San Ludovico, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di Parma, relax in the rural setting at Caseificio San Pier Damiani, contemplate the long history of Palazzo della Pilotta, then admire the striking features of Palazzo delle Poste, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo Casa natale Arturo Toscanini.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Parma planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Parma is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Parma is minus 2 hours. In January, Parma is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cesenatico.

Things to do in Parma

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Cesenatico

— 3 nights

Cycling Capital of Italy

Cesenatico, a vibrant port city on the Adriatic coast, is home to the Canal Harbor, thought to be designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cesenatico: Ravenna (Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra, Basilica San Vitale, &more) and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (in Classe). The adventure continues: make a trip to Porto Turistico Cesenatico, take an in-depth tour of Marino Moretti, look for gifts at La Dispensa di Romagna, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Piscina Riscaldata Buratti.

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You can drive from Parma to Cesenatico in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Cesenatico sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in Cesenatico

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Bologna

— 6 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Modena (Duomo di Modena, Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, &more) and Ferrara (Porta Paola, Ferrara Cathedral, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, make a trip to Compianto sul Cristo Morto, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, and contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bologna trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cesenatico to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Bologna, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

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Emilia-Romagna travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Emilia-Romagna is one of Europe's wealthiest and most developed areas, stretching between the Po Valley in the north and the Apennine Mountains in the south. This is a land of diverse people and diverse landscapes. The striking contrast between the mountainous areas and the long Adriatic coastline offers some of Italy's most spectacular views. The region has a rich cultural and artistic heritage, with a vibrant music scene that is quickly gaining international prestige. Emilia-Romagna produces a range of fine wines as well as a variety of culinary delights, including gold-colored egg pastas like tortellini and tagliatelle. Farther from the tourism-driven coastal areas, the region features a tranquil countryside dotted with parks and nature preserves, ideal for those looking to spend some time hiking, horseback riding, or cycling on their holiday.