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Emilia-Romagna Vacation Packages & Tours

A union of two provinces that joined together in 1945, the Emilia-Romagna region is located in the north of Italy, bordered by the Po River and the Apennine Mountains. It offers a mix of historic and modern with a mouthwatering dining scene that includes the birthplaces of some of Italy’s most famous foods, like Modena’s balsamic vinegar as well as Prosciutto di Parma (cured ham) and Parmesan cheese from Parma.

It’s also renowned for its luxury vehicles, including Ferrari and Lamborghini, and hosts the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088. When it comes to nature, visitors can enjoy everything from soaking up the sun on glorious beaches along the Adriatic coast to hiking scenic trails in the Apennines. Yet with so much to offer, this region is surprisingly overlooked by most tourists who head to places like Tuscany instead. For those who want a more authentic Italian experience without the massive crowds, it’s ideal.

Emilia-Romagna Trip Inspiration

Get inspired with our Emilia-Romagna example trips and then get in touch to plan your own adventure

  • Highlights of Italy

    Rome - Florence - Venice

    8 Nights
    From $4,420 pp
    This exciting itinerary will bring you to three of Italy’s top cities for the perfect way to make the most of limited time. Over nine days and eight nights, you’ll discover ancient Rome, including the iconic Roman Colosseum, Vatican City and its many exceptional museums, a world of incredible works of art in Florence, two of Tuscany’s most stunning medieval hilltop towns, and the dreamy waterways of Venice. Throughout your trip, you’ll stay in four- and five-star hotels that have been hand-selected to ensure your comfort, enjoy 24/7 support from our dedicated staff, and embark on numerous tours led by expert local guides.
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  • Rome & Amalfi Escape

    Rome - Sorrento

    7 Nights
    From $4,540 pp
    This 8-day, 7-night adventure is the perfect escape for those who want to explore the fascinating history of Rome and the jaw-dropping beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Begin with a private tour of Ancient Rome that explores iconic sites that include the Roman Colosseum and the Roman Forum. You’ll tour the many remarkable highlights in the Vatican City too, like the Sistine Chapel with its ceiling covered by Michelangelo’s renowned fresco and St. Peter’s Basilica before traveling to one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines. Discover the charming villages along the Amalfi Coast like colorful Positano and sample the region’s signature drink, limoncello.
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  • Luxury Italy

    Rome - Sorrento - Florence - Venice

    11 Nights
    From $10,650 pp
    This luxurious trip will bring you to Rome, Amalfi, Florence, and Venice over 12 days and 11 nights, covering many highlights in each with expert local guides. Begin in Rome by exploring Ancient Rome and the Vatican City where you’ll step into the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s frescos and explore a wealth of intriguing museums. Head to the Amalfi Coast to soak up some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and make a stop in Naples to enjoy pizza where it was invented. Discover some of the most world-renowned works of art and architecture in Florence, concluding with a sailing excursion in Venice.
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  • Gourmet Italy

    Rome - Florence - Bologna - Venice

    9 Nights
    From $5,220 pp
    If immersing yourself in the flavors of Italy is a priority while enjoying its fascinating historic landmarks and incredible scenery, you’ll want to book the 9-night Gourmet Italy tour. It includes overnights in Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Venice with many private, locally guided tours through iconic places like Rome’s ancient Colosseum, some of Tuscany’s most enchanting walled medieval hilltop towns, and Venice’s picturesque canals. You’ll take part in multiple food experiences too, from a food tour in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome to a cooking class in Bologna. Private transfers and upscale accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels are included throughout the trip.
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  • Captivating Italy & Croatia Private Tour

    Rome - Florence - Venice - Opatija - Plitvice - Split - Dubrovnik

    14 Nights
    From $7,890 pp
    It can be difficult to decide which destinations to visit when there are so many fabulous possibilities. Italy and Croatia are two hotspots and it’s easy to explore both in one trip as they’re separated only by the Adriatic Sea. This 15-day, 14-night private tour will bring you to explore the highlights of these two magnificent countries, with seven nights in Italy, including Rome, Florence, and Venice, followed by seven nights in Croatia, including Opatija, Plitvice, Split, and Dubrovnik. Throughout your journey you’ll stay in upscale, hand-selected hotels on a B&B basis, enjoy many private guided tours, 24/7 support, and private transfers throughout.
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Best Hotels in Emilia-Romagna

As such a diverse region, before determining the best hotel or other accommodation to book in Emilia-Romagna you’ll want to decide on a base (or perhaps a couple of them), based on your particular interests. Bologna can be an optimal spot for many, particularly first-time visitors to the area. Not only does it have a wide range of attractions, but many popular places can be visited on a day trip from here, including Modena, Parma, Ravenna, and even the beach resort towns.

By staying in the historical center, you’ll be steps from one of the best squares in Europe and multiple landmarks. Foodies might consider Parma or Modena with numerous options to sample its signature gastronomic delights, while romance seekers seeking a tranquil, off-the- beaten-path stay will love the medieval village of Brisighella. For a beach getaway, Rimini is home to nearly 10 miles of beaches that make it one of the most popular vacation destinations.

Things to do in Emilia-Romagna

There are practically an overwhelming number of things to do in Lombardy, but for the first-time visitor, these are some absolute musts.


When to visit Emilia-Romagna

The best time to visit Emilia-Romagna depends on what you plan to enjoy and the particular destinations you’d like to visit. The best time for sightseeing is in April or May, or mid-September through October as temperatures will be pleasant, from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, and crowds will be manageable.

The beach season is from late May through mid-September, although the sea will still be warm through early October, making late September the sweet spot for enjoying it when it’s not jam-packed with sunbathers. Activities like hiking and biking are best enjoyed around the same period, April, May, or mid-September through mid-October. Foodies might want to come between mid-September and mid-October, the harvest season with fabulous food festivals for sampling all sorts of delights. Just a few include MortadellaBo, the Tortellino Festival, and Portico di Romagna. As this is the truffle hunting season, you’ll find many opportunities for truffle tasting too.


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