12 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

12 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

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12 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5​h
1
Bologna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cervia
— 4 nights
3
Parma
— 3 nights
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: London

4
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Get a sense of the local culture at Le Mura and Ferrara Cathedral. Visit Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita and Basilica di Sant'Antonio da Padova for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Acetaia Villa San Donnino (in Modena), Salse di Nirano (in Fiorano Modenese) and Parco Regionale Abbazia di Monteveglio (in Monteveglio). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Oasi La Rizza, head outdoors with Giardini Margherita, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte, and ponder the world of politics at Palazzo del Podesta.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bologna trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Bologna is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Bologna, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Bologna reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cervia.

Things to do in Bologna

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ferrara, Parco Regionale Abbazia di Monteveglio, Acetaia Villa San Donnino, Salse di Nirano, Oasi La Rizza
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Torre Prendiparte ©
Torre Prendiparte
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Ferrara Cathedral ©
Ferrara Cathedral

4
nights
Cervia

Cervia ©
Traditionally a quiet community on the central Italian coast, thousands of visitors flock to Cervia each summer to enjoy its 10 km (6.2 mi) of sandy beaches and temperate coastal weather.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe and Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi). Get outdoors at Bradipo Beach and Spiaggia38Riccione -Anna & Marcello. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cervia: Altamarea Beach Village (in Cattolica) and Musei San Domenico (in Forli). There's much more to do: stroll through Pineta di Pinarella e Tagliata, hike along Labirinto Dedalo, enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno 169, and play a few rounds at Adriatic Golf Club Cervia.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cervia trip planner .

Getting from Bologna to Cervia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Parma.

Things to do in Cervia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Musei San Domenico, Bradipo Beach, Spiaggia38Riccione -Anna & Marcello
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Adriatic Golf Club Cervia ©
Adriatic Golf Club Cervia
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe ©

3
nights
Parma

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Visit Castello di Rivalta and Gropparello Castle - Fairy Tales Park for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oasi WWF dei Ghirardi and Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Parma: Castello di Vigoleno (in Vigoleno), Borgo Castell'Arquato (in Castell'Arquato) and Rocca Meli Lupi di Soragna (in Soragna). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Torrechiara and get engrossed in the history at Castello di Bardi.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Parma trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cervia to Parma takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Parma can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Castello di Bardi, Rocca Meli Lupi di Soragna, Borgo Castell'Arquato, Oasi WWF dei Ghirardi, Castello di Torrechiara
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Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato ©
Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato
Castello di Rivalta ©
Castello di Rivalta
Castello di Torrechiara ©
Castello di Torrechiara

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