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ESSENTIALS GETTING THERE & AROUND
British Airways and easyJet fly direct from London to Bologna, as does Ryanair, which also operates flights from Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester (from £50; ryanair.com). The towns are well-connected by public transport and distances are short, but to get out to the farms and agriturismos renting a car is advisable (from £15 a day; rentalcars.com). Emilia-Romagna is also a popular region for cycling (bike hire from £17; rentalbikeitaly.com).
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Emilia-based tour operator Food Valley Travel arranges day trips and longer itineraries, visiting producers of Parma ham, Parmesan, culatello and traditional balsamic vinegar (half-day self-drive Gourmet Tour from £125; foodvalleytravel.com). Food in Tour has a range of options in Romagna and across the entire region (from £260 for a three-day trip, including accommodation and wine, olive oil and cheese tastings; foodintour.com). Combining a culinary holiday with cycling, Cycle Europe offers a seven-day, self-guided itinerary around Bologna, Parma, Modena and Reggio Emilia, with visits to food artisans, stays in threeto four-star hotels, and luggage transfers between accommodation (from £1,390; cycleeurope.com).
For more information, see emiliaromagnaturismo. com. Lonely Planet’s Italy guide (£17.99) is a useful resource for trip planning, or download the individual chapter on Emilia-Romagna (£2.99) from lonelyplanet.com. The Central Italy chapter (£2.99) of Lonely Planet’s Italy’s Best Trips (£15.99) has in-depth suggestions in its seven-day Foodie Emilia-Romagna tour.
MAP KEY Antica Corte Pallavicina Bologna Brisighella Modena Parma Reggio Emilia Rimini Sant'Agata Feltria