Emilia-Ro­magna

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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).

WHO CAN HELP

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).

FUR­THER READ­ING

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

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