Take your car and visit the Emilia Romagna ... it's worth
A day of your holiday in Italy, Emilia Romagna and the discovery of its riches historical - cultural.
During your holiday in Emilia Romagna, you should dedicate one or two days exploring the area. It 'very simple,.. you need only a map, take your car with your family and decide where to go. Within 100 km (1 hour by car) there are over 25 great places to visit, places rich of history, culture and traditions.
Seeing is believing ...
1. Lidi Ferraresi - 0 km
The coastal area of Lidi Ferraresi is made up of seven different beach towns, each one with different specifications.
Lido di Volano, the northernmost Lido of Comacchio, is the ideal holiday destination for the lovers of both nature and water sports, thanks to the unspoiled natural beauties it cherishes and a charming coastline which is constantly exposed to the wind. The bathing resorts which follow one another along its wide beach are equipped with modern services and facilities which are able to suit even the most demanding requirements of both families with children and young sportsmen. Apart from the beach, Lido di Volano is also renowned for its beautiful pinewood forest, which is crossed by plenty of both pedestrian and cycle paths which give visitors the possibility to admire outstanding natural beauties.
Lido delle Nazioni, situated just in the heart of Ferrara's Coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea, is the ideal holiday destination for the lovers of water sports who flock to its beautiful lake to perform water-skiing, canoeing, sailing and boat racing. Apart from the lake, which every year hosts important international competitions which attract large numbers of spectators, those spending their holidays at a hotel in Lido delle Nazioni will have the possibility to take part in interesting horse rides, tours or cycle excursions across the charming footpaths of the Park of the Po Delta.
Lido degli Scacchi and Lido di Pomposa are intimate seaside resorts whose accommodation facilities, entertainment activities and tourist services and facilities are aimed at welcoming families with children and offering little guests utmost comfort and fun. Characterized by lush green areas and a compelling beach of fine, golden sand, the coastline of Lido di Pomposa and Lido degli Scacchi gather modern bathing establishments which give parents the opportunity to relax while their children play on the beach or swim in total safety. Surrounded by lush pinewood forests and public parks, modern hotels, campsites and inns overlooking the sea feature high-quality services and facilities which are able to suit the needs of both adults and children offering them outdoor swimming pools, relaxation areas, fitness centres, panoramic terraces overlooking the sea and free bikes for hire.
Born as an ancient fishing village, Porto Garibaldi is now a thriving seaside resort provided with state-of-the-art services and facilities which still retains authentic traditions and a deep connection with the sea. Life in the intimate and welcoming old town of Porto Garibaldi, characterized by fascinating little houses, revolves around the activities promoted by the Canal Harbour, which hosts plenty of colourful fishing boats and in summer stages amazing folk events linked to both fishing and the sea. One of the most famous events is the festival of the Madonna del Mare in June, which combines charming displays of picturesque fishing boats with plenty of music shows, entertainment activities and fireworks which are able to catch the attention of both adults and children.
Lido degli Estensi is the most glamorous Lido of Comacchio and attracts large numbers of young people from all over the world who flock to local beaches and outdoor clubs, take part in amazing beach parties and popular events and enjoy summer dance, trends and activities. The city centre, situated a short distance from the hotels of the sea front, is scattered with the glamorous boutiques and trendy clubs of Viale Carducci. Tree-lined avenues and the lush pinewood forest lead to the beach, where modern bathing establishments offer guests state-of-the-art services and facilities.
Lido di Spina, the southernmost Lido of Ferrara, is a renowned seaside resort surrounded by a lush vegetation and the beguiling waters of its sea and lagoon. Scattered with large and well-kept parks, tree-lined avenues and lush pinewood forests, Lido di Spina is a real natural paradise for the lovers of open-air activities. In summer, Lido di Spina turns into a sort of an outdoor fitness centre; sport lovers on holiday here will have the opportunity to play a remarkably wide array of both water and beach sports and enjoy well-equipped parks and sports facilities.
Comacchio – 10 Km
Placed in the midst of two blue lagoons, linked to inland only by its characteristic red bricks bridges, Comacchio is the most original and historic charming little city of the Po Delta. Ancient churches and market places, elegant villas and modest fishermen houses are reflected in the channel, now only crossed by tourists' boats.
An ancient history whose memories melt into a timeless place inextricably linked to its surrounding natural landscape.
2. Ravenna – 30 km
Listed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, Ravenna is a treasure of art, history and culture of the first magnitude. Between V and VIII century it was three times capital of the Roman Empire and the magnificence of that period has left significant witnesses to us. Ravenna is the city of mosaics: the art of mosaic has not originated here, but here has found its highest expression in a mix of symbolism and realism, of Roman and Byzantine influences and yet today this old discipline lives in schools and shops.
The territory of Ravenna, although intensely man-made, has maintained wonderful natural environment, protected by several natural reserves in the regional park of the Mouth Po. Ravenna is a city on the sea: 9 seaside resorts in 35 kilometers of coastline offer a great variety of happenings and events . The landscape characterized by sandy beachs, pine forests and inland valleys, that struck Dante's and Byron's imagination, seems to have been ideated to offer tourists all kinds of hospitality a visitor could need.
http://www.turismo.ravenna.it Forli – 50 km
In the heart of Romagna, lying on the famous Roman Via Emilia, Forlì has a reserved and quiet attitude, beside its being a center of commercial and cultural ferments, where the people's love for their land has generated a high level quality of life. A city that has been always reserving a meaningful space to culture, history and tradition. Headquarter of a major university, Forlì's cultural life is enriched by many museums, varying in contents, but all equally interesting: Archeologic Civic Museum Antonio Santarelli, Civic Paintings Gallery, Romagna's Ethnographic Museum Benedetto Pergola, Ornithology Museum Ferrante Foschi, Villa Saffi, Museum of The Risorgimento Aurelio Saffi, Albicini Armory, Dante Foschi Historical Museum, Romagna's Teater Museum.
www.turismoforlivese.it 3. Bertinoro – 60 km
The eye follows the smooth hills to get lost in the sea, a panorama always different from the "terrace of Romagna". A perfectly preserved medieval village, rich in history and tied to a generous land, from which comes the culture of wine and of good cooking. Bertinoro is also capital of hospitality, where the quality of life marks every single holiday, with a longlasting tradition of welcoming. In the central square, the Clock Tower, with bells dating back to 1526: much higher in the past, served as a beacon for sailors and travelers. In the background a symbol of the tradition of hospitality, the "Column of Anellas", built during the XIII century to stop disputes between local families, competing to host passing by strangers. Tying the horse to one of the links in the column decided by fate wich family would host the foreiners, to enjoy the tradition of Bertinoro's hospitality.
The millennial city fortess in 1177 hosted Federico Barbarossa, in the late middle ages the most prominent persons from Malatesta, Sforza and Borgia, becoming, by 1584, the headquarter of the Pope's Curch State in the area. Recently restored, there you will find the three monotheistic religions Museum and the Center for Residential Education, home-office of the University of Bologna.
4. Cesena – 60 km
A vital city, where tradition and history blends perfectly with the ability to use renewed energy and turning the gaze towards future. Crossed by the Roman Via Emilia, Cesena is a vibrant city with a splendid center renewed in the latest years to its ancient splendor, a wonderful meeting point both for citizens and tourists. In 1452 Malatesta Novello has given to the city its most precious jewel: the Malatesta Library, built on a former factory of the convent of St. Francis of Minor Friars. There are preserved an heritage of 340 manuscripts, sometimes illuminated, still attached to the original reading benches by chains (stealing the books was struck by excommunication).
Another pride for the city of Cesena is the Civic Teater Alessandro Bonci, one of the most prestigious theatrical factories in Romagna.
Beside this Cesena boasts one of the most beautiful and impressive Malatesta's Fortress of Romagna, with its fortifications and restored walkways, located on the top of the hill dominating the city and surrounded by Garampi Park of Remembrance, with its paths immersed in the green ..
A city full of space devoted to art, history and tradition: Archaeological Museum, Civic Painting Gallery, Cassa di Risparmio Painting Gallery, Museum of History of Agriculture, Natural Science Museum, Basilica del Monte.
www.comune.cesena.fc.it/Cesena/turismo/ 5. Faenza – 60 km
Faenza, along the via Emilia, is an ancient Roman city. Only a few architectural examples remain of the medieval period, for example: St. Hippolytus and the churches of St. Maria Foris Portam and the Commenda. The same cannot be said for what was one of the brightest periods of Faenza during the dominion of the Manfredi family. In fact, a thriving era began with the rebuilding of the Cathedral in 1474, with the influence of Tuscan renaissance art. Artists such as Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano, Donatello, the Della Robbia, Biagio d'Antonio of Florence and others moved to Faenza to work. The Baroque period instead boasts many great architectural works that represent the current face of Faenza: the structure of the two main piazzas with fountain, the clock tower, the loggias and the arcade wings of the Palazzo del Comune (Town Hall) and the Palazzo del Podestà. Most of the church convents were then rebuilt in elegant late Baroque style, as were many aristocratic buildings. The blooming neo-classic age at the end of the XVIII century up to the first thirty years of the following century remains the same, with examples of artistic importance through the works of Giuseppe Pistocchi, Giovanni Antonio Antolini, Felice Giani, Gaetano Bertolani, Gianbattista and Francesco Ballanti Graziani, Antonio Trentanove and Pietro Tomba. Amongst the many works, Palazzo Milzetti majestically seals what was the Romagna civilisation of neo-classicism under both an architectural and decorative profile. 6. Ferrara - 60 km
Ferrara, a city of palaces and parks, churches and squares, ideal for walking and filled up with cycling paths. The city retains, in the urban setting of the wide straight streets, the imprint of the Renaissance, and offers a unique succession of winding little ways to access the old medieval quarters. The Este Castle, originally a defensive fortress and residence of the Duke, was the centre of one of the most important middle age courts in Italy, illustrated by the frescoes in Palazzo Schifanoia. On the Cathedral's facade, formerly known as "the open air Bible", appear images and sculptures of rare beauty, while in the nearby old Jewish ghetto you can still perceive the vitality of the shopping center. Behind the walls of the houses and gardens, green open spaces in the squares, expanded up to create, in the north of the city, and urban park of the Po. Ferrara city of art, heritage of humanity. At 35Km south western of Ferrara you will find Cento, a cultural must visit destination especially for the famous paintings of "Guercino", a wordly famous baroque painter of the sixteenth century. Pope Alexander VI gave this land in dowry to his daughter Lucrezia at the wedding with Alfonso I d'Este, but to find its origins you must to be back to the Romans, who sent there "one hundred" men in order to make the fertile land (in Italian the word cento means one hundred).
7. Chioggia - 70 km
Chioggia, a lively seaside town, in which every stone speaks about the history of the place. Its original structure suggests the classic image of the bone fish. Here art, folklore and popular traditions melted along times in a wonderful fusion with nature.
Connected to Chioggia by a bridge, Sottomarina discloses all his touristic vocations thanks to its iodine air and unique soft sandy beach nearly 10 km long with pearl reflecting and tanning properties.
http://www.chioggiatourism.it 8. Cesenatico
Cesenatico was once an ancient sea port, famous for fishing and trade. Even today the soul of city life is along the harbor channel where the fishing boats, now part of one of the most modern Italian fleet, are still facing the typical restaurants, famous for seafood cuisine. In the port channel, redesigned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1501, you can admire the Maritime Museum, a collection of almost unique and very suggestive ancient crafts, whose colorful sails and hulls recall centuries of fishing and shipping tales. And then ... the beaches, the pine forest, the marina harbour, the sea gardens, large parks, sports facilities, the fish market ...
9. Rovigo – 80
Capital city known also by the name of "city of roses" thanks to the description given by Ludovico Ariosto in his novel "Orlando furioso", the province of Rovigo lays between those of Padua and Ferrara.
City of Etrusco-Roman origin, at about 40km from the Adriatic Sea, discloses its unique environmental heritage also thanks to the Delta Po Park attracting tourists with a series of events and initiatives to develop the touristic vocation of the area.
You have to visit the Museum of the Great Rivers, the "Academy of Concordi", the Civic Museum, the many beautiful churches and buildings that were residence for several noble families of the town.
http://www.rovigoturismo.it/ 10. Bologna – 100 km
Bologna is the capital of the province and region Emilia-Romagna.
Ancient university town (by convention from 1088), hosts many students that hanimate its cultural and social life. Known for its towers and its long arcades, has a well-preserved historic center (among the largest in Italy), under careful policy of restoration and conservation initiated by the late sixties of last century, despite the serious damage caused by urban evisceration of the late nineteenth century and the destruction of war.
The city, whose origins date back to at least a millennium before Christ, has always been an important urban center for Celts and the Etruscans (Felsina), then under the Romans (Bononia), then still in the Middle Ages as a free municipality ( for a century was the fifth European city by population). Important cultural and artistic center, its role sometimes is hard to be recognized, becuse of the lacking of a "masterpiece" of world renown that can attract mass tourists. However, its artistic and cultural importance is based on a uniform set of monuments and architecture (the medieval towers, the historic houses, churches, the structure of the old town) and museums .
Bologna is an important node of road and rail communications in northern Italy, important trade location and heart of important mechanical engineering, electronics and food industries. Home for important cultural, economic and political institutions too.
11. Italia in Miniatura – 100 km
Italia in Miniatura, with 272 perfect scale reproductions of architectural wonders, is not only an extraordinary trip around the delights of Italy, it is also learning more about physics while playing in the Science Fun Park, it is feeling your heart in your mouth on rides such as the Canoe or Sling Shot, it is meeting Casanova while boating through a Venice just five times smaller than the real one, it is laughing at amusing water games and eccentric animated puppets; it is … like all real experiences, difficult to describe and impossible to forget
Padua (100 km)
Padua is one of the oldest cities in Italy, but at the same time one of the most dynamic of the Country. The elegant heart of the City, full of wonderful examples of medieval, Renaissance and modern architecture, is a unique melting of metropolitan with old traditions.
The old is mixed with the modern tradition and the vanguard, in a constant melting that gives this city a beautiful and unique charm.
The province is a kaleidoscope of attractions. From the most famous European Spas to the sweet Euganean Hills, a natural oasis dotted with villas, castles, monasteries, gardens and vineyards. From the picturesque medieval walled cities to the large green countryside with a dense net of rivers ending up into a stretch of the lagoon.
http://www.turismopadova.it 12. Rimini – 100 km
Rimini is like the blues: inside there is everything. So says Luciano Ligabue, the famous Italian popsinger. And everything is really everything. Whether we are sleeping in tents or in the suite of the 5-stars Grand Hotel loved by Federico Fellini, this is a good place to go. There's a wonderful journey of art and culture. Masterpieces unique in the world of Roman and Renaissance period. A walk barefoot by the sea 15 kilometers long, to talk or meditate.
227 beaches. Over 1100 hotels. Excellent organization for children. Rimini is a laboratory city. All the newest trends start here: street bar, happy hour, aperitifs at the beach, dinners by the sea, the sport of the future (the next games), nordic walking on the sand. But above all it's all a matter of atmosphere. "It is Rimini, bellezza." You'll love it. A perfect situation to build friendships for a lifetime.
Go and discover it yourself. You will not regret it. You'll find everything.
http://www.riminiturismo.it 13. Venezia – 120 km
14. Gradara – 120 km
The stronghold of Gradara stands on a hill on the border between Romagna and Marche regions in strategic and dominant position.
Is 25 km from Rimini, 13 km from Pesaro, 3 km frm the Adriatic state road.
The fortress rooms recall the splendor of powerful families that have ruled here: Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere.
After Malatesta and the tragedy of Paolo and Francesca, sung by Dante in one of the most famous passages of the "Divina Commedia", consumed here in September 1289, came the Sforza (including Lucrezia Borgia, the second wife of John Sforza).
A brief period of domination of the brother of Lucrezia, Cesare Borgia, preceded the Della Rovere and the Pope's State of the Church vanished into Italy in second half of eighteenth century.
http://www.gradara.org 15. San Marino – 120 km
Serenissima Repubblica of San Marino is a small independent state located between Emilia Romagna (Rimini region) and Marche (Pesaro-Urbino area).
The State has ancient origins and is to be considered the oldest longlasting republic in the world (the tradition wants its date of foundation on September 3 301).
During middle age and Renaissance, San Marino developed peculiar institutions and, except for some brief periods of military occupation, the Republic has always maintained a certain independence and autonomy.
Today, although not part of the European Union, has adopted the Euro as official currency.
Renowned for shopping and souvenirs, San Marino has a state museum exibiting valuable and famous masterpieces of Francesco Menzocchi, Guercino, Pompeo Batoni, Elizabeth Sirani, Stefano Galletti, Michele Giambono, Baccio Bandinelli, Tiburzio Passerotti, Bernardo Strozzi and many others.