8 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

8 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

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8 days in Emilia-Romagna Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  7 h
1
Cervia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Parma
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
3
Bologna
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cervia: Cattolica (La Spiaggia Malu 90 93 & Altamarea Beach Village), Riccione (Aquafan, Playa del Sol, &more) and The Tiberius Bridge (in Rimini). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica San Vitale, make a trip to Porto Turistico Cesenatico, get in on the family fun at Mirabilandia, and examine the collection at Italy in Miniature.

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Valletta, Malta to Cervia is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Valletta in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Cervia, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Parma.

Things to do in Cervia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ravenna, Riccione, Cattolica, Rimini, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia ©
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

2
nights
Parma

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax in the rural setting at Caseificio San Pier Damiani, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di Parma, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, then examine the collection at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Getting from Cervia to Parma by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Bologna.

Things to do in Parma

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Maranello, Modena
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Cattedrale di Parma ©
Cattedrale di Parma
Battistero di Parma ©
Battistero di Parma

2
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 14th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Academya Lingue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, look for gifts at Giallo Pasta Fresca e Gastronomia Artigianale, then learn about winemaking at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, then examine the collection at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico.

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You can take a bus from Parma to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Modena, Castello Estense, Giallo Pasta Fresca e Gastronomia Artigianale
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Academya Lingue ©
Academya Lingue
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio