Emilia Romagna: Practical information for your stay

Useful vacation tips for a holiday in Emilia Romagna

How do I best organise my arrival in Emilia Romagna? Which airports and train stations are available, and what should I pay attention to? What time of year is best for a visit and what events must not be missed? These and many other questions will be answered to make your stay in Emilia Romagna as easy and uncomplicated as possible. You find numerous helpful insider tips and recommendations on ZAINOO for a journey to the heart of Italy.

Emilia Romagna: Practical information for your stay

Everything to know about Emilia Romagna, tips and insider information can be found below:


You have three possibilities for your journey to Emilia Romagna: by car, by plane or by ship.

Arriving by car:

Emilia Romagna is crossed by some of Italy’s most important motorways. Coming from the north, the A1 leads from Milan over Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Modena to Bolgona, the A22 leads from Verona to Modena and A13 connects Padua with Bologna. Starting in Bologna, the A14 leads to Rimini via Imola and Forli, and further down the Adriatic coast. Using the motorway in Emilia Romagna and all of Italy is chargeable; only clearways and most urban motorways are free of charge. The speed limit on Italian motorways is set at 130 kph with a maximum of 110 kph on rainy days and on clearways. Expect prolonged travelling time during summer months as the motorways are heavily congested by the great number of vacationers and local bathers, especially on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Arriving by plane:

There are four international airports in Emilia Romagna: Bologna, Rimini, Parma and Forli. The airport G. Marconi in Bologna is connected to many European cities by regular flights. Direct bus routes link all airports to Emilia Romagna’s most important cities and destinations. The airports of Bologna and Parma are served by non-frills airline Ryanair.

Arriving by train:

The north of Italy is fairly well connected to the central European railway network. Consequently, a great number of international trains stop in the province capitals’ stations, and ensure uncomplicated and mostly affordable further travelling.


There is abundance of beaches in Emilia Romagna. Wide sandy beaches stretch south from the Po delta all across the Adriatic coast. One finds a great deal of good hotels as well as beautiful swimming baths with lounge chairs and parasols in the many resorts. Leasing parasols and lounge chairs is mandatory.

Festival & events

Emilia Romagna hosts a great deal of festivals that certainly are worth a visit. Sampling the Italian way of life is a once in a lifetime experience and an absolute must. The following festivals need to be checked against your holiday schedule:


Fiera Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea in Bologna


Carnival in the strongholds Cento, San Giovanni in Persiceto and Busseta

Piacenza Jazz Festival end of February

Crossroads – Jazz e altro in Emilia Romagna: Jazz and world music festival from February to May


Future Film Festival in Bologna

Festa dei Ciliegi in Fiore: cherry blossom festival in Vignola


Bologna Festival: city festival


Corteo Storico Matildico: medieval pageant in Quattro Casrtella

Palio di San Giorgio: medieval games in Ferrara on the last Sunday of the month

Corteo Storico e Battaglia Grazzano: medieval pageant in Grazzano Visconti on the last Sunday of May

Sposalizio del Mare – marriage to the sea: festival in Cervia on Ascension Day


Fest del Culatello: ham festival in Zibello in the first week of June

Vignola è tempo di Ciliegie: observance in Vignola

Ravenna Festival

Feste dell’Unita: state festivals all over the region from June to September


Notte Rosa: rosy night in seaside resorts on the first weekend in July

Festival Internazionale del Teatro Piazza in Santarcangelo early July

Porretta Soul Festival


Ferrara Buskers Festival


Festa de’ Borg: festival in Rimini on the first weekend of September (only in even years)

Modena Buskers Festival

Festival del Prosciutto di Parma: ham festival in Langhirano


Verdi Festival in Parma

Sagra dell’Anguilla: eel festival in the lagoons of Comacchio


Sagra del Tartufo Bianco Pregiato: truffle festival in Savigno and Sangt’Agata Feltria


Presepe della Marineria: illuminated nativity scenes on boats in Cesenatico


Find more practical information and tips for your stay in Emilia Romagna in Italy in the general information for Italy.

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