Things to do in Emilia-Romagna

Our most recommended things to do in Emilia-Romagna

Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your trip to Maranello discover the museum that is home to one of the most prestigious brands in the world, Ferrari. If you are passionate about engines, or simply want to discover the gold-standard of Italian excellence, be sure to take this exciting opportunity in the 'land of reds'. The Ferrari Museum is an exciting exhibition of the past, present and future of the Prancing Horse. During your visit you can experience both the permanent and temporary exhibitions that take place. You can also experience the evocative Hall of Victories in which the Ferrari World Champions from 1999 to today are exhibited.

Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

2. Bologna: City Center Walking Tour

Your tour starts from Piazza del Nettuno. You'll discover the Piazza Maggiore and the Basilica of San Petronio and the Meridian. Next visit the oldest library in the world and Piazza Santo Stefano, where you'll see the wonderful Basilica that overlooks the square. Then visit the Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli and the Garisenda, before you explore the historical market Quadrilatero to admire the historical shops and take in the scents of local food. Finally, visit Palazzo Re Enzo which overlooks the square and is the palace seat of the municipality.

Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 458

3. Maranello: Test Drive Ferrari 458

Don't miss the experience of driving a Ferrari through this lovely region, home of renowned car manufacturer Ferrari, which needs no introduction. Choose the duration of the drive around Maranello. An expert driving instructor will unveil the secrets of the amazing Ferrari. After a short tutorial, you can put the pedal to the metal and rev up the engine, reveling in the freedom of it all. Enjoy the speed (more than 325 km/h), power (570 CV at 9000 rpm), and acceleration (0-100 km/h in less than 3.4 seconds) of this beast as you slide into the driver's seat.

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

4. Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience five incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Neonian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Chapel of Saint Andrew. You will have the opportunity to visit: The Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. When you enter the basilica, your gaze is captured by the high spaces, the wonderful mosaic decorations of the apse and the extraordinary representation of the imperial couple of Byzantium: Justinian and Theodora, with their procession. The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: originally used as a Palatine Church of Arianism, today it allows us to reconstruct the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the age of Theodoric to that of Justinian. The Chapel of Saint Andrew: representing the glorification of Christ in an anti-Arian key, it is the only example of an early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact today. The Neonian Baptistery: one of the oldest monuments of the city, made of simple brick on the outside but rich in marble, stucco, and mosaics of clear Hellenistic-Roman influence inside. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: it was built around the middle of the 5th century, at the behest of Galla Placidia, who ruled the Western Roman Empire. The innumerable stars of the dome have struck the imagination and sensitivity of visitors over the centuries, and of outstanding personalities such as the great poet Dante Alighieri, who drew inspiration from them for the writing of some verses of the Divine Comedy.

Pisa: Square of Miracles Monuments Ticket with Leaning Tower

5. Pisa: Square of Miracles Monuments Ticket with Leaning Tower

Discover the marvelous Piazza dei Miracoli with this combo ticket. By booking this experience, you can visit all the open monuments and museums in the square, including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa! Make sure you have the easiest and fastest way to visit the Baptistery, the Camposanto, the Cathedral, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the Sinopie Museum and climb the Leaning Tower without queuing up at the ticket office. The visit to all the monuments is subject to a fee, except for the visit to the Cathedral which in any case requires the reservation of the entry time slot. If you buy this experience, you will receive the ticket with scheduled entrance to climb the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and to visit the Baptistery, the Camposanto, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the Museo delle Sinopie and even the Cathedral with quick and untimed access. . Apart from the Tower, you can then visit the other attractions at the time you prefer, during opening hours (Baptistery, Camposanto, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Museo delle Sinopie from 9 to 20; Cathedral from 10 to 20). Instructions: 1) Choose the date of your interest and select the number of tickets you want to book; 2) on the day of the visit, go to the Audio Guide Desk and collect your entrance tickets 3) after collecting the tickets you can go up to the Leaning Tower at the reserved entrance time (make sure you arrive 15 minutes before the time slot you booked) and after the Tower, visit the other monuments and museums during opening hours *, showing your ticket to the staff at the entrance of each attraction.

Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

6. Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

Explore two of Pisa’s key sites, the famous Leaning Tower and the historic Pisa Cathedral, without the wait and at a time that suits you. Skip the lines with a timed entry ticket to the Tower followed by quick access to the Cathedral. Collect your tickets at the Sinopie Museum before climbing the 55 meter high Leaning Tower of Pisa, an icon of European architecture that dates back to the 12th century. You’ll be able to take in the views over the city, the neighboring duomo and the rolling Tuscan hills from the top. Next, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. At nearly 1,000 years old, it is considered one of the finest examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture. Like the tower beside it, the Cathedral is sinking very slowly into the ground and you may be able to spot signs of this as you wander around.

Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

7. Parma: Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Tour

Learn the origins of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese throughout a visit to a cheese factory in Parma. Hear how this cheese, protected by the EU, is still produced following traditional methods. Exclusively made in the Zona Tipica of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and parts of Bologna and Mantova, Parmesan cheese dates back over 9 centuries. Watch the cheese makers pull the product from the milk vats, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of cooking and separating the whey. You'll then visit the shaping and salting rooms, before going to the stagionatura where the cheese is aged. Savor the sight and smell of thousands of wheels of cheese, and learn about the strict tests performed by the Consorzio, such as hammering the cheeses before the fire-branding ritual. Finally, taste the delicious cheese accompanied by some honey and local wine.

Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

8. Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your time in Modena, walk the grounds of one of the city's most impressive buildings with this entrance ticket to the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Immerse yourself in an experience dedicated to enhancing the motoring tradition in Modena and learn about Ferrari's fascinating origins as one of the greatest names in automobile history. Upon arrival at the museum you will immediately marvel at the futuristic facade of the building, shaped like a huge yellow hood. As you enter, immerse yourself in the enormous hall that houses various exhibitions that will allow you to learn the history of Ferrari and its founder, Enzo. Whilst inside, take a trip to both of the small cinemas where you can watch two rotating films about the life and history of Enzo Ferrari. These entertaining and educational films will give you insight into Enzo's life and the life of the brand to date. Pay a visit to Enzo's father's workshop, now perfectly restored by the Museum of Ferrari Motors. Visit any of the 5 sectors dedicated to low fractionation engines, 1-6 cylinders, 8 cylinders, classic 12 cylinders, turbos, and Formula 1. To finish off your Ferrari experience, stop by the museum store that offers a wide range of official products and a bookstore that sells the most important Ferrari publications.

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

9. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting.  This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

10. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

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Excellent tour. It was a private tour, and we could move along at our own pace. Bel was our driver and guide. Extremely helpful, very knowledgable. Take a private tour if you can. It is worth every cent we paid for. So much so that we cancelled one of those big group tours, and had Bel again to bring us to Cinque Terre. Once again, she did not fail us. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Very knowledgeable guide, enjoyed walking leisurely as information was given. All questions were answered, Elena was very friendly snd an excellent guide!

Small but very particular and detailed museum. Also valid is the sale of Parmesan cheese made by their dairy as there are forms aged up to 55 months.

Absolutely fantastic food tour. Alessia was amazing and so informative. We were so lucky to have a private tour with our group of 4!!

It is obvious Gabby loves sharing Italian culture. she is flexible and kind and fun.