Emilia-Romagna is considered by many to be the “bread basket” of Italy, the culinary heart of the country. A two-week visit isn’t enough time to try everything the region has to offer, but we did our best.
There are few places in the world that can match Italy as a travel destination. Much of what the world has for culture or civilization has come from or through it at one point in time. The Venetians and the Romans were pioneers of global navigation, international commerce, and conquest. Much of what the world has in terms of wine and viticulture can be attributed to the Italians. And then there’s the Renaissance and art! All of this makes the country one of the most dynamic and interesting to experience.
From our first trip to Milan, we were smitten. On subsequent trips to Rome we developed a lust for this country. And during our explorations of the hills of Tuscany around Saturnian and San Gimignano, we fell madly in love. From food and wine to the incredible art and history, there is much to explore and love about Italy. There are many great travel destinations, and then there’s Italy.
The energetic, historic capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is our favorite type of city. It is large enough to have lots of things to see and do but is easy to navigate and lacks the crowds that can flood some of the bigger cities.
From a viewing platform above the action, we were able to watch the giant cheeses take shape.
It was already 8pm when we assembled at the massive marble building known as Vittorio Emanuele Monument. It was the meeting point for our tour of some of the most famous remains of ancient Rome, and we were beyond excited.
Any time we travel, paying a visit to local food markets is always on the top of our list. And in a food-focused region like Emilia-Romagna, indulging in the Bologna markets was necessary.
A summer retreat for over 1,000 years, Tivoli, Italy, hosted ancient Romans and the Renaissance elite in its rolling hills just 20 miles from Rome. Here’s a look inside its two most famous sites — Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.
There’s just something special and cozy about cooking with someone’s grandmother in a real apartment in Rome. Her training ground was cooking with her mother and grandmother and her goal was loving her family with food.
Imagine the most fabulous photo you’ve ever seen of the Italian countryside. Then, add a series of pools to those hillsides where you can gaze out across the land and lose yourself in the serenity. This place is real. It’s Villaggio della Salute Piu.
Rome is one of our favorite cities in the world. Nearly everyone visits the Colosseum, but intrepid travelers need to visit the Appian Way and the Catacombs of San Callisto.
The natural Saturnia hot springs in Tuscany, Italy is visually striking and physically relaxing to visit. See photos and details from our visit to Saturnia.