Ice Cream, Rimini

Bologna, Parma, Modena… just some of the fabulous foodie places to visit in Emilia Romagna. One of the best food festivals of the year is Forlimpopoli’s Festa Artusiana. The festival is a celebration of the life and works of Pellegrino Artusi, the ‘Father of Italian cuisine’.

In Artusi’s La Scienza in Cucina e l’Arte di Mangier Bene (Cooking Science and the Art of Eating Well, 1891), he considered the scientific role of food in well-being. The Festa Artusiana has a huge programme of workshops, tastings and talks on food culture. It takes place every second-last Saturday of June for nine days (this year, 25 June-3 July 2016).


The most famous home of the ham, Parma, has its own festival dedicated to it. The Parma Ham festival takes place from 5-20 September 2016. Expect plenty of opportunities for tasting…

From May until December, Parma and nearby Piacenza open up 20 of their castles for food and cultural festivals.

Best Restaurant in Italy, and now the world

A trip to Modena should, if money allows, include lunch or dinner at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana. It is currently ranked number two in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants listing.* It has also been voted ‘Best restaurant in Italy’ for the past seven years. The restaurant holds three Michelin stars and promises a culinary experience never to be forgotten.

*In 2018, Osteria Francescana was voted ‘Best Restaurant in the World‘.

Pink night

But there’s plenty more than food and drink to be enjoyed in the region. The summer Notte Rosa (Pink Night) takes place all along the 110-kilometre Adriatic coast. The coastal towns, including Rimini, turn entirely pink; bars, restaurants and shops, decorated with bright pink lights and balloons, stay open all night. A spectacular fireworks display takes place all along the coast. This year – on 1 July 2016 – the Pink Night extends to Ferrara too.

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