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9 Day Emilia Romagna Castles and Pilgrims Walking Tour 2019
time 9 Days / 7 Nights

Walk your way through the wonders of Emilia Romagna – and get a taste of this glorious region. You will follow a delightful history-themed route, offering the chance to admire medieval castles, Romanesque churches dating back over a thousand years, and a marvelous mid-mountain landscape. All of that exploring works up our appetites! Fortunately, Emilia Romagna offers some of Italy’s best most delicious, fresh cuisine and celebrated wines. One of the region’s most famous products is balsamic vinegar from Modena. You will be visiting a factory to taste it! When you want a break from walking, you will have the chance to relax in a picturesque spa resort, in a hotel complete with wellness center.

inclusionAt a Glance
  • Depart US to Bologna, Italy
  • Arrival in Bologna
  • Bologna – Basilica di San Luca – Bologna -Distance: 6 Miles; Elevation: 600ft; Estimated Time: 3h
  • Bologna – Vignola – Acetaia Sereni (Manaro sul Panaro) - Distance: 6 Miles; Elevation: 700ft; Estimated Time: 3h15
  • Manaro sul Panaro - Sassi di Roccamalatina Park – Montalbano di Zocca -Distance: 12,5 Miles; Elevation: 2700ft; Estimated Time: 6h
  • Montalbano di Zocca - Montese - Distance: 11 miles; Elevation: 2400ft; Estimated Time: 6h
  • Montese – Gaggio Montano - Distance: 10 miles; Elevation: 1700ft; Estimated Time: 5h
  • Gaggio Montano – Porretta - Distance: 6 miles; Elevation: 590ft; Estimated Time: 3h
  • Transfer to Bologna, Depart Bologna, Italy to US
dates Itinerary
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Board your overnight flight and you're off to your exciting walking vacation in Emilia Romagna! 
*Flights are not included in the price of this package.  We are happy to arrange them for you.

Arrive at Bologna’s airport and a private transfer will take you to the hotel in the center of Bologna. Free time to rest or explore the neighborhood. Then enjoy a dinner of local delicacies and a short briefing about the days ahead.

Your walking tour begins in the heart of beautiful Bologna and arrives to the wonderful Basilica of San Luca, where you will enjoy sweeping views. Free time in the afternoon and dinner in typical restaurant.

Private transfer for visit the splendid Rocca di Vignola, followed by an easy walk alongside the Panaro River, before arriving in Modena. You will visit a factory to learn the secrets behind Traditional Modena Balsamic Vinegar and taste vinegar that has been aged 25 years. The dinner menu will include specialities made with Traditional Modena Balsamic Vinegar.

A splendid day in the Sassi di Roccamalatina Regional Park, including a climb up the marvellous cliffs and a visit to the finest hamlets, castles and parish churches in the park. You will be sleeping in the ancient fortified village of Montalbano where a dinner of typical local produce will be served in front of centuries-old stone hearths.

Along your way you will have the chance to admire three alluring medieval castles nestled in a marvellous landscape. You will have the chance to discover the fantastic world of the Gea Gorge, with its age-old mill, and you will also be visiting the historical museum of the Rocca di Montese, dedicated to World War II.

Today’s route runs along a ridge, and will take you up to the peak of Mount Belvedere, where you can admire fabulous views out over the surrounding valleys. Because of their strategic importance, these places were fortified right from Roman times up to the days of the German troops fighting in the Second World War. Along the route, you will be able to see ancient walls and a huge number of trenches and other signs of the Great War, as well as the captivating landscape.

From the Gaggio Cliff, you will walk along the Reno Valley to the renowned spa center of Porretta Terme, where you will be able to relax in the hotel’s spa wellness center.

Your Italy Vacation has come to an end as you transfer from your hotel to Bologna airport and head back home.