5 Best Enogastronomic Itineraries of Emilia Romagna

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Joel Fulleda

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Homeland of enjoyable fun in all its forms, immortalized by numerous films and Italian comedies, Emilia Romagna offers the visitor everything he could wish for. Sea, sun and fun on the Riviera coexist with parks and nature reserves in the Apennines. The well-being and relaxation of the thermal baths are flanked by prestigious artistic itineraries. But you know: life and art go hand in hand with good food. Here you will be spoiled for choice. We offer you 5 themed food and wine tours: let yourself be tempted!


  1. Itinerary 1: Salami tour
  2. Itinerary 2: Precious fruits
  3. Itinerary 3: Piadina and fun
  4. Itinerary 4: Cheeses
  5. Itinerary 5: Typical delicacies
  6. User questions and comments

Itinerary 1: Salami tour

  1. 1 stage: Piacenza
    Piacenza and its province are a territory to be discovered. You can enjoy the Streets of Wines and Flavors, walk the cultural and spiritual itineraries, cycle along the paths in the green, walk on the hills, ride among ancient paths and even navigate the Po.

    Typical products: Pancetta Piacentina DOP, Coppa Piacentina DOP and Salame Piacentino DOP. They go perfectly with the DOC wines of the Colli Piacentini. Pancetta finds its best match with Gutturnio DOP.
    To taste: the Nocino. In some areas of Piacenza it is traditional to keep some bottles produced in the year of birth of the children, to then open them on various festive occasions.
  2. 2 stage: Parma
    A city with a refined atmosphere with a prestigious center. Its province creates the perfect setting thanks to a varied natural landscape full of castles, medieval churches and theaters.

    Typical products: Prosciutto di Parma DOP, whose success is testified by 2000 years of history. The Coppa di Parma IGP. Both cured meats to be tasted with Colli di Parma PDO red wines.
    To taste: in Verdi's hometown treat yourself to the Spongata di Busseto, a puff pastry filled with apple and pear jam, candied fruit, pine nuts and almonds.

Itinerary 2: Precious fruits

Emilia Romagna gives its best also in fruit production. A path that winds through the region to savor it at its best, accompanied by highly respected wines.

  1. 1 stop: Brusche Amarene di Modena IGP
    Jam with soft consistency, red color, sweet and sour taste. To be enjoyed naturally, in pies or with ice cream. To be enjoyed with a Lambrusco DOP from Modena.
  2. 2nd stage: Peach and Nectarine of Romagna IGP
    Peach (with a characteristic scent and soft to the touch) and nectarine (crunchy and intensely scented) are best enjoyed with an Albana Spumante di Romagna DOP.
  3. 3 stage: Pears of Emilia Romagna PGI
    Collected only when they reach a precise sugar content. Abbot Fetel is produced only in Emilia. They are appreciated by the best chefs in the world.
  4. 4 stage: Chestnuts from Castel del Rio IGP (Bo)
    Legend has it that the spread of the chestnut tree in the Bolognese mountains is the work of Matilde di Canossa. Cagnina di Romagna DOC is perfect to combine with these chestnuts in roasted chestnuts.

Itinerary 3: Piadina and fun

The Romagna Riviera is known for its ability to entertain and entertain its guests. If you want sun, sea, discos and aperitifs on the beach you are in the right place.

  1. 1 stop: Piadina Romagnola IGP and Squaquerone di Romagna DOP
    A classic not to be missed: the piadina with squacquerone and rocket. In fact, this cheese also goes perfectly with honey, jams and caramelized figs. To be enjoyed with a good Sangiovese DOP.
  2. 2nd stage: Colline di Romagna PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Slightly bitter-spicy fine oil. It has a very diversified use. It is an excellent condiment for local gastronomy dishes.

Itinerary 4: Cheeses

  1. 1 stage: Reggio Emilia
    If you love art, visit its historic center and don't miss the amazing creations of the famous Calatrava.

    Typical product: Parmigiano Reggiano DOP created exactly like eight centuries ago. The condiment par excellence of first courses is excellent to be enjoyed alone or combined with jams, honey and balsamic vinegar.
  2. 2 stage: Cesena
    The historic center, bordered by walls, is of considerable architectural and artistic value. The Malatesta Library, the first Italian civic library, is the only example of a perfectly preserved medieval monastic library

    Typical products: The Cheese of Fossa di Sogliano DOP, aged in sandstone pits, with a smell reminiscent of the undergrowth. Try it with Savor, a preparation based on grape must cooked with various types of fruit.
    To taste: the Pagadebit di Romagna DOC, sweet or dry, so called because the resistant vine used guaranteed the payment of the debts incurred.

Itinerary 5: Typical delicacies

  1. 1 stage: Ferrara
    City of considerable value in the Renaissance period, it still remains prominent in the international artistic heritage. In the list of World Heritage Sites, it is also an ancient university and archiepiscopal seat and hosts important cultural centers.

    Typical products: Panpepato, in its Ferrara meaning, is based on dark chocolate, present both in the dough and in the external glaze. It is enriched with hazelnuts, almonds, cinnamon, pepper. The Cappellacci Ferrara PGI: stuffed pasta with pumpkin, cheese and nutmeg. The PGI Ferrara couple, is a type of bread with the characteristic shape of two small sticks twisted and joined in the center.
  2. 2 stage: Bologna
    An ancient university city with a hectic cultural and social life. Known for its towers and its long arcades, it has a well-preserved historic center, one of the largest in Italy.

    Typical product: Mortadella Bologna PGI, a product so typical that it is known in other regions simply as "Bologna". To be eaten with bread, diced as an aperitif or to be inserted in the filling of tortellini.
  3. 3 stage: Modena
    For a long time capital under the Este family, it is an ancient university, archiepiscopal seat of the Military Academy of the Army and of the Carabinieri. The Cathedral, the Civic Tower and the Piazza Grande are World Heritage Sites.

    Typical product: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO, cooked must matured by natural fermentation through a very long aging of not less than 12 years. To combine with many and very different dishes, to try alone.
    To taste: the Reno DOP wine, white in different variations, produced in the areas of the provinces of Modena and Bologna. Unmissable: fried dumplings with salami.

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