What to visit in the beautiful city of Emilia Romagna? What to do in the surroundings? What green routes, by foot or by bicycle, train or horse?
Where to stay in Emilia Romagna? How to choose a perfect green hotel or an organic farm and live as a local? What slow food gastronomic specialties not to miss?
Find it out in our travel guides to sustainable tourism in Emilia Romagna:
Emilia Romangna offers 10 cycle routes through 9 amazing parks, from the Apennines to the plain, through ancient villages, natural landscapes and historical memories.
The Stirone cycle route through the Natural Park Stirone and Piacenziano between cultivated hills and the fossil record. The Taro cycle route offers two routes lenses to discover the Natural Park of Taro (Parma). The Carrega cycle route crosses the ancient woods hunting grounds of the Dukes of Parma.
The bike route of the Parco dei Sassi stretches for about 50 km inside the regional Park of the Sassi di Rocca Malatina. The cycle route crosses the Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi and badlands dell'Abadessa, among thickets, cliffs, caves, sinkholes and natural oases. The cycle route of Memory leads to the discovery of the Regional Park of Monte Sole and its history. The bike path of Trebbia goes from the historic center of Piacenza to the beautiful areas of the river Trebbia, finally the bike lane Secchia through the natural reserve of the river Secchia.
The wealth dell'Emiliana Romagna is in his land. The green plains of the Po have always been in this region, enriching his table with delicious food, but also enriching the landscape of magnificent villages and castles, cities of theatres (where grew up Verdi or Pavarotti).
You can choose between Bologna with its arcades and its tortellini, the elegant Parma with its theaters and its Parmesan cheese, Modena with its architecture and its balsamic vinegar, Ravenna with its mosaics and its flatbread.
In Emilia Romagna there are many opportunities for responsible tourism. You can choose to sleep in an old stone village in the Apennines, who was rescued from abandonment by its inhabitants according to the logic of sustainability and enhancement of local resources, as did Briganti in Cerreto Alpi (Reggio Emilia). You can also sleep in an old castle converted into a green hotel focused on energy saving and reduction of waste, such as the Castle of Scipione in Salsomaggiore Terme (Parma). Some travelers prefer an eco-friendly accommodation in the hills of Bologna, as Il Cavicchio agritourism, and other chose a rural hotel with local cuisine and cycling paths, surrounded by the oasis of the park of the Po Delta. The choice is yours!
The first Italian Festival dedicated to the Responsible Tourism, IT.A.CA' migrants and travelers (migranti e viaggiatori), is born in the heart of Emilia Romagna. The Festival is held every year in Bologna and other cities of Emilia Romagna, between late May and early June. If you are planning to visit the Emilia Romagna, we recommend to do it during this festival, which involves cultural associations, cyclists and slow travelers, local groups and slow food.
Emilia Romagna is a breeding ground for thinking in a sustainable way. Here were born the first fair trade groups (GAS in italian), in Fidenza (Parma), and Emilia Romagna is one of the Italian regions most sensitive to the issue of food and buying organic solidarity. Many organic farms where you can choose to stop during your travels are active in the network of organic agricolture, and their owners firmly believe that the revolution can be done choosing the right food.
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Author: Silvia Ombellini
Cover photo: Brisighella, ph. by LucaArgalia, Emilia Romagna Turismo, via Flickr