Emilia Romagna

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Emilia Romagna is a region of beautiful Northern Italian countryside which runs all the way to the Adriatic in a band across Italy. This is an ideal region for a rural escape, with exceptionally good food, enriching rural views and some extremely beautiful towns and cities. Our pick of the best places to stay in Emilia Romagna cater to all tastes and budgets, whether you're here for a city break, beach break or exploring the countryside.

Once the Roman road, the Aemilia, ran through this green and gently undulating part of Italy, between the River Po and the Appennines, and that’s where the name came from. Emilia Romagna might also be known to you as the home of both Ferrari and Lamborghini, of Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano and balsamic vinegar, of the Adriatic Riviera, of Verdi and Pavarotti, of Italy’s largest theme park and of numerous Heritage Listed churches, abbeys, palaces and piazzas.

Obviously the food is a huge draw for Emilia Romagna, but the countryside is impossible to export, and is less well known. We all know Tuscany is beautiful, but the Tuscan Romagna region, roughly between Florence and Forli is one of the most unspoiled parts with some wonderfully peaceful hilltop villages and the Parco del Casentino, one of the most important woodland reserves in the Appennine Mountains.

If you fancy a city break then don’t discount Emilia Romagna, just because its countryside is so beautiful.

Parma with its food, fashion, beautiful old cobbled streets and dramatic architecture is a great city break option. Most of Parma's highlights are within a leisurely walking distance of the centre of town, with just a little more effort required to reach the attractions on the far side of the river. You'll find cycling is popular, so join in if you fancy. Otherwise just admire the attitude of folk who'll cycle in Prada.

Parma has real Italian style, in summer the air wafts with classical music - this is Verdi's home - and people sip brightly coloured aperitivos on Via Farini - and in winter there are numerous cosy cafes and restaurants in which to escape from the dazzling splendour of the white light and architecture.

Modena and Bologna are also good possibilities, Bologna with its artistic centre and its beautiful towers and porticoes, and Modena for its medieval and renaissance architecture and World Heritage Listed centre.

Or, if you fancy a beach break then Rimini, Italy’s Adriatic Riviera, might be ideal. This is a very Italian resort, but also a historically significant spot too, known for its Roman relics and excellent food.

The best places to stay in Emilia Romagna are broad like its attractions. And we've everything covered here from chic modern seaside glamour to rustic agriturismi and historic castles.

Best Places to Stay in Emilia Romagna

To Relax

  • Borgo Casale in the hills outside Palma, is a wonderfully rustic, but still chic, hotel with 16 charming rooms - some with lovely balconies. There are also great spa facilities and a modern restaurant. Rooms start from around £80 per night.
  • Locanda Antiche Macine has been charmingly converted from a 17th Century olive mill into a traditional collection of eight rooms and apartments. You're off the coast here, with beautiful views of the Montalbano countryside, and a garden filled with walnut and olive trees. As well as being an idyllic base for walkers, this hotel also offers wine tastings and cooking classes.

For a rural escape

  • i quattro passeri is just back from the coast on the eastern side of Emilia Romagna, a six room country house hotel with lovely original original features, like stone wall and floors, exposed beams and Romagna furnishings. There’s also a large garden with a pool and spa.
  • The Locanda Del Re Guerriero is a chic castle hotel surrounded by rolling countryside. Inside the 12 rooms are elegant and modern. There’s a library and numerous stone fireplaces and lovely antiques and art, and outside there are spectacular views.
  • The Locanda Solarola is a large farmhouse conversion surrounded by parkland. The decor is cosy and traditional, and there’s a well respected restaurant. This is a great spot for large groups as there’s plenty to do.

For something different

  • The Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello is a wonderful castle just outside Parma which has been converted into a 40 room hotel. Rooms are traditional, elegant and romantic, with marble floors, stone walls and exposed beams, and there’s a Turkish pool and spa and stunning views.
  • Carducci 76 is a chic, cosmopolitan beach hotel, owned by the Ferretti fashion house. The decor is international, with a feeling of Zen minimalism and a touch of Africa. There are 38 rooms, two restaurants and an excellent spa.

For great value

  • The Horti della Fasanara is a renovated hunting lodge on a beautiful castle estate just outside Ferrara. The four rooms and suites are luxurious, in a minimalist style, and very romantic, but they start from just £71 per night.
  • The Agriturismo alla Cedrara is a sandstone farmhouse just outside Ferrara with lovely spacious rooms and suites, all with stone floors and wood-beamed ceilings. This is an idyllic spot for walkers or exploring the local region and there are great breakfasts!
  • The Locanda del Feudo in Modena is a traditional home with high ceilings, wood-beams and elegant furnishings. The suites are large and you’ve access to all the mod. cons., plus an excellent restaurant and extensive wine cellar.

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  • Locanda Solarola

    Bologna, Emilia Romagna

    A large farmhouse conversion in the countryside surrounded by parklands. Traditional cosy interiors, charming rooms and suites, swimming pool, highly rated Italian restaurant, and plenty of outdoor activities. The perfect spot for a country escape.

    Groups  -  It's an excellent spot for large groups as there are lots of activities on offer.
    Foodies  -  The restaurant is highly rated in Italian guides.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Agriturismo alla Cedrara

    Porotto Ferrara, Emilia Romagna

    A sandstone farmhouse just outside Ferrara. Lovely spacious rooms, suites, and triples painted in creams with wooden beam ceilings, stone floors, and walk out terraces onto the garden. Good breakfasts, family friendly, and excellent value for local exploring.

    8 rooms from $45
    Value chic  -  Excellent value.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Carducci 76


    A superbly chic cosmopolitan hotel owned by the Ferretti fashion house. Set on the coast, near Rimini, a popular beach spot. Minimalist interiors have Japanese Zen and hints of Africa. Sumptuous rooms and suites have large bathrooms, excellent spa treatments, two fab restaurants.

    38 rooms from $87
    City Style  -  Seriously cool cosmopolitan interiors.
    Romantic Break
    Designer  -  The hotel is owned by the Ferretti fashion house.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Locanda Antiche Macine

    Santarcangelo di Romagna, Emilia Romagna

    A traditional hotel in a converted 17th century olive mill. Rooms and apartments have antique pieces, wooden floors and views of Montalbano countryside. Pool, tennis court and gardens filled with walnut and olive trees. Speciality dishes from the Emilia Romagna region. A charming spot for a family.

    8 rooms from $91
    Families  -  Activities for all: tennis, pool, riding, football field, cycling and theme parks nearby. Apartments have kitchens for picnics
    Country Escape  -  This converted olive press has gardens, pool, wine tasting, cookery classes, and miles of idllyic walking routes
    Sights nearby  -  Romagna sights of Ravenna and Riccione, Cesenatico and Milano Marittima
    Fishing  -  At nearby lake “Felloniche”
  • Locanda del Feudo

    Modena, Emilia Romagna

    A traditional house filled with romance and rustic charm. Large suites have high ceilings, wooden beams, elegant furnishings, and all the mod cons including DVD players. An excellent traditional restaurant and extensive wine cellar. Plenty to explore, including the Ferrari museum.

    from $98
    Sights nearby  -  Rocca di Vignola, Ferrari Factory, and Ferrari Museum.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Hotel Posta

    Reggio nell'Emilia, Emilia Romagna

    A delightful stay in the historic centre of Reggio Emilia in a five hundred year old hotel. Every room is individually furnished giving each persons stay a distinctive feel. The rich heritage of the place is exemplified by original frescos on the hotel walls. One for all the parmesan lovers.

    38 rooms from $99
    Local markets  -  Perfect for exploring the streets and markets of Reggio Emilia.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the production sites of Parmigiano Reggio.
  • Horti della Fasanara

    Ferrara, Emilia Romagna

    A hotel with a wow factor. A renovated hunting lodge on a castle estate. Surrounded by beautiful parkland and slightly set back from the Renaissance city Ferrara at its gates. Luxurious rooms and suites with mezzanine levels are minimal chic with four poster beds and all the mod cons. Very romantic.

    4 rooms from $101
    Romantic Break  -  Beautiful surroundings and very luxurious interiors.
    Garden  -  Surrounded by 2.5 acres of stunning parkland.
    City Style
  • Borgo Casale

    Albareto Parma, Emilia Romagna

    A rustic chic hotel in a rural location. Charming rooms have a cottagey feel; wooden beam ceilings, pastel colours, and adorable little balconies. Fabulous spa facilities and a traditional restaurant that serves modern cuisine. Ideal for couples on spa breaks.

    16 rooms from $112
    Spa breaks  -  Fantastic spa therapies a la carte and by weekend package.
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Restrictions on children
  • i quattro passeri

    Colline di Cesena, Emilia Romagna

    A delightful and quiet country house. Unique rooms with original details: exposed beams, stone walls and Romagna furnishings, some with kitchen areas. Large gardens, outdoor pool and spa area to relax in. Perfectly located for exploring the area and its sights. An ideal choice for a country escape.

    6 rooms from $132
    Country Escape  -  Many excursions from hotel: Rubicon Sogliano; San Marino; sea of Cesenatico; Milano Marittima. Reach by car or bicycle
    Sights nearby  -  Rimini, Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena, San Marino, and the beaches of Riccione, Cesenatico, Cervia and Milano Marittima.
    Views  -  Rubico Valley
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • i-Suite Hotel

    Rimini Central Marina

    A 5 star seafront hotel with ultra-modern design, a unique outdoor pool and top floor spa with stunning sea views. Bedrooms have large windows and many have balconies. The restaurant serves local specialities and large breakfasts. Great for a lively beach break!

    54 rooms from $129
    Spa  -  Fabulous spa on the 6th floor with infinity pool, saunas, turkish bath and much more.
    Close to nightlife  -  Enjoy the many restaurants and bars nearby
    Beach Life
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool with pure white sun umbrellas, soft bean bags and big white mats as an alternative to the classic sun beds
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello

    Salsomaggiore Terme Parma,, Emilia Romagna

    A wonderful castle nestled in the hills of Parma. Traditional elegance throughout romantic bedrooms. Wooden beams, stone walls, marble floors, soft linens. Stunning valley views from terraces, Turkish spa and pool, regional cuisine, and lots countryside exploring. Romantic, rustic, and laid back.

    40 rooms from $135
    Country Escape
    Sights nearby  -  Mazzini Park, Salsomaggiore Convention Bureau, and Thermae Di Salsomaggiore.
    Spa  -  TERME DI TABIANO Spa.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Locanda Del Re Guerriero

    Emilia Romagna

    A chic castle hotel in the rolling countryside. Rooms are elegant and modern with wooden beams, soft drapes and chandeliers; suites split across two levels. Gardens with modern art pieces, a library, stone fireplaces, and antiques. A great choice for an escape to the countryside.

    12 rooms from $146
    Romantic Break  -  Walking or riding tours along the River Po, medieval castles and meadows to see, sleep under a chandelier in this castle
    Families  -  Bigger suites set on two levels are perfect for families, cycling, riding, and sights of the cities Cremona and PIacenza
    Sights nearby  -  Piacenza, Parma, Cremona, Verona, Bologna, Venice
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Borgo Conde Wine Resort

    Emilia Romagna

    An immersive experience that transports you into the culture and traditions of Emilia Romagna wine making. The resort is fitted with luxurious suites and villas surrounded by the sublime beauty of a 110 hectare vineyard. Indulge in signature homegrown wines and enjoy the lovely Forli vistas.

    38 rooms from $151
    Foodies  -  Treat yourself at this 110 hectare working vineyard in Fiumana with three fantastic restaurants.
    Romantic Break  -  With plenty of wine, walks and spa treatments this chic resort is an ideal escape for two.
    Cooking classes  -  Make the most of your time in this foodie region and take part in the traditional Italian cooking classes.
    Great walks  -  The beautiful rolling landscape of the surrounding wine region, is ideal for walking.
  • Antica Corte Pallavicina

    Parma (Polesine Parmense)

    Exuding elegance and charm, this 14th century castle is a special and intimate experience. Its rooms are adorned with antique furniture and its atmosphere matches the rustic Parmense surroundings. The sublime Michelin starred restaurant uses ingredients produced on the farm. A rural Italian gem.

    6 rooms from $202
    Romantic Break  -  This traditional farm with a contemporary twist is an idyllic setting for couples to enjoy the beauty of the Parmense lowlands.
    Foodies  -  Cooking classes with the master Massimo, tours of the cellars packed with maturing cheese, and a Michelin starred restaurant.
    Great walks  -  Wander around the lovely farm and learn about how they produce their world famous salami.
    Cooking classes  -  Traditional Italian cooking classes are offered with Massimo.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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