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Trip Report A Beautiful Visit to Emilia-Romagna

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Just returned from a marvelous first trip (but not last, for sure!!) to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. After having been to Italy at least 15-20 timesy, I sheepishly admit this was my first venture into this area and I LOVED IT !!! Will be returning for more, no doubt.

First of all, thank you to all the lovely Fodorites who helped me with questions, suggestions, and ideas in the planning stages of my trip several months ago, especially to Sandralist and bvlenci and all the others.

Rather than give a day-by-day trip report I will divide this report into specific lists of the very best places we stayed, foods we ate, tours we took, etc. I will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have.

So we here begin!!
The weather for all our 11 days was just glorious. Even though there was some rain predicted in the forecast, we saw ZERO rain and it was a lovely surprise. Of course we DID bring rain gear and umbrellas with us so maybe that was the reason for no rain whatsoever? wink.......

B&B's / APARTMENTS

BOLOGNA - in Bologna we spent five nights in THE most lovely apartment belonging to the Bologna nel Cuore B&B of Ms. Maria Ketty :

B&B Bologna Nel Cuore
Via C.Battisti 29, 40123 Bologna
Tel / Fax : +39 051 269442
Cell : +39 329 2193354
www.bolognanelcuore.it

There are two separate apartments that belong to Maria, in a lovely elegant multi-storied building, as well as another apartment she uses as her B&B with rooms and breakfast provided. We chose to stay in one of the apartments. It was spotless, and I mean spotless, comfortable, roomy, elegant, and just perfect in every way. I cannot recommend highly enough. There was a bedroom with an alcove with very large closet, place for luggage and a safe in the wall, a lovely kitchen with everything you needed to make yourself a meal, a living room, entry hall and a fabulous bathroom with rain shower and washing machine plus drying rack and iron. Flat screen TVs in living room and bedroom, large windows into a quiet courtyard for wonderful night's sleep. We received keys for the apartment, front door, etc. and were on our own, with our hostess available for anything we needed with either a phone call, e-mail, or a walk up the stairs to the flight of her B&B.

BRISIGHELLA

Agriturismo PEDROSOLA
Via S. Cassiano 95
48013 Brisighella (RA)
tel. 054686195 - cell 3292661084
www.pedrosola.it

Just outside of Brisighella, this was a lovely agriturismo run by Patrizia who was just a powerhouse of energy and information. We had a room with one large double bed and a single, an en-suite and a very large green area which was lovely to sit around, have a sunset dinner and just listen to the quiet. Breakfast here was included and it was homemade bread and a cake, honeys and jams produced from their bees and fruit trees, organic butter, coffee/tea, This is a totally green and environmentally-sound place and it is lovely that there are people who want to take such good care of our earth for the future.

CASTELVETRO DI MODENA

Aldina Pane e Burro
Via dei Mille, 26, Castelvetro di Modena MO, Italy
Phone:+39 339 767 1454

This is a true bed and breakfast in the sense that there are only three rooms, and only one has an en-suite. I was not aware of this when booking and while we took the OTHER two rooms and so had a shared bathroom between us, this was not terrible. But it was not comfortable as this bathroom was not en-suite and we had to leave our rooms to get to it. Since there were other guests in the en-suite bedroom it was not a very good situation for us. The place is new and run by a very young couple who, while sweet enough and as helpful as they can be, have a lot to learn about running such a place. They do not live there but communication with them was easy with phone calls and whatsapps. Breakfast here was also included and was a bit more substantial but not anything to write home about. Good thing this is not an important aspect for us.

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