Daytrippin' out of Bologna

Old Nov 28th, 2005, 01:43 PM
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Daytrippin' out of Bologna

Which cities are musts?

I figure Florence, Parma and possibley pisa.

The wife loves the "picture book" towns and of course wine!
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Old Nov 28th, 2005, 01:47 PM
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I recently posted a message about Bologna. I'll be there in May and plan to train to Parma, Modena, Ravenna, and Ferrara. I'll spend 4 nights in Florence and day trip to Siena and Arezzo. There's a good book called Day Trips Italy.

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Old Nov 28th, 2005, 02:01 PM
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Bologna is an important railway hub, thus a great place for daytrips in different directions. Ravenna - absolutely! And Padua (Padova) with the Giotto frescoes in the Scrovegni chapel (must book ahead). Urbino and the Marche province that's so nice and not overrun by tourists. Florence, of course, Mantua (Mantova)...

Google each of these names and be amazed at the choices!

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Old Nov 28th, 2005, 10:23 PM
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Another enthusiastic vote for Ravenna!

Have a wonderful trip!
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Old Nov 29th, 2005, 06:58 AM
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Ravenna, you bet.
I like Ferrara as well, especially if there's a good exhibition on at the Castello.
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Old Nov 29th, 2005, 04:39 PM
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I'll vote for Ravenna too. But Faenza (on the way to Ravenna if by car) has a nice ceramics museum.
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Old Nov 30th, 2005, 01:45 AM
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Hi R

Venice is 1:45 hr away.

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Old Nov 30th, 2005, 04:12 AM
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Between these 4 towns, Parma, Modena, Ravenna, and Ferrara, if I had to pick only 3, which ones? I know, I know, I'll read up on the towns and will ultimately choose the top 3, but I would love to hear what's special to you about these towns.

Thanks!

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Old Nov 30th, 2005, 07:00 PM
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Monica (or Reckoning)--

What I loved about Ravenna is in my trip report, if you'd like to read it:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34594217

Ravenna is on Day 2, with some discussion afterward. It really is special.

Happy travels!

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Re: "Between these 4 towns, Parma, Modena, Ravenna, and Ferrara, if I had to pick only 3, which ones?"

For us, Ferrara was the least interesting of those three. Not that we didn't like it, but we found more of interest to us in the other towns. I have a trip report here:

http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...2&tid=34692313

and a photo album here:
http://rozault.com/Italy2005/

However, I will say we had a fantastic lunch in Ferrara.
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Thanks! I'll check out your postings.

Monica

PS: I ordered (via amazon today) the Bologna & Emilia-Romagna, 3rd (Cadogan Regional Guides), the only book I could find on this region of Italy. I can't wait to get it and start reading!
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