Emilia Romagna?

Old Aug 10th, 2008, 08:47 AM
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Emilia Romagna?

My fiance and I are planning our honeymoon in Italy and there's one part of the trip that we're not sure about. After arriving in Rome, we're heading straight to Florence for 3 nights and then to CT for 3 nights. We intend to rent a car after we leave CT (although that's a challenge too as we're leaving on a Sunday and so many rental car office are closed on Sundays) and then head to Emilia Romagna. After a couple of nights in this region, we're heading south to Tuscany and Umbria for about 6 nights.

My question: which city is a good base to explore the ER area?

We're considering taking the train after CT to Parma (on Sunday) and then renting a car the next day when the rental car shop is open. Or should we head to Genoa and rent a car there (it's open on sundays) and then take a long drive around.

We would really appreciate any comments on this region as we're not as familiar with it as other parts of Italy.
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Old Aug 10th, 2008, 10:52 AM
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My favorite town in the area is Reggio Emilia. Also, many car rental places will make arrangements to drop a car off on Sunday even when the offices are closed. Try autoeurope for a car.
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Old Aug 10th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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Go to Parma.
It is really beautiful and it has several fantastic castels nearby.

Ciao.

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In which month are you coming here ?
Bologna is a nice town to stay, otherwise, if not summer, I suggest Parma or Rimini.

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We'll be there early October.
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I agree with those who find Parma to be a lovely town.

I regret to say that outside of our hotel we experienced Bologna as a surprisingly hectic place that was not very welcoming to tourists.


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