With its roots in learning, the city of Bologna
began its present-day university in the later part of the 11th Century. This capital city is central to the Emilia region to the west, and the eastern Romagna region which touches the Adriatic Sea
. The focus of the Emilia Romagna Festival is remembering classical music
and embracing the works of new composers
, all the while showing its architectural splendor. It is presented in churches, courtyards, convents, castles and fortresses. During the summer months there are a host of musical events – from Mozart to jazz
. Attend a performance at a theatre and be introduced to experimental interpretations, or puppetry. The imaginative talent of buskers brings enjoyment to numerous visitors during the Buskers Festival
in Ferrara. Modena
hosts the International Festival of Military Music
. With modern conveniences, villa rentals are a marvelous alternative to staying in a hotel for your holiday accommodation.
Nearby, the town of Maranello celebrates the Italian mastery of the automobile
with the Ferarri Museum. Maserati cars are displayed at the Umberto Panini Museum of Vintage Cars and Motorcycles. With models dating back to the decade of the Sixties to today, the Lamborghini Museum Sant’Agata Bolognese has it all. An impressive motorcycle and car exhibit can be seen at the Panzano Castle in Castelfranco Emilia. Take in the history of the Ducati in Bologna – at the museum and by visiting the factory. See 250 motorbikes, representing 65 different makers, at the National Motorcycle Museum
in Rimini. After an enjoyable day out, head back to your convenient vacation rental accommodations. Many villa rentals have impeccable gardens and welcoming terraces.
Shopping here is inspirational.
Who can resist a made-in-Italy
leather accessory – created through the skillful marriage of craftsmanship and function? Perhaps hand-painted fabric or the Roman-art inspired Ars Canusina
pottery with its boldly intertwined motifs is on your wish list. Designer stores are located in the heart of Bologna, Farini, and Modena – complimented with unique boutiques and small shops offering fashion, hand-made crafts and paintings. Many stores are closed for a few hours in the afternoon – a great time to stop at an outdoor café and savour that perfect cup of cappuccino
Create your own self-directed wine-and-dine tour
, or join an excursion. Visit wineries and dairies. Pause for a delicious meal. With the Po River and its valley taking up nearly half of the land, this agricultural region yields its bounty. It is famous for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto, and Balsamic vinegar. Flavourful wines of this region - Lambrusco, Sangiovese, Albana, Bianco di Scandiano - add their distinctive note to an enjoyable dinner or a time of relaxation. Explore castles and cathedrals.
Take a boat ride in the Po Delta.
Which accommodation is best suited for your upcoming Italian holiday
? Look at the photos and read the detailed descriptions at Owner Direct Vacation Rentals
. Explore the lodging options of privately-owned accommodations. There are condo rentals in the city or overlooking a lake, a villa rental surrounded by verdant farmland or vineyards, and villas close to town. Other styles of privately-owned vacation rentals include: chalet rentals, apartments, a condo rental by the sea, cottages, and holiday home vacation rentals.