This season we're focusing on Italy's stunning golf regions, showcased by Italy Golf & More. We take a look at the magnificent region that is Emilia Romagna.
Not only does the region feature great golf and stunning countryside in the heart of Italy, but it offers numerous other activities that will appeal to all tastes while also being ideally placed to visit two of the most famous cities in the world – Florence and Venice, just a one-hour drive from Bologna.
The region takes its name from Via Emilia, the ancient Roman road that joins the Adriatic Sea to the great northern planes running from Rimini to Piacenza: an area nestled between the Apennines, the River Po and the Adriatic which, over time, has preserved a rich heritage of traditions, customs and history.
Bologna, Ferrara, Parma, Ravenna and all of the region’s other cities of art are renowned destinations for cultural tourism, locations whose history can be experienced in the architecture of stately palaces and is depicted by the walls that define the city’s geometry. However, Emilia-Romagna is also famous for sea and fun. With more than 100km of beaches filled with hotels, restaurants, night clubs, cinemas and theatres, it is the Italian Riviera and, together with its theme parks, water parks and sea parks, it offers entertainment to suit all tastes.
Those seeking relaxation and well-being can pamper themselves at more than 20 spa facilities situated throughout the area, from the hills of Parma up to the sea of Rimini and Riccione.
And those who love nature have two national parks, 13 regional parks, 13 natural reserves as well as numerous state reserves and wetlands at their disposal. The winter Apennines offers skiers more than 250km of groomed trails to enjoy from Piacenza to Romagna while, in the summer, you can explore on foot, by mountain bike, by canoe and kayak.
Along the 14 ‘Roads of Wine and Flavours’, food lovers will find more than 1,000 stops amid farms, winemakers, cheesemakers, ham producers, farmhouses and artisan workshops. And along the Via Emilia, motorsport lovers can get to know the truth behind the many stories created in the world-famous Motor Valley, from Ferrari and Ducati to Lamborghini and Maserati.
Then there is the golf, lots of it and high quality too, with the Emilia Romagna Golf circuit including two 27-hole venues (Cervia and Modena), 14 18-hole and nine nine-hole golf courses, all sitting within close proximity of each other.
Emilia Romagna is still the only group of golf courses and hotels in Italy that offers golfers from the UK and Ireland tee times, hotel bookings, transfer, rental car and an array of non-golf activities from a single point of contact.
Green fees are available from just €48 (approx £40) with Emilia Romagna Golf featuring detailed information and value packages on 25 courses and 27 golf hotels, while the region is accessible from a large number of UK airports with scheduled and low-cost flights operating into Bologna and Parma.
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