A toast in the pool, chocolate pampering, wellness and relaxation. This is the super formula to unplug and enjoy regenerating massages, velvety mud treatments, Christmas lunches and New Year's Even celebrations in fascinating settings and excellent spring waters in the twenty-five centres in Emilia Romagna.
At the many colorful markets and festive fairs, you can definitely feel that Christmas is in the air. For this occasion, stands will offer typical local products, handmade and trendy decorations, crafts, gift ideas and traditional sweets.
From the nativities on the water or on boats to the live representations and scenes crafted in sand or salt, from the mechanical masterpieces to the multiethnic nativity scenes or those in grottoes: many Nativities, all lovely, will welcome this Christmas in the towns and historic cities throughout the region.
Among the many art events in the region, it is worth mentioning: the exhibitions in Parma dedicated to Botero and Bodoni; in Modena "Grand Prix - The Champion Formula 1 Single-Seaters"; in Bologna "Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds"; and the exhibition dedicated to “Zurbarán” in Ferrara.
What not to miss
At the Fiere in Reggio Emilia art and fashion meet in an alternative event, which is both fun and stimulating. Stand owners come from all over Italy to offer the best vintage clothes while the showcase area hosts young artists selling their paintings, sculptures, photographs and ceramics. December 6-8.
Great names from the international jazz scene and a special focus on young talents will come together to form the 18th edition of this festival entitled "Sensitive Sounds". Until December 8.
An annual event in Reggio Emilia, the city of the Tricolore, this is one of the most important foot races in Italy, now in its 18th edition. The competition will surely be high, fed by the participation this year of athletes competing for the Reggio Lands Prize. December 8.
What's going on now
Markets filled with delicacies and traditional crafts held in the historic downtowns offer a great opportunity to dig through the stands and find unusual gifts with which to fill your pockets.
What to do
Ready, steady, go! Saturday, November 30, a week before the planned date, all of the important ski slopes opened on Cimone, in the Apennines near Modena, and at Corno alle Scale, near Bologna. There are many special offers for ski fans, with particular attention given to kids.
Twenty-eight itineraries in nature, to historic and cultural places, and dedicated to discovering great local food, with stopping places, maps, and information sheets about the destinations.