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
More than 150 events all December long and until Epiphany (January 6). Imany, Massimo Ranieri, the stars of Italian hip hop such as Fedez, Two Fingerz and Gué Pequeno, DJ sets, and marching bands will all come to the Romagna Riviera. New Year's Eve will be celebrated with Marco Mengoni and many other events will be held from the seaside to historic downtown.
Toasts at the magical Duchy castles
Elegant dinners, dancing, fireworks, and candlelight tours. Where can you find all of this? In the manors of the medieval towns in the hills between Parma and Piacenza, engulfed in a romantic atmosphere of times gone by for a unique New Year's party away from the crowds. December 27 – January 2.
The star of this long New Year's Eve celebration is the Estense Castle which will welcome 2014 with amazing pyrotechnics launched from the moat, towers and balconies with alternating cascades and vortexes of light all to the rhythm of music played by important Italian artists. December 31.
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.