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Apennines & Nature

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Emilia Romagna highlights
Celebrating chestnuts

Celebrating chestnuts

The delightful towns dotting the Apennines, the hills and the plains, immersed in nature, that maintain ancient traditions, in this season celebrate one of the most used ingredients in peasant cooking. Tasty recipes, markets and side events are the stars of these town fairs.

Everyone at the table for mushrooms and truffles!

Everyone at the table for mushrooms and truffles!

Autumn brings with it new colors, smells and flavors that can also be found at the table and at the stands of many town fairs and festivals around the region.  Here undergrowth products abound, in particular mushrooms and truffles, served in both traditional and elaborate dishes.

Art exhibitions

Art exhibitions

Among the exhibitions worth mentioning are that in Modena of motors and music with "Ferrari meets Pavarotti" and that in Bologna showing the works of "Brueghel. Dutch masterpieces". In Ferrara the Este Castle hosts Boldini and De Pisis, while in Ravenna there is "Treasures of the past, focus on the future" .

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Ferrara in Jazz

Back at the Torrione di Ferrara, this festival offers jazz music in all its forms. This year's packed edition will open on Friday, October 16 with the quintet of the talented American trumpet player Wallace Roney to then continue on with its usual three concerts a week until April 30.

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La Bonissima

This festival of flavors and high quality foodstuffs of Modena gets its name from a little statue of a woman.  This event is dedicated to local excellencies and will include cooking demonstrations, tastings, and historic reenactments such as the parade and crowning of the "Godmother".  October 16-18.

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Bologna Jazz Festival

The 2015 edition will be an authentic invasion of jazz: a whole month full of rhythm, with great stars in the best theaters in Bologna and Ferrara and an international cast of great renown in many concerts at the clubs.  October 26 – November 26.

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The fourth edition of the First International Festival of Contemporary Mosaics presents, besides the traditional installations such as "World Works", new exhibitions and the third edition of the Premio Gaem.  The festival is enriched by meetings, presentations, and conferences. Until November 8.

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Festival Verdi

The 2015 edition of this prestigious festival is as packed as ever with events and looks to Shakespeare and the theme of traveling as its guides.  For the whole month of October, Parma and Busseto will be dotted with concerts, meetings, exhibitions, classes, shows and workshops for young people and schools.

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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

Enjoy your autumn at the hot spring spasEnjoy your autumn at the hot spring spas

The 26 hot spring resorts from Parma to Rimini located in 19 towns will each offer new deals to take on the cold season healthily thanks to preventative spa treatments.  The common denominator of all the structures is their combination of the most innovative techniques with the oldest spring waters.

Bike paths in the Parks Bike paths in the Parks

In 9 national parks and one nature reserve, 10 bike paths offer extraordinary tours through the nature's beauties.  The itineraries are great for anyone who likes biking and they can easily be reached by train.

Hiking in the Alta Via trail in the ParksHiking in the Alta Via trail in the Parks

For hikers and those who love old pathways, we recommend the longest hiking trail in the Emilia Romagna Apennines: 500 km divided up into 27 sections crossing over eight parks, accompanied by a full calendar of events.


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