In the Parma lowlands, every weekend there will be the "most gluttonous relay race in Italy" including the biggest "Mariolone" (Sissa), the heaviest "Prete" (Polesine), the Guinness record "Strolghino" (Zibello) and the biggest cracklings ever (Roccabianca). Evenings with music, beer and entertainment for young people.
Round tables, workshops, and portfolio meetings with very high level professionals, but also exhibitions and books are at the heart of the eighth edition of the international comics festival in Bologna. This year the festival will focus on the importance of training young artists. November 20-23.
Thirty vintage dealers from all over Italy will meet up in Ferrara to offer vintage clothes and items as well as handcrafted creations that revisit past trends. Among the side events are photo sets, make-up and hairstyling sessions, videos and shows. November 21-23.
With the fall season, visitors are once again invited to spend a weekend in the ancient towns and cities of art to experience the charm of history and admire exhibitions of national and international masterpieces which are often housed in spectacular locations worth admiring in and of themselves.
What not to miss
Imola (Bo) is back in the limelight with this big food and wine and cultural event dedicated to the pleasures of the table. This edition's theme "Vegetable gardens and courtyards in the country and the city" keeps in mind the fact that the United Nations has made 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. Until November 23.
In the rooms of Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna there will be more than 140 winemakers and wine cellars from around the region. On schedule are tastings, meetings, discussions, cooking shows and a new space dedicated to products that represent the identity and culture of Emilia Romagna. November 22-24.
About 260 winemakers from 19 regions in Italy and France and more than 1,000 labels will be present at this national fair in Piacenza dedicated to independent winemakers. Tastings, meetings and debates will be accompanied by a space dedicated to the "craftsmen of food". November 29-30.
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
This route connecting Bologna to Florence, crossing the Tuscan Emilian Apennines, has been here for thousands of years and can still be walked today by hiking and mountain biking lovers, on its five sections at heights of about 1000 meters above sea level.
Harmony, wellness and the pleasure of the body go hand in hand with the hot springs in Emilia Romagna. In the 25 thermal spas in nineteen different towns, from Salsomaggiore to Riccione, there are many great deals this season dedicated to relaxation, getting into shape and free time.