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Emilia Romagna, a region of unrivalled charm, with immense artistic beauty and unparalleled hospitality

Emilia Romagna with its Riviera Romagnola offers beach tourism that attracts families and young people to its shores every summer. Rich in sites of historical and cultural interest, this region boasts a world-renowned wine and food tradition. Skilful hospitality does the rest, making Emilia Romagna an ideal holiday destination in every season.

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Riccione: the green pearl of the Adriatic where the sea means glamour This place is one of the most popular seaside resorts on Emilia Romagna’s Adriatic Riviera. Featured in songs and films, it has become famous throughout the world for its lively and fashionable spirit. We’re talking about Riccione, the Green Pearl of the Adriatic, which has been enticing families and young people for decades with its elegant and party-loving atmosphere. What makes Riccione special? Its large, well-equipped beach, the fashionable clubs that stretch from the sea to the hills, the luxury boutiques of Viale Ceccarini, unique events such as the Pink Night at the beginning of summer, and the large water parks such as Oltremare and Aquafan just a stone’s throw from the centre. Riccione can be explored and enjoyed at any time of the year, but to experience it at its finest, it’s a good idea to plan your holiday here between spring and summer. You can expect an unrivalled welcome, with tranquillity, fun and a touch of glamour awaiting you. The two-sided soul of Riccione, from the seafront to Viale Ceccarini Summer life in Riccione has two main landmarks. The first is the famous seafront promenade that stretches for more than 11 kilometres from the Marano area, bordering Rimini, to Fontanelle Abissinia, before giving way to Misano Adriatico. Along this tongue of extremely fine sand are 148 establishments that promise to meet a wide range of requirements. Those looking for a five-star experience even on the beach should concentrate on the most central area, which includes bathing establishments no. 40 to no. 77. The reason is simple: the entertainment on offer for young and old is unparalleled and the facilities are state-of-the-art, including swimming pools, whirlpools and vascular paths and areas for beach tennis or beach volleyball matches and tournaments. The harbour divides the city in two, and it is in this area that visitors to Riccione will find the second landmark: Viale Ceccarini, a place where the sea air meets fashion and glamour. This elegant district starts from the large Piazzale Roma, dominated by Tonino Guerra’s “Bosco della pioggia” fountain, and extends inland in a succession of boutiques, shops with attractive window displays, restaurants and bars for outdoor aperitifs. Here, the hustle and bustle of tourists and visitors of all ages never stops, not even in the evenings, as venues organise outdoor events, concerts, fashion shows and exhibitions to enjoy with a delicious drink in your hand. And if you are in Riccione at the beginning of July, you cannot miss Pink Night, the most famous event on the Adriatic Riviera, which transforms the city and the entire coast into a big party for three days with music, concerts and exclusive events from dusk to dawn. The most popular nightclubs on the Riviera Riccione shares with Rimini the accolade of being the most popular city among people who want to party all night long. Cocoricò with its glass pyramid and Pascià are within walking distance of each other in the hills of Riccione and ensure unique evenings all year round. The summer schedule is undoubtedly the fullest of the year, but the winter line-ups are no less impressive. If you are in town to watch a sports competition at the Swimming Stadium or to attend an event at the futuristic Palazzo dei Congressi, why not check out the social profiles of these venues and get ready for a morning of music and cocktails? Culture and amusement parks complete Riccione’s wide range of activities on offer Riccione also has plenty to satisfy those who want to explore places of cultural interest during their holidays. Villa Franceschi, a small Art Nouveau jewel that’s only a stone’s throw from Viale Ceccarini, houses the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art with its large collection of works from the 20th century to the present day. On Viale Milano, close to Piazzale Roma, stands Villa Mussolini, Il Duce’s historic holiday home, which has now been converted into a venue for important exhibitions and events. And what about amusement parks? Aquafan stretches over more than 1,000 square metres with pools and slides of all kinds and adrenaline-filled attractions such as Kamikaze, Twist and Surfing Hill. Next to this water park is the Oltremare theme park, which has over 30 years of history. Here, you can embark on a journey through the wonders of nature. Highlights include the dolphin lagoon for guided tours, shows and close encounters with many of the park’s iconic dolphins such as Ulysses, Mia and Grandma Pelé. The Eagle Experience allows you to learn more about eagles, owls, hawks, buzzards and vultures, while the Australia Experience is dedicated to the hemisphere of Oceania with lots of wallabies, palaeontology experiences and plenty of activities for the little ones.
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Tabiano, from castles to extraordinary water Known as the "City of Breath", Tabiano is a thermal spa town nestled in the Parma hills a few kilometers from the Salsomaggiore thermal springs. It is an area rich in history and culture, including the Luoghi Verdiani, the nearby art cities of Piacenza, Cremona, and numerous castles and great food. However what really distinguishes Tabiano is its special water for which it is renowned all over the world. Terme di Tabiano and Terme Emilio Respighi, curative waters The mineral water of the Terme di Tabiano springs, known since the 1800s as the most sulfurous water in Europe, is a cold, sulfurous-sulfate-calcium-magnesium water with a very high content of hydrogen sulfide. These characteristics make it very effective for the treatment and prevention of diseases of the bronchi, ears, nose, throat and skin. The first thermal establishment in Tabiano, however, is the Terme Emilio Respighi, much appreciated by the Duchess of Parma Maria Luigia of Austria. There, great artists of the opera scene from Caruso to Teresa Stolz, from Adelina Patti to Tamagno and many others, benefited from the prodigious waters, nurturing their powerful voices. Maestro Verdi and the librettists Illica and Boito can also be noted as regular guests at the spa. In 1887, Dr. Prof. Emilio Respighi, brother of the famous musician Ottorino, became the Medical Director of the thermal spa, from which it takes its name today. Another well-established thermal spa center in the city is the new T-SPATIUM Wellness Center. Thanks to its many elite services such as thermal mud, it guarantees luxurious relaxation options for natural health and well-being. Tabiano Castello village, home of history and culture Tabiano is much more than a spa town. You will also find the old town of the Tabiano Castle, and the historic residences of its fortified complex. Built in medieval times by the powerful Pallavicino marquises, the history of the Castle traces the wars between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, between the emperor and the Papacy. Owned by the Corazza family, the Tabiano Castle opened to the public in 2016 and, after a recent renovation, can now be visited on guided tours lasting about 45 minutes. Enjoy the typical beauty of the houses of the ‘Antico Borgo’ old town, now a widespread hotel Relais de Charme, Tabiano Castle is an ideal place to treat yourself to a gourmet break at the Caseifici restaurant, where you can taste the local cuisine. For a trip in the surrounding area, outside the border of Tabiano is Bargone, an ancient manor, once a defensive bulwark, it is now a private residence. Thanks to its hilly landscape it is the perfect place for an afternoon of sporting activities including light trekking and bike excursions.
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Castel San Pietro Terme

Castel San Pietro Terme, where you can enjoy the healing thermal waters Castel San Pietro Terme is located right on the border between Emilia and Romagna and is known for its thermal baths, as well as for an 18-hole golf course. This historical centre is part of the Cittaslow circuit, and here it is pleasant to stroll through the alleys and stop to sample the local specialities. The ancient thermal baths of Castel San Pietro The thermal baths here have been harnessed for their properties since 1137, even though the first thermal spa was only built in 1870. Enjoy wellness treatments, relaxing massages or simple immersions in the salso-bromo-iodine thermal waters of Fonte Fegatella, for absolute relaxation just a stone's throw from Bologna. A tour of Castel San Pietro The village is unmissable, no matter which time of year you choose to visit. From afar you can already see the Cassero—the symbol of the town—a defensive bastion that today houses the municipal theatre. Go through the arch and lose yourself in the cobbled alleyways, strolling under the porticoes that will lead you to Piazza XX Settembre. The square is the beating heart of the city and plays host to art installations and markets. At Christmas time, for example, nativity scenes and illuminated decorations create a fairy-tale atmosphere. It faces the Palazzo Comunale and the Sanctuary of the Crucifix. Take via Castelfidardo to see the remains of the city walls. Be sure to visit the crypt of the Church of San Lorenzo di Varignana, where there are traces of cults dating back to Roman times. The Garden of Angels Dedicated to a young citizen who died prematurely, this little corner of verdant paradise is now a celebration of life. If you visit it in the spring, you will be dazzled by the quantity of flowers, although the park is tended all year round. Dining in Castel San Pietro Dining in Emilia Romagna means a feast for the eyes, palate and sense of smell all at once. Here, as in the rest of the region, fresh pasta dominates the table. You should also try the area's cured meats and cheeses, accompanied of course by the not-to-be-missed crescentina fritta (fried dough). It is here that the National Honey Observatory is based, and in the surrounding hills, in the Sillaro valley, there are vineyards that produce delicious wines. Not far away, in Varignana, an excellent extra virgin olive oil is produced. Nature trails After a morning at the thermal baths and an afternoon strolling through the alleyways of the historic centre, why not opt for an itinerary through the countryside? Around Castel San Pietro, the natural environment is lush. The Lungo Sillaro Park is just a short walk from the town, with its river running between centuries-old trees. There are also numerous cycling trails. A round of golf The Golf Club Le Fonti offers an ideal outdoor experience for those who enjoy the gentle undulations of the hills but also the excitement of a competition. Golf is the perfect sport for combining both passions. The brand new 18-hole golf course makes it possible to enjoy a slightly different afternoon on the green. Festivals and fairs Castel San Pietro is part of the Cittaslow (Slow Cities), which in spring celebrate the local produce and excellent food and wine that Italy has to offer. But it also hosts festivals and village fairs that will whet your appetite, such as the Sagra della Braciola held during the Settembre Castellano, when the Carrera, a car race for push cars, is also held. Finally, every last Sunday of the month, with the exception of the Christmas period and a summer break, an antiques market is staged in the streets of the centre. A stroll around Dozza A 15-minute drive from Castel San Pietro Terme is the mediaeval town of Dozza, which is well worth a visit. Included among the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy, and with a historic centre full of history to be discovered step by step, you will feel as though you are walking through an open-air museum, starting with the Rocca Sforzesca. Its alleyways are also adorned with many murals.
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Cervia, Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the port canal with the ancient salt warehouse and an historic fishing boat of the Adriatic sea


Cervia: the salt town immersed in the greenery of Emilia-Romagna Cervia, the southernmost station of the Po Delta Park, is a great naturalistic oasis that attracts sea lovers but also birdwatchers fascinated by the enormous variety of birdlife. Surrounded by more than 300 hectares of pine forest and the 827 hectares of the Salina di Cervia Nature Reserve, it also boasts 9 kilometres of fine sandy beaches and more than 185 bathing establishments where you will find everything you need for your holiday. In Cervia, the sea waters will never let you down. This is confirmed by the important Blue Flag award that the city has boasted since 1998, certifying not only the safety of the beaches, but also the quality of the water and services offered. And what about the location? Just 12 kilometres away is the amusement park of Mirabilandia and 22 kilometres away is the city of Ravenna. Summer in Cervia, and not just that. Nature welcomes you all year round The ideal time to visit Cervia is during the summer, when the town is at its best with many activities suitable for every type of holiday. Families can relax on the beach and in the pine forest or discover the evocative Cervia salt mine, while young people can have a good time in trendy clubs and organised events. Let’s take a look at some examples. The rich calendar of concerts in Piazza Garibaldi and the markets at Borgomarina. But worry not, even during the rest of the year Cervia never ceases to express all the charm and there is no shortage of opportunities for nature, sports and gastronomy lovers. You can discover the town in a quieter atmosphere, go shopping in the streets of the centre and dive in the art and culture of Cervia with fewer tourists, typical of summer. From the remains of the old town to the new Cervia The heart of the city is Piazza Garibaldi, the scene of Cervia's most renowned events. Here, you can find the Palazzo Comunale and pop into the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta to discover the historical artefacts and works of art it houses, such as Barbara Longhi's painting of the 'Madonna della Neve'. Just off the square, we highly recommend a visit to the Church of the Suffrage, one of the oldest in the city. While in the city, you can walk along the inner walls and reach the Piazzetta Pisacane, also known as the 'piazza delle erbe'. Here lies the Measures Stone, one of the most mysterious finds in Cervia Vecchia. It is a monolith where the old measures are indicated and to which the inhabitants of Cervia and visitors had to adhere. Outside the walls, however, you will immediately notice the Borgo dei Salinari with its old houses built in the late 1600s and early 1800s. The historic centre of Cervia is divided in two by the canal that connects the Salina di Cervia nature reserve to the port. Walking along, you will arrive at one of the city's symbols, Torre San Michele with the nearby MUSA, the Salt Museum that preserves the city's traditions and history. On the other side, you will find Magazzino Darsena, transformed into a place dedicated to wellness with events and spas. Two gems not to be missed just outside the town centre: the Church of St Anthony, one of the first buildings erected in Cervia Nuova, and the Suspended Carpet Fountain with a mosaic of tesserae hand-carved by Ravenna mosaicist Marco Bravura for the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the new town. Nature and relaxation, from the Cervia saltpan to the thermal baths One of the pearls of Cervia, however, is the salt mine located at the town entrance. This evocative place will enchant you with its history, which is inextricably linked to the city, and with the naturalistic charm of its basins and the fauna that inhabit them. Ready to admire herons, black-winged stilts and pink flamingos? Beware, however: the Cervia Salt Pan is a nature reserve and for this reason you cannot access it on your own, but only accompanied by an environmental tour guide who will help you discover this place on foot, by electric boat or by small train, in a sustainable way to safeguard the environment. For a relaxing day, after a nice walk in the thousand-year-old pine forest north of the town, choose the Cervia Thermal Baths with state-of-the-art therapies thanks to the lagoon mud extracted from the Salina, which is very valuable for health, and the large Acqua Madre pool. What’s there to taste? If you are wondering how to satisfy your palate, the answer is simple: try the piadina with squacquerone cheese and rocket, the Cozza di Cervia and the never-failing grilled blue fish. And don't forget to try the sweet salt chocolate of Cervia. It is indeed a nice surprise with a unique and delicious taste.
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Torrechiara: the village suspended among plains and hills in Emilia Romagna A varied landscape, where the countryside of the plain, the green valley of the Parma river and the hills planted with vineyards meet in harmony. Here we find Torrechiara, a charming medieval village in Emilia Romagna in the Langhirano area and the eastern Parma Apennines. Home to a tiny surrounding village and below it the lower part of the settlement, it is towered over by a castle that tells a great love story. It is a small, secluded place that promises fantastic experiences. Torrechiara Castle, straddling the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Our first stop is the eye-catching Torrechiara Castle, at the top of the hill. It was commissioned as a strategic position between 1448 and 1460 by military leader Pier Maria Rossi, Count of Berceto. The manor elegantly combines medieval and renaissance elements–a military structure with three circles of walls and four corner towers. It was chosen as a location for Richard Donner's film Ladyhawke. Torrechiara Castle, now a National Italian Monument, is divided into two levels where you will find rooms decorated with stunning frescoes, reception rooms, the kitchens and the stables. With a bit of luck you can enjoy shows and events in summer in the main courtyard. Don’t miss the Hall of the Coat of Arms, the Hall of Acrobats or the Golden Room, with its frescoes recognised as among the greatest expressions of the international Gothic painting style in Italy. A peaceful stroll through the village of Torrechiara A visit to Torrechiara Castle is not complete without a peaceful stroll through the medieval village once attached to the manor house and then the lower village. You can walk among the narrow streets, admiring the Church and the Abbey of Santa Maria della Neve. You will find yourself at the crossroads of history and nature. Your walk will even delight your taste buds when followed by a stop at the Bottega Gourmet. Here, in the heart of the production area of the renowned Prosciutto di Parma PDO, you can taste this cured meat at the Bottega, paired with the equally famous Parmigiano Reggiano. Unmissable experiences in Torrechiara Torrechiara is a typical village sure to enchant all who visit. Inside Torrechiara Castle, romantic souls should stop by the extraordinary frescoes adorning the Golden Room. This masterpiece, attributed to Benedetto Bembo, depicts Bianca Pellegrini, lover of Pier Maria Rossi “the Magnificent”, who built the manor house, travelling through the lands of the feud: a double declaration of love, to the lady and to the territory. In various scenes, Bianca moves gracefully between the Apennine crags, while the sun envelops her in a golden light. Finally, the intertwined hearts of the two lovers adorn two red tiles. You can enjoy the best views of the magnificent surrounding landscape by walking along the Camminamento di Ronda (Ronda Walkway), which offers incredible glimpses of the valley. For anyone who loves walks and bike rides, the Sentiero d'Arte (Art Trail), connecting Torrechiara to Langhirano, is a must. On the route along the river, you will find contemporary art installations, in dialogue with a poetic nature and the vineyards of Torcularia, the ancient name for Torrechiara. Even horse-riding enthusiasts are catered for, as you can take a scenic ride alongside the Parma river. Foodies will want to visit the wine cellars and ham factories, to learn the secrets behind the production of the area's most iconic products: Prosciutto di Parma DOC and Colli di Parma DOC wines. There are numerous opportunities in the village to enjoy tastings. And after these wonderful activities, if you’re looking for a good night’s sleep in the village, the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria della Neve will not disappoint. Here, you can enjoy a peaceful stay in the beautiful rooms that date back to 1471, in close contact with the monks who still reside there. The complex also houses an apiary, and cosmetics and herbal products are on sale.
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Classe: the imposing Basilica of Sant'Apollinare within the green lung of Ravenna Classe is a district of Ravenna that took shape from the 6th century around one of the most important monuments in Emilia-Romagna, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare. Located just five kilometres south of the Romagna capital, this small town is not only home to the imposing UNESCO World Heritage monument, but is also the gateway to one of Ravenna's oldest and most important green lungs, the Classe Pinewoods, which forms part of the Po Delta Park. While the present settlement is linked to the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare, the history of Classe originates much earlier. It was in 27 B.C. when the Emperor Augustus chose this very area for the construction of a military port capable of accommodating a fleet of 250 warships tasked with guarding the eastern part of the Mediterranean. Today, what remains of the ancient port of Civitas Classis, the name of the first settlement, embellishes the area leading from Ravenna to Classe and can be visited independently by following the illustrated route starting from the junction between Via Romea Sud and Via Marabina or by taking advantage of the guided tours available upon reservation. Three wonders with just one ticket: the Classe Archaeological Park The Antico Porto, also accessible by bicycle or scooter from Ravenna city centre, is part of the larger Classe Archaeological Park, which includes a compulsory visit to Sant'Apollinare Basilica and the Classis Ravenna, the Museum of the City and Territory. You can visit all three sites in one day, taking advantage of the €11 combination ticket, with reductions available down to €5. Once you visited the port, you can go to the other two sites, located 400 metres apart. The Basilica is the one that will take you the longest, so pay attention to the times: closing time is 7.30pm., but the last entry is possible until 7pm. Start at the main entrance and allow yourself to be enchanted by the majestic mosaics created from the 6th century onwards, from those adorning the apsidal basin and triumphal arch to those embellishing the sides of the apse. Once when you are sure to have truly appreciated this masterpiece you can move to Classis for a plunge into the history of Ravenna and its territory, following the great Time Line that will mark your visit. You will find interesting insights into the Classe fleet and navigation, objects from everyday life over the centuries, and statues and mosaics that will leave you speechless. A tour of the pine forest among oases and old trees A visit to Classe cannot end without a few hours in the centuries-old pine forest: 900 hectares of unspoilt nature to be discovered on foot or by bicycle following itineraries leading to the most precious areas such as the Ortazzo and Ortazzino oases, the mouth of the Bevano river or the green area where the 18th-century Casa delle Aie stands. And don't forget that Ravenna's southern beaches and Mirabilandia area are just a stone's throw away, well connected by bicycle paths or bus services.
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Comacchio vale - Ferrara province - Emilia Romagna region - cycling in Italy blue sky over canal .


Comacchio: a “little Venice” in the natural paradise of the Po Delta Comacchio is a town of elegance and authenticity, characteristics that captivate visitors from the very first moment. We are three kilometres from the sea, in the Po Delta Park, and, in addition to the town’s history and unique architectural form, it is the 25 kilometres of the Ferrara coastline, the most beautiful on the Adriatic, that make the Comacchio Lidos an ideal destination for a holiday with family or friends as well as for a relaxing weekend. Introducing the Comacchio Lidos: endless beaches, water sports and vibrant nightlife 25 kilometres and 7 lidos: Comacchio is sure to please everyone with its combination of relaxation and fun. From Lido di Volano to Lido degli Estensi, you will find beaches with wide, sandy shores and shallow waters, which are also suitable for children, and many opportunities to practice sports such as windsurfing, beach tennis and beach volleyball. The well-equipped establishments offer services and entertainment from morning to late evening, or for more of this sort of thing, just stroll along the Ferrara coast and you will find plenty of places for aperitifs, after-dinner chats and indoor or outdoor discos. Cycling or boating on the Po Delta The sea is great, but if you love cycling, the Po Delta Park will be right up your street thanks to its numerous routes in a natural environment, both on mixed traffic roads and on cycle paths or dirt tracks. Here, you can enjoy the beauty of the Valli di Comacchio, historically formed after the main branch of the Po River disappeared and the sea level temporarily rose. The route is accessible even to those who aren’t super-fit, but beware that it is completely exposed to the sun: take this into account when choosing what time of day to tackle it. Another way to explore the Valli di Comacchio and the Po Delta is by boat: this way you can explore the area and enjoy peace and quiet. Don’t miss a trip to the famous Casoni di Valle, a sprawling museum of the history and reality of the Comacchio territory up to the Boscoforte peninsula: this timeless, unspoiled landscape, wild even to this day, is a true treasure chest of biodiversity and can be visited by appointment. Comacchio, biodiversity and birdwatching The Po Delta Park is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and the largest in Italy. It hosts a wealth of biodiversity, making it a paradise for naturalists, biologists, tourist scientists and birdwatchers. Comacchio has in fact been known as the City of Birdwatching ever since the municipality, at the invitation of Lipu, undertook to make this city by the Po Delta a conservation capital for wild birds in Italy, attracting amateurs from all over the world. The International Birdwatching and Nature Tourism Fair is held in the city every two years, but you can treat yourself at any time of year to a few hours in search of the over 300 species of birds that live in this natural paradise. The best times for birdwatching are spring and autumn, in the early hours of the day and at dusk. Comacchio amid art, beauty and great food Also called “little Venice”, Comacchio enjoys a vitality rivalled by few other small Italian towns. A glorious history and the charm of its surroundings are the icing on the cake. Three elements characterise it: bridges, canals and breathtaking sunsets. A visit to the town of Comacchio should always unfold at a leisurely pace. Start your exploration at the Ponte degli Sbirri from where you can enjoy a particularly impressive view with the Antico Ospedale degli Infermi on one side and the elegant 19th-century Palazzo Bellini and the architectural complex of the Trepponti, symbol of Comacchio, on the other. Within few kilometres by foot, passing through the Capuchin Portico and visiting the Sanctuary of Santa Maria in Aula Regia on the way, you will arrive at the Manifattura dei Marinati, an important piece of Comacchio's history that is back in operation after careful renovation. Here we suggest a visit to the “Hall of Fires” with its 12 fireplaces that were used for cooking eels on the spit before they were marinated. Testimony to the important role that seafaring activities have always played in the Comacchio area, the Antica Pescheria (Old Fish Market), is an elegant 17th-century building that still hosts the daily fish market. A stroll through the market will be enough to make you realise the importance of fish, and eel in particular, in the town's traditions: on Comacchio's laden tables you will find eel cooked in many different ways, appetisers with clams, scallops and mantis shrimp, but also grilled eel accompanied by polenta, stuffed cuttlefish, mullet, gilthead bream, sole and turbot. And don’t forget to accompany all these delicious dishes with Bosco Eliceo wines, from Fortana to Bianco del Bosco. After lunch, while you wait for the sunset, treat yourself to some soul-soothing beauty by indulging in a bit of art. Archaeology lovers will appreciate the Museo Delta Antico, located in the old Ospedale degli Infermi, a precious testimony to the neoclassical style of the 18th century. The museum contains more than 2,000 archaeological artefacts from protohistoric times to the Middle Ages. At Lido di Spina, on the other hand, you cannot miss the “Remo Brindisi” Museum of Contemporary Art, where you can admire works by Modigliani, Picasso, Fontana, Dalì, De Chirico, De Pisis, Morandi, Chagall, Boccioni and Guttuso. Once you have explored Comacchio, spent a few days at the Lido and cycled in the valleys on the Po Delta, remember to make a day trip to Ferrara, the provincial capital and UNESCO-listed city of art, and make sure you also put nearby Ravenna on your to-do list to admire its splendid mosaics. Not to be missed.
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Rimini Terme

Riminiterme, health and wellness in a state-of-the-art centre on the beach The healing power of seawater has always been known, and when this meets the properties of thermal treatments, the possibilities for wellbeing are endless. What if we told you that all this is located on the most famous and popular beach on the Adriatic Riviera? Rimini boasts the only complex in Emilia Romagna that uses thalassotherapy and thermal water for cures and treatments: this is the Riminiterme Wellness Centre, located directly on the beach just a few metres from the sea. The Rimini thermal baths started out in the 1970s as the Thalassotherapy Institute, but in 2000 they were completely restructured and renamed Riminiterme. This wellness paradise offers everything you would expect from a spa and much more. The meeting of thermal cures with thalassotherapy Thermal cures in Rimini are state-of-the-art for both adults and children and range from inhalation cures for respiratory pathologies to balneotherapy and vascular cures for arthro-rheumatic pathologies and vascular problems. The facility allows visitors to follow a vascular path in the thermal swimming pool equipped with a whirlpool and different water temperatures, ranging from 29° to 34°. The vascular gymnastics performed on these paths help reactivate the circulation in the lower limbs and is recommended for those suffering from venous insufficiency, varicose veins and water retention. Also at the forefront is fangobalneotherapy in Riminiterme. Thermal mud, applied to the body surface of patients at a temperature of around 52 degrees, is an excellent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and relieving agent and is particularly useful in arthrosis and fibromyalgia of the musculoskeletal system. Along with the classic thermal mud, however, the centre boasts the use of a slimming mud for aesthetic and relaxing purposes, perhaps to be combined with a balneotherapy session for a more effective result. Riminiterme is also an outpatient clinic and physiotherapy centre Riminiterme also has an important Physiotherapy Centre specialising in physical rehabilitation and postural gymnastics for lumbosciatica, cervicalgia, neurological problems, and alterations of the osteomuscular system. The centre's professionals aim to re-establish the harmony of the whole person by using both manual techniques and instrumental treatments such as magnetotherapy, tecar therapy, laser therapy or electrostimulation. And those seeking medical advice can count on an outpatient clinic specialising in cardiology, physiotherapy, ENT, ultrasound, acupuncture, nutritional advice and even aesthetic and wellness medicine. Wellness at your fingertips at Riminiterme Not only spa treatments and physiotherapy. Riminiterme Wellness Centre is also a Beauty Spa with sea views open all year round. You can choose to indulge in just a few hours of whirlpool baths, bath rounds, bio-marine pools and massage of all kinds, or follow a complete wellness path lasting one or more days for a pampering that will seem to go on forever. Among the jewels of the Riminiterme Beauty Spa are the numerous facial treatments and the splendid salt room, with walls and floor completely tiled in white sea salt. Here, you can experience the most intense action of the sea's energy with draining, purifying, toning and antibacterial effects. In short, one goes to Rimini to feel good, in all the possible meanings that this expression can have.
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Sant'Andrea Bagni

The Sant’Andrea Bagni spa and a dive into the surrounding nature On the hills that rise up between Medesano and Varano Marchesi, just south of Parma, lies Sant’Andrea Bagni, a hilltop spa resort nestled among oak and chestnut groves. It is a truly unmissable holiday destination for travellers who want to immerse themselves in nature and the treasured thermal waters. The Sant’Andrea Spa, all-round wellness What makes the Sant’Andrea Spa so special is that in just one hydrothermal basin, it contains all the mineral waters needed for balneotherapy, inhalation cures for the respiratory system and internal hydrotherapy. A total of eight natural waters flow from the depths of the rock and reach the surface of the spa along a kilometre-long underground journey. It was perhaps the Romans, great exponents of thermal cures, who first discovered the qualities of the waters of the Rio Fabbro river. Ever since then, people have never stopped enjoying its fantastic health benefits, although the modern spa centre dates back to the late 1800s when an Art Nouveau-style building was built to accommodate visitors. Today, the spa offers a thermal pool, two vascular paths with whirlpools, specialist examinations, rehabilitation therapies and internal hydrotherapy, dermatological and arthritic and rheumatic treatments. Or you can simply bathe in the thermal waters to enjoy a moment of deep relaxation. The Taro River Park Just next door to Sant’Andrea Bagni you can find the 2,000-hectare Taro River Park, which protects an area favoured by birds for nesting and stopping during migration. You can enjoy a spot of birdwatching or travel along one of the many pleasant, easy-going nature routes on foot or by bicycle just a few kilometres from Parma. A visit to Fornovo Taro The small medieval village of Fornovo Taro lies between the Po Valley and Lunigiana. During the Middle Ages, pilgrims on their journey to Monte Bardone along Via Francigena would stop here. We recommend visiting the town centre to explore Villa Carona and the Romanesque parish church, one of the most renowned churches in Parma, with its narrative friezes and sculptures and a façade that depicts the seven deadly sins. The castle of Varano de’ Melegari Near Fornovo Taro is the ancient village of Varano de’ Melegari, dominated by a castle built on a cliff from which the entire Ceno valley could be ruled. We also highly recommend visiting the church of San Martino, the castle of Rocca Canzone and the village of Piazzano. Only a stone’s throw away is the 9th-century Baptistery of Serravalle, which is one of the oldest Romanesque buildings in the area.
Relax & Wellness

Salsomaggiore Terme

A visit to the Salsomaggiore thermal baths will offer you a regenerating experience, enhancing your sense of wellness in a natural setting At the foot of the Parma Apennine hills in the heart of the Po Valley the Terme di Salsomaggiore present an ideal solution if you feel you need to recover after an intense and stressful period. In this artistic and culturally rich setting one’s spirit and energy will be regenerated in an atmosphere that stimulates a sense of well-being. Between the provinces of Parma and Piacenza, this thermal spa facility, located in a building featuring the refined Art-Déco architectural style, has acquired a prestigious reputation as one of “the most beautiful spas in Europe”. Salsomaggiore and the great value of thermal mineral waters As one of the most important spa centres in Italy Salsomaggiore owes its good fortune to the particular geographical position of the town in which it is situated and the presence of salsobromoiodic waters. Renowned for their many therapeutic properties and for the extraordinary concentration of mineral salts, these waters are used in particular to treat respiratory, rheumatic and gynaecological disorders. The place-name (originally Salso Maiore; cf. Latin salsus) in fact derives from the kitchen salt that was extracted - already in the Celtic and Roman periods - from the groundwater aquifers of salsobromoiodic water. In ancient times the concentration of salt in this water, five times higher than that of the Mediterranean sea water, made it ideal for the preservation of food. A ville d'eau well-known and highly appreciated throughout Europe The recent history of the thermal baths of Salsomaggiore dates back to the year 1839, when Lorenzo Berzieri, a physician who had become a general practitioner in the town, discovered the medicinal efficacy of its waters. Once he had been granted a concession for their use by Marie Louise I of Austria, the reigning Archduchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, he initiated the activity of the spa, which lived its greatest moment of splendour at the height of the Belle Époque, when the locality became a popular ville d'eau appreciated throughout Europe. Thermal waters offering health-care and beauty-care remedies The monumental structure dedicated to Lorenzo Berzieri, which presents a rather glorious expression of the Art-Déco style, was designed by Ugo Giusti and decorated with sculptures and paintings produced by Galileo Chini. The facility includes a wellness centre, offering bathing routes and Kneipp therapy services, body-scrub treatment, chromatic and aromatic thermal baths and oriental, Ayurvedic and hot-stone massages and the balneotherapy and hydrotherapy centre for water rehabilitation exercises, offering balneotherapy, mud-bath cures, inhalation and gingival aerosols. The more modern Terme Zoja spa resort, nestled in the nearby verdant Mazzini park, has internal sections dedicated to the treatment and prevention of arthro-rheumatic, respiratory, gynaecological and blood-circulation disorders and a hydrotherapy and aesthetic medical treatment unit offering services aimed at enhancing fitness levels and water-based rehabilitation, with vascular hydro-courses and forms of treatment aimed at enhancing facial and corporeal beauty. Traces of Art Nouveau or the Liberty-style movement Once you have completed your series of treatment sessions, the Berzieri Wellness Centre, an iconic structure providing a singular testimony of the flourishing Art-Déco period, may also be considered as the point of departure, where you may begin an interesting tour of the town and discover local architectural structures that reflect the Art-Nouveau style. A magnificent array of designs presenting curved, sinuous and elegant linear elements inspired by and reflecting the conformation of plants and floral species may be found, for example, on the decorative wrought-iron and glass structure covering the Pozzo Scotti artesian well in front of the Terme Bezieri or at the Warowland Gallery, with its various elements reminiscent of the neo-mediaeval style, and at the Palazzo dei Congressi (Conference Centre), the former Grand Hotel des Thermes. Elements of the Liberty-Deco style are visible also on the façade of the former Kursaal Casino and at the railway station, with its decorative arched windows and a wide barrel-vaulted ceiling in the main hall. Appealing aromas of the natural world Before you leave Salsomaggiore you should spend a few hours in the relaxing natural setting of the Gavinell Botanical Garden, located only two kilometres outside the town. You will be able to admire a collection of over 450 species of aromatic and medicinal plants in an area of 12 hectares. You might conclude your visit exploring the items displayed in the “sala erboristica” (herbalist section) and in the “olfattoteca” (a section dedicated to aromatic herbal products), where you will discover many fragrances, essences, oils and cosmetic and food products made with the precious Gavinell herbs and ingredients. Roaming around the salt castles You might also consider an open-air excursion through the hills surrounding Salsomaggiore, dotted with castles dating back to medieval periods. The fortresses were built by the powerful marquises of Pallavicino. Situated at various strategic points, the old fortified structures had the aim of safeguarding the precious salt-work districts. There are many interesting sites in this area but it is certainly worth visiting the fortresses of Scipione, Tabiano and Contignaco. These were once referred to as the “castelli del sale” (the salt castles). To reach these venues - by bicycle or on foot - you can follow one of the itineraries commonly referred to as the “vie del sale (the salt routes) immersed in the truly verdant Emilian hills. A sweet souvenir for your return journey It would also be a good idea to procure an interesting souvenir before you leave and this might be a speciality of the local cuisine or a particular wine from the area. The local folk would probably suggest you purchase a few crisp and chewy “brutti ma buoni” biscuits, made with egg whites and crushed hazelnuts. These so-called “unattractive but good” cookies would also be a delightful accompaniment for the vast range of liqueurs produced in the area, such as Camomillina, Nocino, Bargnolino (also called Prunella) and Limoncino, brewed according to centuries-old recipes and using strictly natural ingredients.

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