Emilia Romagna Destinations: Bologna to Modena to Parma in a Day

There are so many iconic Emilia Romagna destinations to explore in Italy. A day trip from Bologna to Modena to Parma packs in a ton of what Emilia Romagna is famous for: amazing food! Eat your way through Modena and Parma and feed your eyes at the same time. Read on for highlights from two of Emilia Romagna’s most well-known towns.

Coffee and Brioche Under the Portico

We got an early start from Bologna so our first order of business upon arrival in Modena was a coffee and something sweet. We sat at a high table under a portico and munched on a sweet almond paste filled brioche plus some free butter cookies served with our macchiato.
Day trip to Modena - brioche and coffee

Pasta with a Drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar

There was definitely a food theme running throughout our trip to Emilia Romagna and this was especially true in Modena. We enjoyed a plate of filled pasta with a drizzle of Modena's namesake balsamic vinegar adding just a touch of sweetness to the dish.
Day trip to Modena - Pasta drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Regal Architecture

Both Modena and Parma featured medieval towers, regal government buildings and churches which added great atmosphere to our exploratory walks.
Day trip to Modena and Parma - architecture

Colorful Facades

Parma in particular also features bright facades that added a dash of color to our walks.
Day trip to Parma - colorful facades

Mercato al Binelli

Mercato al Binelli is a famous food hall in Modena. Be prepared for sensory overload as all sorts of treats and delicacies abound.
Day trip to Modena- Mercato al Binelli

Spot the Luxury

Italy is home to fast cars and Modena is home to the Ferrari Museum on the outskirts of town. We didn't have time to visit the museum but we kept our eyes open on the streets for high end cars. We managed to spot an Alfa Romeo.
Day trip to Modena - Alfa Romeo

Richly Decorated Duomo

Both Modena and Parma feature grand churches but Parma's cathedral is particularly over the top with colorful frescos adorning every surface and gold accents. Beautiful!
Day trip to Parma - Duomo interior

The Wee Turtles

We strolled through Parco Ducale in Parma and discovered (much to our delight) a pond filled with wee turtles.
Day trip to Parma - Turtles in Parco Ducale

Patient Pooches

Residents of Parma and Modena seem to have a penchant for shopping and for dogs. We spotted more than one patient pooch sitting quietly which waiting for its owner to finish browsing.

Day trip to Parma - Dog in a store

Fine Dining at La Forchetta

Emilia Romagna in general is a foodie destination but the pinnacle of food in the region can be found in Parma. We treated ourselves to dinner at La Forchetta where we dined on three courses and a bottle of wine including a lovely pasta dish mixed with ham and julienned asparagus. Amazing!
Day trip to Parma - 3 course meal at La Forchetta

We simply love basing ourselves in a city (in this case Bologna) and then exploring day trip destinations on a long weekend away.

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