Places in Emilia-Romagna & San Marino
A heavyweight Renaissance art city peppered with colossal palaces and still ringed by its intact medieval walls, Ferrara jumps out at you like an absconded Casanova (he once stayed here) on the route between Bologna and Venice. But, like any city situated in close proximity to La Serenissima, it is serially overlooked.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
The real ragù: 10 things you didn't know about authentic spaghetti bolognese
Slurping an authentic spaghetti bolognese in the city of its origin, Bologna, is on every gourmet traveller’s bucket list. But there are many misunderstandings about this world-famous Italian dish. 1...
Alternative Italy, pt 3: Like Florence? Try Bologna.
In this five-part series taken from Lonely Planet Magazine (Aug 2010 issue) we show you just where to step off the tourist trail and start exploring the real Italy - from the hills harbouring the country's finest wine...
40 free things to do in Rome
Travelling to Rome on a budget? Never fear – sightseeing in Italy's magnificent capital city doesn't have to cost the earth...
Ten ways to spend summer in Italy
It’s the season to enjoy la dolce vita, whether driving the Amalfi Coast, watching the sunrise in Venice or tracking down the best gelato in Sicily...