Places in Emilia-Romagna
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...
Six reasons to visit Milan in 2015
For years travellers have dismissed Milan as too cold, too boring and too business-like, seeing it as the ugly sister of fair Florence, historic Rome and romantic Venice...
48 hours in Milan
News flash: Italy was not cryogenically frozen six centuries ago, and Milan is the pulse-quickening proof...