Cathedral, Torre Civica ("Ghirlandina ') and the Piazza Grande in the city, have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, the first is a Romanesque church which was built in 11th and 12th centuries, the Civic Tower or "Ghirlandina" is the true symbol of the city, which is now covered with a tarp during restoration. Another place of great artistic interest is the Palace Museum (Palazzo dei Musei): It was built by the East in 1753. Aimed at Arsenal then became Hospicio de Pobres and from 1883 hosts major cultural institutions, including the Estense Gallery, with works by El Greco, Velazquez and many other great masters. It also houses the Biblioteca Estense, where you can find the Bible of Borso d'Este. With countless beautiful streets, plus an impressive Ducal Palace it is a good place to see in when you go to Bologna. There are continuous trains that run between both cities.
When talking about Parma, it's natural to talk about it's cuisine as well, like its wonderful "Parmigianino" cheese. Parma is in the region of Emilia Romagna with castles and cuisine, and where lyric opera is an essential part of the culture. It's the birthplace of big names like Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini, Giovannino Guareschi, the author of Don Camillo, poet Attilio Bertolucci, and Bernardo Bertolucci. It's world famous for the Teatro Regio, Parma football team, Parmalat, the Barilla, perfumes (Parma violets), Acqua di Parma and its gastronomy. Its streets are quiet, with the houses dressed in warm tones like yellow, earth, and mustard. It's a college town, with a lot of young people, the majority of which travel by bicycle. There is nothing like sitting on a terrace on a summer afternoon sampling the alleged cheeses and having a special lemonade to beat the heat.
This festival takes place every year in late August in Bologna. Begun in 1988, it has become the largest event of its kind in the world, uniting street musicians and artists. There are 800,000 spectators who come to enjoy the transformation of the city into an open air theatre where musicians, jugglers, and mimes perform. A fantastic spectacle.
Montefiore is a district in the province of Rimini, but it is located practically on the border of the region of Le Marche. It's a beautiful village, and from here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley, as you can see in the photos. In the centre is a fourteenth century castle, which is clearly visible from all corners of the city.
The Valleys of Ostellato are an area of outstanding natural importance. Picture a window overlooking the delta of the Po Valley, offering plenty of tourist activities. You can enjoy several trails, totally immersed in nature. There are observation areas for bird watching, and you can see blackbirds, starlings and nightingales, as well as the white stork, which has become more populous following a reintroduction project.
La Rotonda Foschini is an integral part of the Teatro Comunale of Ferrara, built in the second half of the 1700s. In one of the two underpasses, you will find the ticket office and the staircase leading to the foyer of the theatre. It has a charming elliptical frame, which offers an unusual perspective if you look up. It was built by the architect Antonio Foschini, who worked on the project together with Cosimo Morelli. Absolutely enchanting, particularly with the recent restoration.
On the first Sunday of every month, in the square next to the cathedral, Piazza Trento e Trieste, a small antiques market takes place. In spring, the square was filled with stall holders selling porcelain, paintings, books, records, dolls, etc, as well as furniture - benches, tables, dressers, chairs, cupboards and closets, often in the old country style but skillfully restored. Sometimes, looking closely, you might realise that they're not actually antiques - they've just been designed to look that way. But it's still interesting to wander the strolls looking for something unique.