Bologna Road Trip: das Reiseziel für einen reiselustigen Feinschmecker

Schwierigkeitsgrad

350 km

Distanz

7+

vorgeschlagene Tage

Essen, Kultur

Reisetyp

Ein Foto von der Eiskaffee-süchtigen Schriftstellerin
Jenn Zajac

Eiskaffee-süchtiger, Wortspiel-liebender, Oxford-Komma-umarmender Schriftsteller. Derzeit im schönen Bali ansässig, nach zu vielen Wintern in Boston und London. Spezialisiert auf die Erstellung von Inhalten für Hotels und Reisen.

Bologna Road Trip Itinerary

If your idea of heaven includes slipping into a blissful, pasta-induced food coma, we’ve got the ideal Bologna road trip for you. 

Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region is renowned for its fresh ingredients and restaurants that would make your nonna say, “How about another helping?” While there’s a high concentration of Michelin-starred chefs in the region, it’s the charming, hole-in-the-wall, family-owned establishments that get our motors running. Literally. 

The Via Emilia, once an ancient Roman road, is now a proper motorway connecting some of Italy’s most delicious destinations.

Spend a few days in Bologna to start. The city is a hidden gem, bursting with friendly locals, street musicians, interesting architecture, and of course, its namesake ragù

Hop on the Via Emilia and head northwest past Modena, ignoring (for now) the intoxicating scent of balsamic vinegar wafting through your windows. It’s cheese and ham that beckons you toward Parma, and it does not disappoint. 

You will visit plenty of food stalls on this Bologna road trip
Pick-up in
Bologna depot
1

Explore Bologna’s many piazzas, pasta, and porticos

Your gourmet Bologna road trip begins in the surprising and lively capital of Emilia-Romagna. It’s here that the region’s remarkable history, food, and culture come together to form a completely underrated destination.

The city has a youthful energy, thanks in part to its large student population, with its large public piazzas teeming with life throughout the day and long into the night.

Try ragù alla bolognese on this Bologna road trip

Medieval and Renaissance architecture is everywhere you look in Bologna. The centre of town is Piazza Maggiore, a bustling square lined with charming cafes and historic buildings like the Basilica di San Petronio. 

Authentic ragù alla bolognese is a must and thankfully, you’ll find it on pretty much every restaurant menu here! Temperatures can run high in the summer months, so seek shade beneath the city’s many classic, arched porticos or indulge in an Italian treat of fresh gelato.

Visiting

Bologna

3

vorgeschlagene Tage

Main route

10 km

from Bologna depot

20 min

drive

Besuche

Piazza Maggiore

Main square with multiple cafes & street musicians

Quadrilatero

Medieval market district with local artisan goods

Two Towers

12th-century twin tower landmarks with city views

Essen im

Osteria dell'Orsa

Casual, traditional Italian fare

Tamburini

€€

Meat, cheese, & wine with helpful staff

Cremeria Cavour

€€

Epic selection of gelato and cakes

Parken

Piazza Franklin Delano Roosevelt

€€

Parking lot next to cathedral, 64 spaces

Übernachte im

Centro Turistico Città di Bologna

€€

Well-equipped, 20 min from centre

2

Eat your weight in Parmesan cheese and Parma ham

The city of Parma dates back to the Bronze Age, though its city centre is mostly composed of more recent Romanesque buildings like the beautifully frescoed Cathedral.

There are many elegant museums, art galleries, and even palaces to wander here, but honestly? That’s not what you came for. Admire the architectural sights if you must, but only en route to the next delicious trattoria or salumeria.

Cured meats are a must in Parma on this Bologna road trip

Foodies have been flocking to Parma for years, largely to sample its namesake ham and cheese. It’s true: the Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano make Parma a worthy inclusion on any gourmet Bologna road trip. 

Leave your campervan at Area Sosta Camper’s Parma outpost and enjoy an easy, 12-minute bus ride into the city centre. Just be sure to arrive hungry!

Visiting

Parma

2

vorgeschlagene Tage

Main route

100 km

from Bologna

1h20m

drive

Besuche

Cattedrale di Parma

Romanesque cathedral with beautiful frescoes

Palazzo della Pilotta

16th-century complex with museums & art galleries

Essen im

Pepèn

Beloved, hole-in-the-wall panini shop

Ristorante Cocchi

€€€

Simple, traditional trattoria

Pasticceria Cocconi

€€€

Try the cannoncini at this pastry shop

Parken

Via Palermo

€€

Central parking lot, 98 spaces, max 2 hrs

Via Pescara

Free

Parking at 20 min walk from centre, 25 spaces

Übernachte im

Area Sosta Camper - Parma

€€

12 min from centre by bus, amenities

3

Discover modern art and cured meats in Piacenza

Modern art and cured meats may seem like a strange pairing, but as your campervan pulls into pretty Piacenza, Italy, things will start to make sense. Nestled beside the Po River where Emilia-Romagna meets Lombardy, Piacenza is an attractive city with a unique mix of period architecture.

One more recent addition is the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery, founded in the 1930s as a labour of love by local jurist and art collector Giuseppe Ricci Oddi.

Piacenza is a hidden gem on your Bologna road trip about food

If you’ve had your fill of the Renaissance greats elsewhere, swing by to get a taste of modern art from the last two centuries.

The real star of the show here in Piacenza is cured meat. Locals devour the coppa piacentina (dry-aged pork shoulder or neck) by the pound, but there’s a wide range of salumi to sample here.

No proper Bologna road trip itinerary should skip Piacenza’s boards of delicious cured meats, paired with cheese and mostarda for good measure.

Visiting

Piacenza

2

vorgeschlagene Tage

Main route

70 km

from Parma

1hr

drive

Besuche

Piazza dei Cavalli

Home of iconic equestrian statues & Gothic palace

Galleria d'arte moderna Ricci Oddi

Rare gallery of modern Italian art

Essen im

Macelleria Callegari

Local butcher shop serving cured meats

Taverna Rabarbaro

€€

Cosy, traditional Italian tavern

Osteria Santo Stefano

€€

Try a local favourite, tortelli piacenti

Parken

Parcheggio Questura

Parking lot on western edge of town

Übernachte im

Area Sosta Camper - Piacenza

€€

8 min from centre by bus, amenities

4

Fast cars and slow dining in Modena

About 45 minutes west of Bologna, the final stop on this Italian itinerary is Modena. The birthplace of both Luciano Pavarotti and Enzo Ferrari, Modena is on many a foodie’s radar thanks to tortelloni and its year-round production of balsamic vinegar. 

That and Osteria Francescana, twice voted the best restaurant in the world. (No big deal.) Tables at Chef Massimo Bottura’s famed resto are hard to come by, but its little sister Franceschetta 58 is more accessible and easier on the wallet.

After a few days of wandering Gothic churches and Romanesque piazzas, you’ll find the Enzo Ferrari Museum a surprising change of scenery. Housed in a jaw-dropping, futuristic glass building, the museum is full of interesting automotive history and tons of classic cars to ogle.

Before you hit the road back towards the depot, pop into La Consorteria 1966 to pick up some traditional balsamic vinegar to take home from this Bologna road trip. Your future dinner guests will thank you!

Visiting

Modena

2-3

vorgeschlagene Tage

Main route

125 km

from Parma

1h25m

drive

Besuche

Museo Enzo Ferrari

Fascinating car museum in a futuristic new building

Torre della Ghirlandina

Iconic, landmark bell tower with sweeping views

Essen im

Franceschetta 58

€€€

Little sis of pricey Osteria Francescana

Archer

€€

Cosy wine bar with warm atmosphere

Bar Schiavoni

Cheap and cheerful sandwich shop

Parken

Parcheggio del Centro

€€

Perfectly positioned near city centre

Übernachte im

Caravan Camping Club

€€

Established site with great facilities

Drop-off in
Bologna depot

45km

from Modena

45 min

drive