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  1. Would you share what the weather was like when you went at Thanksgiving? I’m considering Thanksgiving with my family this year.

    1. It was really nice and pretty mild. A bit cooler than Florence due to its location. Temperatures were in the high 40s-low 60s and it was mostly sunny during the day. Dressing in layers is most helpful since it can be cooler under the porticos, but we didn’t need our heavy coats/winter clothes at all. Sometimes the evenings are bit foggy, but it adds to the beauty of the area! We really enjoyed it!

  2. We will be in Bologna in September and want to visit where the products are made (balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano and prosciutto). Is it best to have a car or can we manage with the trains and taxis to the facilities? Thank you for all the inspiration.

    1. Hi Diane! I would recommend having a car, as it will give you the most flexibility between the facilities. Sometimes taxis can be few and far between in the smaller towns! You could take trains between them and pick up a car for the day, if you didn’t want to deal with parking/driving in the small city centers! The hotel we stayed at in Bologna has an agreement with a parking lot nearby, and the hotel in Parma has a small parking area, too. You would just need to reserve parking in advance. A car will give you the most flexibility to visit all these tasty producers! You might also consider booking a food tour that could handle the scheduling and driving for you!

  3. Hi Sara

    I love the way you write – it makes me want to be in Italy right now! I’m currently planning an Italy trip, and we will have 3 days in Emilia-Romagna. I’m trying to work out whether to stay in one place for three nights (we will have a car so can explore), or to try different places. If we stay in just one place, would you choose Parma, Bologna or Modena? It really is a region with not enough information, isn’t it!


    1. Hi Karen, Thank you so much!! You are so kind. I am truly split between recommending Parma and Bologna! Here’s what I would say – if you’re going to spend a lot of time in cities, head to Parma to experience a slower pace. (Some of my fondest memories are sitting outside for apertivo in the early summer in Parma!) If you are someone who likes the atmosphere of busy or likes to keep busy and see a lot of things, head to Bologna. Both are wonderful places to spend time, but they are different atmospheres for sure.

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