Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy is known for its fine cuisine, and not for mild winters. But you can still have a fine winter holiday there. You may want to start in the Savigno Sagra del Tartufo (Savigno Truffle Festival) held on the first three Sundays in November or a similar festival held the first weekend of November in Sasso Marconi. The regional capital of Bologna hosts a Jazz Festival for about a week in early November. The third weekend of every month the city of Ravenna offers an antique market. The following weekend is Modena’s turn. Why not go to both and compare the offerings?
There are scads of Christmas markets in Emilia-Romagna during the month of December.
Check the dates carefully. Given the region’s reputation, don’t be surprised that many of this Christmas markets focus on gastronomy as well as handicrafts. As an added attraction, many of these Christmas markets are held in mountain huts.
Bologna’s basilica consists of several interconnected churches. The oldest existing building is the Santi Vitale e Agricola which contains a Fourteenth Century Nativity Scene. The seaside city of Cesenatico hosts a very unusual floating nativity scene in the harbor designed by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci. Make sure to see it at night.