1. Stroll Around Portico di Romagna

Bridge at Ponte della Maestà, Portico di Romagna, Italy

Drive over the mountain to Portico di Romagna. Stroll around this charming town to see the distinctive 14th century stone bridge, Ponte della Maestà and the house of Beatrice Portinari (Dante’s beloved). Have midday Sunday dinner, Italian-style, at Al Vecchio Convento (book ahead). In autumn be sure to order truffles! Here you will also find an Italian Language school for those interested in a two-week stay.

2. Wine Tasting and Ceramics

Majolica, near Faenza, Italy

Wine tasting in Marzeno at the Wine Estate Fattoria Zerbina by prior arrangement. Pick up some wine for the week there. Drive to Brisighella and walk around around the old town, visit the tourist office and the Via degli Asini. Lunch at L’Osteria della Luna. Drive on toward Faenza stop at Villa Emaldi (arrange in advance) to see the workshop in of the Contessa Antonietta Emaldi and see or buy one of a kind, beautiful hand-painted maioliche (majolica) ceramics. Interested people may book a 2-hour class of hand-painting ceramics. Do it early in the week to receive the finished piece at the end of the week. On to see the old town of Faenza, stopping at the Museum of Ceramics. On your way back into Tredozio stop at the famous boot and shoe factory, Fratelli Fabbri, boot maker for Prince Phillip, Robert Redford, Penelope Cruz, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren & Fendi. Be measured, choose your style and pelt and order your custom boots or shoes to be picked up on Friday (or mailed to you). Dinner at Mulino S. Michele in Tredozio with reservations.

3. See Ravenna

Saint Apollinare Basilica, Ravenna, Italy

Enjoy the beautiful Byzantine mosaics of its churches and wander its lovely streets. Relax at a café on the Piazza del Popolo and take in the Tomba di Dante where the famous poet is buried. Five miles away is the beautiful basilica of Sant’ Apollinare in Classe. Spend the afternoon on the beach at Lido di Ravenna, or stop in the fishing village of Cervia for drinks on the harbor.

4. Take a cooking class

Cooking Class, Palazzo Fantini

Take a cooking class set in the beautiful Palazzo Fantini. Guests will learn how to prepare some typical dishes of the area, like the famous “Sfoglia” - home made pasta, Tortelli, or Bartolaccio. Guests will be also able to cook and taste the food they have personally prepared. Afternoon visit the private gardens and museum of the Palazzo Fantini. Dinner at Trattoria da Henry.

5. Experience Bologna

Fountain of Neptune, Bologna, Italy

Bologna is the city of arcades (I Portici of Bologna). Bologna is a great city to visit on a rainy or hot day, with over 37 kilometers of covered arcades. Start at the tourist office to pick up a city map. Visit art-filled churches and palazzi and learn the reasons for the city’s various nicknames. Explore “Bologna the Learned,” home of the oldest university in Europe. Climb the Torre degli Asinelli, one of Bologna’s two leaning towers, to see one reason the city is also called “Bologna the Red.” Stop for lunch to experience “Bologna the Rich or Fat.” After lunch, stroll the Strada Maggiore to visit upscale shops or museums, Jewish Ghetto, the open-air shops on via Drapperie and the designer clothing shops in Galleria Cavour. Have a caffe at Zanarini under famous arches of Il Pavaglione between Piazza Maggiore and Piazza Cavour.

6. Take a Hike

Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, near Tredozio, Italy

After breakfast, pack a lunch and hike in the National Park just south of Tredozio, the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi. Park at S. Benedetto in Alpe and follow the trail signs to Acquacheta waterfall (falls immortalized by Dante in the Inferno).

7. Take a Train to Florence

Visit Florence by rail from Marradi. There is a train around 9 in the morning from Marradi. If you prefer, drive over the mountain into Florence.

8. Drive to Urbino

Overview of Urbino, Italy

Urbino by car in 2 hours (155 km) to see this wonderful hilltown with its Piero della Francesca paintings.

9. Lunch in San Piero

Gelati on Sticks, San Piero, Italy

San Piero in Bagno is a small, nice town with a very famous restaurant – La Locanda del Gambero Rosso. From Tredozio 57 km over the Appenine Mountains. Make a reservation in advance and stop there for lunch. Return on the E 45 and stop in Sarsina, the city of Plautus (Latin writer). Have a gelato in one of the lovely squares of this little town.

10. Taste the Piadina in Bertinoro

Piadina Romagnola, Bertinoro, Italy

Go to Bertinoro the motherland of Sangiovese di Romagna. Go to Enoteca Museo Ca' de Be' to drink a glass of wine and taste the Piadina, the typical bread of Romagna.

11. Forli and Corso della Repubblica

Saffi Square, Forli, Italy

Visit Forlì to see the museums, historical centre and shop in Corso della Repubblica! In the afternoon Wine taste at La Pandofa Wine Estate if in Fiumana di Predappio you have booked in advance.

Before You Leave

Revisit the places you loved the most or to see something you missed. Reflect on all you've done and save the rest for next time. Arrivederci!