Soul Searching in Emilia-Romagna with #BlogVille.

By Posted in - Emilia-Romagna & Italy & Travel Blog on April 28th, 2013 Bologna, Italy at night.



Bologna, Italy

Bologna through a jet lagged lens.

Mind-blowing mosaics, signature food (think: prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, tortellini), medieval castles and whitewater rafting, there’s a lot of reasons to go to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and we are going to indulge in each during the next week.

We already got a sneak peek of Bologna last week before our local living trip in Tuscany, and I got to say we both really dug it, despite only being in town for a jet lagged 20 some hours. Bologna felt different than any other place we had been in Italy, but honestly in my sleep deprived state I could put my finger on why; I just knew I really liked the vibe.

Now that we’ve been in the country for a week, I’m happy to say that Beth and I have finally kicked our jet lag and we’re ready to take on Bologna again as well as the Emilia-Region. This time, however, we are going to have a little help from our friends and fellow travel bloggers: Peter Parkorr of  Travel Unmasked, Erin De Santiago of No Checked Bags, and Norbert Figueroa of Globo Treks. We will all be the first group of bloggers to hit the region to kick off this year’s Blog Ville with the Emilia-Romagna Tourism Board. The four of us will be rooming together for the next week in the official Blog Ville house in the heart of Bologna, and using that as a base to explore, taste and suck-in Emilia-Romagna. Additionally, this will be Beth and I’s first journey with iAmbassador and we are really excited to be the first bloggers from the team to break in the house.

Bologna, Italy at night.

We have some really cool things lined up for this week, including a cooking class, Italian TV interview, day trips to Modena, Parma and Ravenna as well as an overnight excursion to Piacenza-Bobbio, where we will explore Gothic architecture, see a bit of Botticelli’s work and dabble in some good old fashion river rafting.

All in all it sounds like one amazing adventure and we hope you can follow along with us as we discover Emilia-Romagna and see why it is so affectionately called the “land with a soul.”

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*This is story is part of Blog Ville, a campaign created and managed by iAmbassador in partnership with the Emilia-Romagna Tourism Board. As always, our thoughts and opinions are entirely our own.

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  • Jason’s Travels -

    April 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I’m glad to see you two have so much fun planned! I look forward to reading about it all.

    • Randy -

      May 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      @Jason’s Travels, Thanks Jason! It was a really amazing trip. It’s always fun to discover a new region in a country that you already love.

  • Katherine Belarmino -

    April 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait to read more, especially about the cooking class!

  • Costa Rica Adventures -

    May 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Enjoy! My family is from this region of Italy, it is such a magical place.

    • Randy -

      May 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      @Costa Rica Adventures, Thanks Erin! You are so right! It really is a magical place. Looking forward to many return visits in the coming years. What city is your family from?

  • Andrea -

    May 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful Italian lineup you’ve got going on! I never made it to Bologna, but my sister went and loved it. She had a laugh though, hearing certain North Americans mispronounce it as Baloney. Yup, can’t make this stuff up!

    • Randy -

      May 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      @Andrea, Haha! Yes, we do have a way of mincing words (and languages). Next time you are in Italy I definitely recommend a stop over in Bologna, if only for a bite to eat and quick stroll around the city center.

  • Maria Alexandra @LatinAbroad -

    May 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Your plans are exciting! I have a question by the way: do you happen to know how long bloggers can stay at the BlogVille residence? I could possibly spend a month or 2 there!

    Please let me know 🙂

    -Maria Alexandra

    • Randy -

      May 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      @Maria Alexandra @LatinAbroad, Hi Maria! As far as I can tell, bloggers rotate out every week. I know what you mean about being able to stay for two weeks, we definitely would have love to spend more time in the region. Here’s a link to the Blog Ville site:

      Maybe will see you in Bologna next year! 🙂

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  • Melisa -

    May 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    This seem’s like it would be a very interesting tour.To be honest, I’d rather take this tour than the old boring walk ad talk tours that I’ve seen around Rome.