The Emilia Way | Sometimes casual and sometimes refined, but always inspired, authentic and unforgettable

What we do

Anyone who’s visited friends or family abroad will tell you that a trusted contact is the key to experiencing the best that destination has to offer. When you’re with an insider, your vacation becomes an entirely different experience: you’re not so much visiting a destination as you are experiencing life in another place, if only for a short time.

My COUSIN EMILIA offers every visitor to Emilia Romagna exactly that: a “cousin” to guide them to places that outsiders don’t know about, to open doors that aren’t accessible to tourists…to create the unforgettable experience that everyone wants but few will ever have. We want you to have the best vacation experiences and culinary adventures this wonderful region has to offer, no matter your time schedule, tastes and temperament.

For travelers who don’t want to be part of a herd, shuffled from one venue to another on a tour guide’s time table, we can help in any number of ways. From single day trips to coordinating entire vacations here is just a taste of what’s waiting for you with My Cousin Emilia. For more details, visit vacation ideas  above.

• Visit a beautifully restored 14th century castle on the Po River. Start the morning with the production of Parmigiano Reggiano. See first hand the “birth” of the king of cheese. Then on to the black pig farm, their feeding, their pastures, processing of the Culatello and a visit to the ancient cellars for curing, Lunch is a “tasting” of the farm produced, award winning Culatello di Zibello, salumi, varieties of Parmigiano Reggiano such as Vacche Rosse, focaccia and  homemade desserts. After lunch, enjoy a cooking lesson led by the chef of a Michelin starred restaurant and learn the art of fresh pasta making in the Parmigiano tradition.

• Visit a sleepy hamlet that’s Emilia’s truffle capital; go hunting for white truffles with expert local guides. Have a tasting of local Colli-Bolognese wine and then dine in an authentic trattoria in the Colli-Bolognese, family owned since the 1930′s. Experience mouth-watering comfort food that is hand made with only locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

• Travel to Modena, the city that made Balsamic Vinegar a gourmet mainstay. You’ll be tempted by great food from all the regions of Italy at the famous Il Mercado Coperto. Visit the UNESCO site of Il Duomo and the Torre di Ghirlanda. Visit the Ferrari Museum then go behind the scenes at one of the smaller high-end producers of balsamico. See the prized barrels in which the vinegar slowly matures for almost a century and savor the most exquisite varieties. End the day with dinner at the 5th best restaurant in the world on the Pellegrino list.

• Spend the day in Faenza, famous for centuries old tradition of pottery making. Lunch at a famous EnoTavola then walk through the beautiful city center to the International Ceramics Museum. Visit an award winning cantina for Riserva Sangiovese that rivals their cousins in Tuscany. Learn to make authentic Pizza Napolitano from a Maestro Pizzaiolo whose passion for quality and authenticity has won over aficionados from Napoli and Gambero Rosso, who has named them one of the best 15 places for pizza in italy.

• Enjoy an evening of Verdi from a private box at Teatro Reggio, then spend the next day in Cremona, famous for it’s violins. The day includes the Stradivarius Museum, which also conserves the tools used to make the instruments. Enjoy a short concert in the Hall of Violins, a permanent collection of antique instruments, which are played daily. Dine in a small trattoria on the main square of a tiny medieval walled village.

• Explore Bologna’s artisanal food shops and salumerias with a resident local food expert. Lunch at one of the city’s most historic trattorias then stroll Bologna’s boutique shops, art treasures and picturesque streets. Stop for a tasting of hand made chocolates including the famous Gianduia made with hazelnuts.

• Set off for the coastal Byzantine city of Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Study the beginnings of modern Christianity through the city’s vibrant and perfectly preserved mosaics with the help of an expert guide. See the restoration of ancient works and creation of traditional Roman and Byzantine mosaics in artist’s studios. Visit the seaside town of Cesanatico on the Adriatic Coast for a delicious dinner of brodetto (fish stew) and pesce fritto.

• Take guided hikes of the Apennines or cycling adventures through picturesque villages along the Po River.

 The possibilities are truly endless.MY COUSIN EMILIA will help you discover the best that this exceptional region has to offer,  tailored to your individual tastes.

To contact me: roberta@mycousinemilia.com