First things first – from one end to the other, Emilia-Romagna measures almost 300 km. As a result, travel times will depend on where in the region you want to go.
Piacenza, the northernmost town, is only 70 km from Milan, and can be reached by car and train in about an hour. On the other hand, if you are planning to travel to the southern part of Romagna, you’ll need to account for at least three hours.
From Milan, you may choose to travel to Emilia-Romagna by train or car. Train is ideal if you want to visit larger cities within the region, but if you wish to go hiking or head to smaller towns, a car will make your life much easier.
The Milan-Rome high-speed rail line crosses Emilia-Romagna, stopping in Bologna. Travel time is only 1 hour (2 and a half by car) – so if you are planning to just visit Bologna, the train is probably a better option.
Most locations featured in this article are quite offbeat, and only served by minor regional lines (if any). For this reason, we recommend travelling by car. You’ll find travel time from Milan included in each section, as well as travel time from the previous location in case you wish to combine all suggestions into a weekend itinerary.