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Tuesday Travel Update – Emilia-Romagna Edition


Ferrara, ItalyAfter two weeks in Jordan, I’ve arrived in Italy! In particular, I’ve spent the last several days exploring the world heritage sites in the Emilia-Romagna region. I’ve been in the region before but I’ve never spent any significant time here.

In a few days my G Adventures Photography tour begins in Venice and I had a week to kill before it started. The Emilia-Romagna tourism board is running an innovative program called Blogville where they invite bloggers to come and live in an apartment in Bologna. I applied, figuring that the dates and located worked well between my Jordan trip and my photography tour, but they had already filled their slots. However, they did manage to help me get a hotel room and I’ve used the time to go exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the region.

Emilia-Romagna has 3 world heritage sites, not including the country of San Marino which is surrounded on three sides by the province. They are:

  • Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta
  • Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna

I am writing this in Ravenna, which in my opinion is the far and away the best of the three. The early christian churches here are fantastic. Not many people realized the during the last 70 years of the western Roman Empire, the capital was not in fact in Rome but was in Ravenna. It was also the Byzantine capital of the region after the collapse in 476.

Tomorrow I head back to Bologna for a few days before making my way to Venice to begin the photography tour. I’m really excited about where we’ll be going. Over the two-week course of the tour we will be visiting and photographing some of the best locations in all of Italy.

Oh yes, I won a Northern Lights Award this year for my photo essay on Haida Gwaii. The awards are given out by the Canadian Tourism Commission for excellence in travel journalism covering Canada. I took second place in the photography category behind National Geographic…

Sponsor Updates

This Staturday is the start of my 2nd annual photography tour with G Adventures. If you want to get a first look at the images which will be coming out of the tour make sure to follow the Facebook and Instagram feeds for myself and G Adventures. You can find them here:

Italy is full of photogenic things. I’ve been excited about this trip ever since we announced it in January and I hope you enjoy the images that come from it as well!


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  1. Despite being Italian I’m still missing most of Emilia Romagna!

  2. Italy is one of the countries which I like to visit. Those Heritage sites are amazing! Congratulations for your award!

  3. Jackie says:

    Wow. Seems like a great area to visit!

  4. Rob says:

    I love Italy and been many times but I haven’t visited this area. Have to admit I didn’t know about the World Heritage sites there so I think I’ll have to include the area on my next trip.

  5. I have always wanted to visit this region. San Marino, for some reason, has always held a special appeal for me and I hope to see it soon. Great photo of the castle

  6. MIchael E. says:

    Wow! What a castle. I watched a recent serious on The History channel about the Eastern and Western Roman Empire’s. Every time rome was sacked… the Emperor would hide out in Ravenna. Now i know why! Maybe that castle! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Paul says:

    Congrats on your award! And thanks for sharing what you know about Ravenna. I never knew it used to be the capital of the Western Roman Empire!

  8. Aaron Douglas says:

    That castle (is it a castle?) looks gorgeous, I want a moat around my house

  9. Carlo says:

    Funny, I’m reading this just 30 miles away from where you are :)

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