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12 Oct Wellness Valley in Emilia-Romagna

Source: Pro Photo Nut

On the back of my previous travel blogs for Venice and Rome I was invited to visit Emilia-Romagna on the East coast of Italy to see for myself how part of the region is rebranding itself as the Wellness Valley. This initiative is supported by Technogym, a big local employer and the official supplier of gym equipment to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

My journey started with a flight from my home town of Bristol to Bologna that got diverted to Parma because there was a hole in the Bologna runway. Stuff like this happens and so my afternoon exploring that fabulous city turned into a long wait at Parma airport on a Sunday for a coach to complete my journey, finally arriving in Bologna after dark.

The next morning my tour guide and driver Maria Teresa Romolo met me at my hotel and took me to the coastal resort of Marina Romea.

01. There was plenty of running and stretching to be done on the beach despite the overcast skies on the morning of day one. Warm humid days with thunderstorms in the afternoons gave me very calm, high key views of this wonderful place.

02. Marina Romea is the place for a simple getaway. Some Italians have cool shacks by the water at Pialassa Baiona and while away their days fishing and relaxing. This place has a very Caribbean feel about it with driftwood construction and quaint charming wooden boats. By night the local hotels including 5 star options contrast

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