12 Oct Wellness Valley in Emilia-Romagna
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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.