For those who love do it yourself greenery, the smell of flowers and the aromas of herbs, worth visiting are the outdoor exhibition "Cattolica in Fiore", the "Giardini Estensi" in Ferrara where the first edition of "Atmosfere Country" will be held, and "Ancient Spring Fruits" at the Castle in Paderna near Piacenza.
The heart of this wandering music event is the Ravenna Jazz Festival. Ten days of concerts in theaters, clubs and bars in the city and nearby areas, starting with the sensational Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves, for an edition dedicated mostly to jazz singers. May 2-11.
This International Music Festival best represents every form of musical research in unconventional settings and will be held, for its 25th edition, in and around Bologna, Modena and Lugo. There will be many premieres as well as prestigious international guests. May 2-31.
This exceptional stage for Italian jazz will celebrate its twelfth edition with international stars in a series of events that will last more than one month. Opening this event on Saturday, May 2 is Marcello Piras with “From the harpsichord to the jazz piano. The real story”, and the American Dave Weckl Acoustic Band.
What not to miss
The highlight of this spring series awaits you in Comacchio, from May 1 to 3: the Festival of Nature Photography with photography workshops, learning labs, and photography excursions. The following weekend there will be the first edition of the Comacchio Wellness Walk.
Cesenatico hosts the 15th edition of this food event dedicated to promoting this princely local product, the blue fish, at quality restaurants. There will also be many food stands set up where visitors can taste traditional seafood dishes at moderate prices. May 1-3.
This city will get decked out in the colors of the historic city quarters that will compete for the prized palio and bring back the festive atmosphere of the Renaissance. Leading up to the races on the last Sunday in May are competitions and games with flag-wavers and music, a historic parade and many other forms of entertainment. May 2-31.
What's going on now
Markets filled with delicacies and traditional crafts held in the historic downtowns offer a great opportunity to dig through the stands and find unusual gifts with which to fill your pockets.
What to do
From the calendar of exhibitions in the region, we recommend "Ferrari meets Pavarotti" in Modena, the retrospective "Escher" in Bologna, and "The spectacle of modernity" in Forlì. "The Rose of Fire - The Barcellona of Picasso and Gaudì" recently opened in Ferrara.
From days spent in bright hot springs pools to Ayurvedic massages, from rose Hammams to programs for getting back in shape, at the 25 hot springs spas in Emilia Romagna from Salsomaggiore to Riccione there are many new deals great for giving yourself or someone else the gift of health and wellness.