The Italian region of Emilia Romagna will become a lot closer when North America gets its first direct airline route to Bologna with American Airlines this spring. The seasonal service will operate four times per week from June 6 to September 28, 2019 between Philadelphia and Bologna.
Flights on this route will depart from Italy on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 12:30 a.m. arriving at 4:05 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, flights from Philadelphia will depart at 7:45 p.m., arriving the next day at 9:20 a.m. in Bologna.
These seasonal flights will use Boeing 767 aircraft and will include lie-flat business class seats, Cole Haan amenity kits and chef-designed meals complete with wines.
Foodies, in particular, should rejoice. Emilia Romagna is home to such gourmet cuisine as Parma ham (prosciutto di Parma), Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, traditional Balsamic vinegar and Bolognese sauce. History buffs won't be too upset either: This year, a myriad of cultural attractions will hit the market, including Teatro Galli, which has just reopened its doors after 75 years, to once again become Rimini’s home of music. Other attractions include specially created helicopter and balloon tours to the new Porto di Classe Museum, an archaeological park in Ravenna. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci, who created some of the famous infrastructure in the Duchy of Romagna, as 2019 commemorates the 500th anniversary of his death.
The region is also welcoming a new hotel project from Chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana. Casa Maria Luigia, located just outside of Modena, aims to extend Chef Bottura's hospitality to the renovated 18th-century villa.