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BlogVille is back! And to make it more interesting this year, we’ve added a new region: Tirol!

We are very proud to announce the sixth edition of BlogVille, the award-winning concept that welcomes bloggers from around the world to experience Emilia Romagna and Italy like a local. This year, we welcome the Austrian region of Tirol as our latest BlogVille partner!

BlogVille was launched in 2012 by the region of Emilia Romagna in partnership with two iambassadors, Melvin Boecher and Kash Bhattacharya. Since then, the BlogVille concept has grown in leaps and bounds, proving its worth by generating top-quality content and reaching millions of travellers worldwide. In 2013 the project opened its doors to the Republic of San Marino, which since then plays an active role in the campaign together with Emilia Romagna. In 2014, the project saw the inclusion of another Italian destination, the Lombardia region, with an apartment available for bloggers in Milan. This year, we’re proud and very excited to expand BlogVille yet again to include the Austrian region of Tirol!

Blogville Europe

In 2017, Blogville will feature two international locations: Emilia Romagna (Italy) and Tirol (Austria).

In partnership with the tourism boards of Emilia Romagna and Tirol and iambassador, three blogger apartments and chalets will open their doors to travel bloggers and influencers from around the world, providing them a base from which to explore the regions at their own leisure. In addition, travel bloggers visiting the Emilia Romagna base will also have the opportunity to discover the Republic of San Marino. Each apartment will host 3-4 bloggers each week (each blogger will have a private room). As with previous editions of BlogVille, the bloggers will be provided with wifi and a survival pack (containing local produce such as bread, cheese, wines, etc…), and a House Master will be present to look after the bloggers.

Bologna, Emilia Romagna (Italy) view of the apartment’s street

Mayrhofen, Tirol (Austria) the blogger’s chalet

Official dates of the campaign are:
Bologna, Emilia Romagna (ITALY): Monday 5th June – Monday 10th July, 2017
Achensee, Tirol (AUSTRIA): Sunday 2nd – Saturday 8th July, 2017
Mayrhofen, Tirol (AUSTRIA): Saturday 8th – Saturday 15th July 2017

Both destinations will help bloggers create a customised itinerary throughout Emilia Romagna and Tirol that reflects each blogger’s interests, niche and preferred pace, as opposed to a classic blog trip.

Interested in taking part at BlogVille? Then fill in your application form and good luck!

Author: 2 weeks ago

While Ferrara is not a big city like Florence or Bologna, it’s packed with things to see and do. After all, Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta are UNESCO World Heritage sites. When planning your trip, at least double the 30 hours to even come close to scratching the surface.

Author: 1 month ago

Emilia-Romagna is a food lover’s paradise. From its expertly-made pastas to its carefully cured meats to balsamic vinegar that’s been made in the same way for centuries, Emilia-Romagna food is what dreams are made of. The region is considered by many to be the “breadbasket” of Italy, the culinary heart of the country. A two-week visit isn’t enough time to try everything Emilia-Romagna has to offer, but we did our best. Here are some of our favorite foods from around the region.

Author: 2 months ago

Uma das atividades mais legais que fizemos em Bolonha foi visitar a Carpigiani, onde a Luiza aprendeu, na prática, um receita de sorvete artesanal, o chamado gelato. A maioria das crianças ama sorvete e a Luiza é uma delas. Imagina a alegria dela aprendendo a fazer gelato, o autêntico sorvete italiano!!!

Author: 3 months ago

Inspired by this video, I’ve created my ideal Euro food trip itinerary which covers both regions. This itinerary includes all my favourite towns, restaurants, wineries and things to do and see. You could easily spend a week in each region following this itinerary but I suggest taking your time to get the best out of both Costa Brava and Emilia Romagna.

Author: 4 months ago

Ravenna is a small, historic town in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Located close to the Adriatic Sea, the town can trace its history back more than 2,000 years. Ravenna enjoyed a prosperous period during Roman rule in the 1st century A.D. before being occupied by a succession of other powers including the Ostrogoths and the Byzantines. I was attracted to Ravenna after reading up about its UNESCO sites and stunning mosaics but during my stay there, I discovered other great reasons that warrant a stay of at least a few days. The UNESCO sites can be covered in a day or two as most of them are within walking distance of one another.

Author: 4 months ago

My love for hiking isn’t a secret – so it wasn’t purely by chance that I found myself hiking a part of the Alta Via Trail in Emilia Romagna. I knew that it was something I had to do during my week of exploring Emilia Romagna with Blogville, but I didn’t expect it would be on a day when the sun would decide to play hide-and-seek. “I’m sorry but the weather is like this,” said Riccardo, my guide, as he gestured to the low-hanging fog with a dejected look as we drove closer to our starting point in the Parco Regionale dell’Alto Appennino Modenese in Modena.

Author: 4 months ago

L’Emilie-Romagne, région du jambon de Parme, du Parmesan, du Vinaigre balsamique de Modène, du Grana Padano… Et de tant d’autres spécialités gastronomiques! Autant dire que c’est un petit paradis pour les gourmets (et les gourmands!).

Author: 4 months ago

À une heure et demie de train de Bologne, les amateurs de bronzette viennent se faire lécher les pieds par la mer Adriatique sur les plages de sable fin de Cervia. Mais derrière son apparente frivolité, cette petite bourgade balnéaire réserve de splendides découvertes aux voyageurs prêts à troquer serviette et parasol contre un brin de curiosité.

Author: 4 months ago

Today on the blog I’m going to share my favourite food experiences from that visit. The places I went to are kind of spread out across Emilia-Romagna, so this is a good itinerary for anyone planning a mini Italian road trip. The distances aren’t that long, but having a vehicle will give you the flexibility to do farm stays, enjoy dinners in countryside castles, and visit producers that are located in more rural regions. Now let’s get to it!

Author: 4 months ago

Brisig where?
My well-traveled friend questioned and gave me skeptical stare, thinking I was pulling her leg. She has never heard of Brisighella, a town in Emilia-Romagna and when I mentioned Faenza and Ravenna, she began to get a clearer picture as to where it’s situated. Surrounded by three rocky hills, Brisighella is known as “The three hills village” and listed as “One of the most beautiful villages in Italy”. While Ravenna, gets all the attention in this area, Brisighella with its picturesque backdrop and its unique, colorful defensive walkway, deserves a visit.

Author: 5 months ago