This is a major wine-making area, especially in the rolling hills outside Imola and further up the valley: here, the dominant reds are Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, while Albana and Pignoletto represent the local whites.
Further on, the vineyards give way to orchards: the Casalfiumanese and Bella di Imola apricots, nectarines and cherry trees, which in early spring colour the gullies with their bright, fragrant flowers.
Stop off at the farms and wineries along the Santerno Valley to taste the fresh local produce and discover how it’s made.
Last but far from least comes a must-eat on any tabletop (or picnic!), a ‘native’ of the border area between Emilia and Romagna: the Piadina. The classic way to enjoy it is stuffed with soft squacquerone di Romagna cheese, prosciutto and rocket. And as you travel along the Santerno you’ll find plenty of other recipes too, all full of seasonal delicacies.