My seventeen year old son and I are spending the last two weeks of June in Italy. Likely a full week in Emilia Romagna and another full week in Umbria or Le Marche. He is obsessed with Italian sports cars and this is driving our decision to stay in Emilia Romagna. We will be touring Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati all located around Bologna. Not sure yet if we will piece these tours together on our own or take an all day tour run by companies that provide all guiding/transport,visits all three car manufacturers and stop for a lunch.
My central question for this post is, where in Emilia Romagna would be worth basing ourselves for a week? In Bologna or within an hour or so of Bologna for the car tour day/days. We will have a car as our preference is to have a base and take daytrips to explore villages and smaller towns within 1.5 hours of our base. Our main interests are food, photography, cars, architecture and just hanging out. We are not big museum, church visitors. I am an ex French trained chef and a retired photographer. We are thinking we would like to vary our experience by styaing in a village/smallsih town for one week and one week more rural. For the “in town” expereince we are thinking of possilbly Bologna. Have fresh coffee/pastries in the AM down the street, walk to restaurants some nights etc..
Is Bologna a good choice to base ourselves out of for a week? Will finding lodging with parking be possible even if it’s not right on site? I am aware of ZTL zones. Other possible choices; Modena, Ravenna, Ferrara? Are any of these towns better suited fo having sufficient day tripping opportunities for the week? I’m quite certain we will be wanting to tour some parmesan/balsamic producers and maybe take a cooking class. I’m not entirely opposed to breaking up a week but generally prefer the style of settling in somewhere for a week. I could go on but I I’l leave it here for now as I think I’ve provided enough background for some informative responses. Thanks in advance for all input!