Writing this post in the Rimini Blogville office
Photograph by Suzanne (The Travel Bunny)

Last Saturday saw the end of an amazing couple of months for bloggers in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. Home to the medieval town of Bologna, the food capital of the country, and Rimini, a seaside party town, this region was completely unknown to me despite the fact that I had visited Italy many times before. So when I had the chance to visit the area for the last few days of ‘BlogVille’ I quickly booked my place!

The BlogVille concept was born when Melvin from the travellers’ website, Travel Dudes and Kash from Budget Traveller, teamed up with Nick from the Emilia-Romagna tourist board.

With a base in Bologna, followed by another in Rimini, they invited travel bloggers to come and discover this beautiful region that is so often overlooked by visitors to Italy.

I spent a couple of days in Bologna with Suzanne from The Travel Bunny, before we both joined the BlogVille crew in Rimini. Although we’ve chatted through our blogs and twitter since last year we’ve never actually met but when we did it felt as if we’d been good friends for years and we really have shared a fantastic time together. We’ve visited many lovely places, enjoyed some truly fabulous food and met many wonderful people.

Emilia-Romagna’s anominity is ending as over 50 bloggers from around the world including Europe, America and New Zealand are now sharing their experiences of BlogVille across the internet. The youngest BlogVille inhabitant was just 7 months old and the oldest was in their fifties although the average age was early thirties.

The project was the first of its kind but I’m sure it won’t be the last as it has proved a great success for both the bloggers and Emilia-Romagna. With thousands of tweets, pins, Facebook and Instagram posts being shared throughout the project and hundreds of articles being written about the area, Emilia-Romagna is enjoying a wave of genuine and enthusiastic publicity that only bloggers can provide.

To kick-start my BlogVille posts here’s a collection of my photos from throughout the week which I hope will give you just a hint about the amazing time I’ve had, the new friends I’ve made and the laughs we have shared!

I’d like to thank Nicholas (from the Emilia-Romagna Tourist Board), Suzanne, Erin (from Our Tasty Travels), Norbert (from GloboTreks) and everyone else who made this such a memorable week.


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