WE ARE GOING TO FRANCE AND ITALY IN OCTOBER. ANY IDEAS FOR DAY TRIPS FROM LYON? IN ITALY WE HAVE MOST OF THE PLACES OF INTEREST PLANNED EXCEPT FOR BOLOGNA. ANY DAY TRIPS AND ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND BOLOGNA?
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Some 30 kilometres south of Lyon, Vienne is known for its Temple d'Auguste et de Livie, a Roman temple that later became a church and later still a Temple of Reason during the French Revolution. Closer to Lyon, Domaine de Lacroix-Laval is a historic chateau in stately park-like surrounds that offers an insight into the country life of the French aristocracy. Rustic and highly photogenic, Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez was original a Carthusian monastery that grew to become a village, rated one of the most beautiful villages in France and set within the green folds of a nature park. Another option is a wine tour, and Lyon is close to Beaujolais and the northern Cotes du Rhone wine region.
Parma and Modena are two great cities that you could visit in an energetic day from Bologna. The morning market in Modena is particularly worthwhile. Ferrara is another great smallish city well worth visiting, with an impressive medieval castle as its centrepiece, frequently a venue for art exhibitions.
Lyon and Bologna have something in common – food. The culinary arts are taken seriously in both, and many would claim that these two cities have the best eating in France and Italy. Don't miss the chance to sample the markets and the wonderful cafes and restaurants in both these cities.