The short answer is anytime. Emilia Romagna has hot summers and cold winters and the climate is to be considered temperate continental. The months of July and August tend to be hot and torrid however air-conditioning is widely available in Italy and you can always refresh at the Cinque Terre with a swim in the sea. Winter months can be icy and snowy, on the other hand if you enjoy that you can ski on our mountains which are just an hour from Bologna and combine winter sports with gourmet food. Spring and autumn are probably the best periods to visit us and then the busiest time of the year. Spring offers mild temperatures and a lot of day light, Autumn has the best food around the year such as truffles, mushrooms. chestnuts, mulled wine and many of food festivals.