Emilia Romagna

The northern region of Emilia Romagna has it all, from lofty mountains to classic farmlands swathed in mist. Here you’ll find fertile plains, a sea coast, rolling hills, rows of vineyards, a thriving industrial base and lively cultural centers. It contrasts the rustic villages with cultured art cities; prestigious universities and country festivals; tractors and sports cars. In short, this region is a microcosm of Italy itself.

From the Adriatic coast, along the Po Valley, to the heights of the mountains, Emilia Romagna has something for everyone. There are ancient ruins, beautiful cities with charming piazzas, cinema, music, art, outdoors activities, museums and opulent churches to discover.

The ancient Via Emilia brought Roman prosperity to the region which was further enriched in the Middle Ages by the noble families and their courts who built palaces, public buildings and churches, and richly decorated them all, attracting noted artists, architects and literary figures here. There is no shortage of beautiful places and artwork to gaze upon.

Emilia Romagna basks on the Adriatic Coast with miles of wide sandy beaches to enjoy. The most famous resort is Rimini, the Daytona Beach of Italy, with nine miles of sand and surf, dance clubs, restaurants and a vibrant vibe. There are lots of other beach towns that are attractive and clean, great for families.
Emilia Romagna is Italy’s gastronomic paradise, where its most famous products come from: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, prosciutto di Parma, mortadella, balsamic vinegar, tortellini, and Bolognese sauce, to name just a few. It is known as both the country’s bread basket and its fruit bowl because of its agricultural and culinary contributions to the nation, and there are some excellent cooking schools located here. Lambrusco wine, soft and frothy, compliments the region’s dishes (But forget about that sweet stuff that is heavily exported! The real Lambrusco is dry and tasty.) Other regional vintages include Barbera, Sangiovese, Malvasia and Trebbiano. Vast vineyards stretch out across plains and hills, making a picturesque drive as you meander around.

There are spas and miles of beaches for relaxing, and vast network of trails for outdoors enthusiasts. Excellent artisans produce ceramics, glass, metal workings, and lace.

Home to high-speed Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, the region is also the birthplace of famous folks like Fellini, Armani, Pavarotti and sings Vasco Rossi and Zucchero. The world’s oldest independent republic, San Marino, sweeps against its southern border.

This is a region to discover – and where you’ll see all the best qualities of Italy in one geographic place!

Bologna

Bologna is a distinctive city that is an architectural gem and Italy's culinary capital.

Modena

A classic historic center melds with a modern city in the heart of Emilia Romagna's Modena.

Ferrara

Ferrara is a surprise - a beautiful art city filled with incredible architecture and interesting streets, yet under-visited by tourists.

Parma

Parma is a sensational city that is a feast for the senses, from the golden hues to the aromas of the cheese, to the decadent tastes of the delicacies produced here.

Forlimpopoli

The vibrant town of Forlimpopoli is situated between Forli' and Cesena, and more than just a lovely city, it is also a culinary capital thanks to a local celebrity.

Ravenna

Ravenna is Emilia Romagna's grand art city, a place of history and culture that embraces its glorious past while offering modern diversions, as well.

Bagno di Romagna

In the verdant green mountains of Emilia Romagna, the town of Bagno di Romagna rests right where the region brushes up against Tuscany.

Vergato

Located just 38 kilometers from Bologna, Vergato is a mountain town in the Appenines.

Castenaso

Just a few miles outside Bologna, Castenaso is a quiet town set in the countryside.

Forlì

Forlì is a city that takes you by surprise for its upscale feel and ancient monuments.

San Piero in Bagno

Nestled next to Tuscany just across the border in Emilia Romagna, San Piero in Bagno is half-way between Arezzo and Cesena.

San Pietro in Casale

San Pietro in Casale sits on the fertile agricultural plains that stretch between Bologna and Ferrara, in Emilia Romagna.

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