What is Emilia Romagna? The porticoes that shelter and shade your way through the streets of the historic center of Bologna; the modern, dynamic and wealthy city, which at the same time is capable of preserving its human face? Or the infinite, multicolored sea of umbrellas on the sunny beaches of Romagna, the lengthy coastline, crowded with tourists drawn by the irresistible trinity sun-sea-fun? Is this Emilia-Romagna?
Yes, it is all this, and much, much more, starting from its extraordinary historic, artistic and cultural heritage. Emila-Romagna is one of the richest regions of Italy, it is a gigantic treasure house filled with architectural gems and artistic masterpieces, with ancient and famous universities, and modern centers of artistic and cultural learning.
In Emilia-Romagna food is king: Bologna is called “la Grassa” – “the Fat”, here you can find yourself immersed in a sea of flavors and delicacies, mortadella di Bologna is something you will not forget, together with the tortellini and ragu alla bolognese it defines the culinary identity of the city. And in Modena the aceto balsamico – balsamic vinegar, aged for at least 12 years, 25 if vecchio – old, has a taste that is worth its price. In Modena you will find Ferrari and Maserati near cotechini and zamponi for the enjoyment of all your senses. And what about Parma and Reggio Emila, the only places in the world where the Parmigiano Reggiano is made?
But, in addition to being famous for its cuisine, Bologna, is called “la Dotta” – the knowledgeable as it is the home of the most ancient Italian university from the eleventh century. Here the monuments of great artistic value are truly countless, and we shall mention just the two ancient spectacular towers of the Asinelli and the Garisenda, both leaning, and Piazza Maggiore, with its great medieval buildings, and the gothic Duomo of S. Petronio, where Charles V was crowned emperor in 1530.
If you are looking for monuments, outside Bologna, you should not miss the Byzantine masterpieces of Ravenna, the medieval baptistery of Benedetto Antelami in Parma, the Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini, the Romanesque church of S. Mercuriale in Forli’, the ancient Palazzo Comunale in Piacenza, the seventeenth-century Sanctuary of the Madonna della Ghiara in Reggio Emilia, the splendid Galleria Estense in Modena, or the harmonious and well-preserved historic center of Ferrara.
Destinations in Emilia-Romagna:
Castell’Arquato Castle and Village
Cesena – The town of the three Popes
Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba
Colorno Royal Palace
Visit Ferrara in one day
Cistercian Abbey of Fontevivo
Grazzano Visconti Castle
Modena Art & History
Modena: from dairy to delicatessen
Castles in the Parma Province
Parma food and wine
Visit Ravenna in one day
Salsomaggiore and Tabiano Terme
Emilia-Romagna Cultural Heritage
Sleeping in Castles, Eating in Castles in the Provinces of Parma and Piacenza
Porcino mushroom IGP (geographically protected area) of Borgo Taro
Trail of Prosciutto di Parma
Road of the wines and the tastes of the Hills of Scandiano and Canossa
Road of the wines and the tastes of the province of Ferrara
Wine and dine route through the hills of Piacenza
Art and history: Road of the wines and the tastes of Sangiovese
Wine and dine route through the hills of Forli and Cesena