Emilia-Romagna is an administrative region located North of Italy, comprising the historical regions of Emilia and Romagna. The regional capital is Bologna, and the region's total land area stands at 22,446 square kilometres. Emilia-Romagna is one of the wealthiest and the most developed regions in Europe, with the third highest GDP per capita in Italy. Bologna, its capital, is a world-renowned site not only for its beauty but for the quality of life here; indices tell that life in Bologna is quite better as compared to other areas.
Further, the region is a main cultural and tourist centre not only of Italy but the rest of the world as well, primarily because the whole of the region is dotted with Romanesque and Renaissance cities such as Moderna, Parma, and Ferrara, along with being a centre for food and automobile production (being the home of companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani, De Tomaso, and Ducati). The region is also gifted with popular coastal resorts such as Rimini and Riccione, and is known to be a legacy of Ancient Rome.
What to see & do
Bologna – Bologna is the capital of the province and of the Emilia-Romagna region. It is located in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, at the heart of the Po Valley. Due to its position between North and South, East, and West, it is very well connected to other key Roman cities, such as Venice, Florence, Milan, and Rome. Rich in art and history, Bologna never ceases to amaze its visitors with its wonderful and spectacular views and culture. It is called as “The Learned” for its old university, “The Fat” for its food tradition, and has become a UNESCO City of Music – an inspiration to musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Bologna also has one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval historical centres full of restaurants, taverns, theatres, and shops. Do not miss the Piazza Maggiore, the Church of San Michele in Bosco, the Sanctuary of Beata Vergine di San Luca, the Archiginnasio, the Palazzo Poggi, and the taste of hand-made pasta topped with tasteful sauces.
Rimini – Rimini is a city in the region of Emilia-Romagna and the capital of the Province of Rimini. It is located on the Adriatic Sea, the body of water which gives it the character, and on the coast between the rivers Marecchia and Ausa. It is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe, thanks to its 15-kilometre run of long sandy beaches and a developed district of over 1,000 hotels, bars, restaurants, and discos. Apart from the beach and the parties, Comune de Rimini is characterised by Roman and Renaissance monuments such as the Arch of Augustus, the Tiberius Bridge, the House of Malatesta, and the Malatesta Temple. Rimini is also one of the most active cities in the revolutionary front, hosting many of the movements aimed at the unification of Italy.
Modena – here, on the plains of slow-flowing Po, lies one of Italy's great gastronomic centres. Modena is the creative force behind the real balsamic vinegar, the giant tortellini stuffed with tasteful fillings, sparkling Lambrusco wine, and backstreets crammed with some of the best restaurants no one has even heard of. Apart from this, the city is also the birthplace of Ferrari, and of the late Italian opera singer Pavarotti, whose voice still haunts us from his grave.
How to get around
Many of the larger cities in the region such as Parma, Bologna, and Forli have bus services to connect other areas of the region to major destinations. Railways, along with roads are pretty much developed here, so travellers will have easy access to various points and sights.
How to get there
There are many airports of entry in Emilia-Romagna. Some of the notable airports include the Federico Fellini International Airport, the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, the Forli Airport, the Parma Airport, and others.