Emilia-Romagna is the southernmost region of Northern Italy. It is located almost entirely South of the Po River, which marks the natural border with Lombardy and Veneto. Emilia-Romagna also borders Marche, Tuscany, Liguria, Piedmont and encloses the tiny Republic of San Marino.
Bologna is the region capital, while the other provinces are: Ferrara, Forlì – Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini.
The most important cities of the coastal area, called the “Riviera”, are: Rimini, Riccione, Cervia and Cesenatico.
Rimini, famous for its beaches and trendy clubs, is a city with a long history and a recent tradition of active cultural center. The Arch of Augustus and Tiberius Bridge reminiscent of Roman civilization, while the most precious legacy from the domination of Malatesta family is the Renaissance Malatesta Temple designed by Leon Battista Alberti and embellished by a crucifix by Giotto and a fresco by Piero della Francesca. Rimini boasts the largest convention center in Italy, the Palacongressi. With 4700 seats, it was designed by the archistar Volkwin Marg.
Riccione is another location well known by beach lovers and offers a peculiarity: thermal baths near the sea.
The region capital Bologna is home of Alma Mater, the oldest university in Italy. In the old town with arcaded streets stand the famous medieval Asinelli and Garisenda Towers. The heart of Bologna is the wonderful Piazza Maggiore, celebrated by Lucio Dalla in his song “Piazza Grande”.
Ferrara is a city full of charm, whose history is linked to the lords d’Este, an italian princely dynasty. To visit in Ferrara: the Estense Castle, the Cathedral and the majestic Palazzo Schifanoia, summer retreat of the Este family.
Ravenna is an interesting artistic site with its famous Byzantine mosaics and basilicas of St. Apollinaris and San Vitale. The Basilica of San Francesco hosts Dante Alighieri‘s grave.
Parma is a multifaceted city: high living standards production center and unmissable destination for gourmets and opera lovers who can appreciate the wooden Farnese Theatre and the legendary Teatro Regio. Art history enthusiasts will be interested in Parma’s medieval buildings and churches as San Giovanni Evangelista church and the Cathedral with paintings by Correggio. Parma’s National Gallery is one of the most important in Italy with paintings by Parmigianino, Beato Angelico, Leonardo, Cima da Conegliano, El Greek, Van Dyck, Tiepolo and Canaletto.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN EMILIA ROMAGNA
Ferrara: Renaissance city
Ravenna: Paleochristian monuments
Modena: Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande
ART TOWNS IN EMILIA ROMAGNA
ART TOWNS OF THE PO VALLEY IN EMILIA ROMAGNA
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF EMILIA ROMAGNA
In the Province of Piacenza:
Bobbio (the masterpiece of the Irish monk)
Castell’Arquato (Middle Ages in the hills)
In the Province of Rimini:
Montefiore Conca (a balcony by the sea in the land of Malatesta)
Montegridolfo (a small castle on the Gothic Line)
San Giovanni in Marignano (where the House of Malatesta hid the wheat)
San Leo (the wizard’s citadel)
In other provinces:
Brisighella – in the Province of Ravenna
Compiano – in the Province of Parma
Dozza – in the Province of Bologna
Fiumalbo – in the Province of Modena
Gualtieri – in the Province of Reggio Emilia
AUTHENTIC VILLAGES OF ITALY IN EMILIA ROMAGNA
In the Province of Forlì-Cesena:
Unione dei Comuni della Romagna Forlivese
In other provinces:
WHO’S WHO IN EMILIA ROMAGNA
Emilia Romagna gave birth to orchestra director Arturo Toscanini (Parma, 1867 – New York, 1957), composer Giuseppe Verdi (Le Roncole, 1813 – Milan, 1901) and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti and mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato.
Also born in Emilia Romagna:
– poet Giovanni Pascoli, writer and dramatist Vincenzo Monti (Alfonsine, 1754 – Milan, 1828), artist and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini.
– directors Federico Fellini (and his wife Giulietta Masina), Pupi Avati, Michelangelo Antonioni, Marco Bellocchio, Bernardo Bertolucci
– singers Lucio Dalla, Gianni Morandi, Francesco Guccini, Laura Pausini.
– entrepreneurs Enzo Ferrari (Modena) and Pietro Barilla (Parma), fashion designer Giorgio Armani
– journalists Enzo Biagi and Vittorio Zucconi and TV host Raffaella Carrà
– architect Michele De Lucchi.
– alpine ski racer Alberto Tomba, cyclist Marco Pantani, NBA player Marco Belinelli and football coach Arrigo Sacchi