11 cities of art and countless historic villages make up a territory with a thousand souls
The Emilia-Romagna region was formed by the merging together of different yet complementary areas. Between the lapping waves of the Adriatic Sea and the snowy peaks of the Apennines lies a wonderful variety of history, traditions and landscapes, offering just as many destinations to visit.
The Emilia region is the land of the castles and citadels of the Parma and Piacenza Duchy, of world-renowned PDO and PGI products − especially Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma − and the music of Giuseppe Verdi, who hails from Busseto. The city of Reggio Emilia was in fact the birthplace of Italy's tricolour flag.
When it comes to culinary specialities, the Bologna and Modena area is also worthy of mention. This is the birthplace of balsamic vinegar, Mortadella Bologna and many other flavours that pair beautifully with local wines. This area is home to major car and motorbike manufacturers − Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati and Maserati to name a few − and world-famous racetracks. The vast ski resorts on Monte Cimone, the highest peak in the region (2,165 metres above sea level), and on the Corno alle Scale mountain are also a testament to the region's deep-seated sporting tradition.
Romagna, on the other hand, has always been about seaside and entertainment, from Ferrara's beaches to Rimini's coastline in the far south of the region. But there is far more to Romagna than meets the eye; this area harbours enchanting hillside villages in the Forlì-Cesena and Rimini countryside, ancient culinary traditions that are embodied in the region's emblematic piadina flatbread, a passion for wellness and fitness, and UNESCO World Heritage listed art cities, like Ravenna and Ferrara, which share the title with Modena.
Now all you have to do is choose your destination and arrange your next trip to Emilia-Romagna.