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Region of Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is famous throughout the world because of the great Parmigiano Reggiano, the parmesian cheese made in Parma, the balsamic vinegar of Modena, Ferrari cars of Modena and also because of its fabulous salamis. The region named for the Via Emilia, the Roman consular road built in the 2nd century BC by the Marcus Emilius Lepidus. The term Romagna, which indicates the southeast part of the Region, was only officially added to the name Emilia in 1947.
It is made up of the Provinces of Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena, Forli, Piacenza Ravenna, Rimini and San Marino.

Apart from Bologna and the other major urban centres, tourism in Emilia Romagna is principally directed to the Adriatic coast, where from the Comacchio Valleys to the Marches boundary lie some thirty famous and busy seaside resorts. The beaches of Romagna have, in fact, always attracted tourists from home and abroad, (especially the Germans and Northern Europeans). Milano-Marittima, Cervia, Cesenatico, Bellaria, Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica, the Lidi Ferraresi and Ravennati, the most important resorts are oriented to what cannot be called the 'elite' and prefer to cater for the masses.

This policy is facilitated by large sandy beaches, shallow waters stretching for a distance from the shore, a welcoming and vast hinterland and by the network of efficient family-run small and medium-sized hotels, where prices are very reasonable, and the service adequate and efficient. In addition all the centres have discotheques, night clubs, typical bars and restaurants and places of entertainment.

Cultural events include those organised by Riccione (literary awards), Cattolica, Rimini and Comacchio. The immediate hinterland offers important examples of art, especially in the famous Abbazia di Pomposa on the Strada Romea, the Byzantine Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, near Ravenna and the small and picturesque Republic of San Marino, rich in history and traditions with restful landscapes. The visitor is advised to visit the Renaissance Tempio Malatestiano, by Leon Battista Alberti, in Rimini, and the interesting historical town centre.

The great Bosco della Mesola not far from the Po Delta, now a natural park, is a remarkable reminder of what the ancient forests on the plain must once have been, while enthusiastic photography of the amazingly interesting birdlife is a pastime to be indulged in the oasis of Punte Alberete or in the Comacchio Valleys. There are many thermal spas in this region, generally with sulphurous, sodio-bromine-iodic and sodio-iodic springs including Salsomaggiore, in the Parma Apennines, famous for its mud therapy and hydromassage; nearby Tabiano Terme, specializing in the treatment of the respiratory system and metabolism disorders, Porretta Terme, in the upper Reno valley.

A relaxing holiday can also be enjoyed in the Apennine resorts, in an incredibly green untouched landscape. Here lie Pievepelago and Lizzano in Belvedere, and, in the same area, a number of localities with reasonably good winter sports facilities, such as Cerreto Laghi, in the Reggio Apennines, Corno delle Scale in the Bologna Apennines and notably the Monte Cimone area, near Sestola in Frignano.

The countryside is dotted with charming little towns and villages of artistic and environmental interest such as Castell'Arquato, Bobbio and Grazzano Visconti (exact reconstruction of a medieval village) in the province of Piacenza; Sassuolo, with the Palazzo degli Estensi, and Nonantola, with its famous abbey, in the Modena area; Lugo and Faenza, also famous for the International Ceramics Museum, in the province of Ravenna; Cento, between Bologna and Ferrara, with its rich Civic Art Gallery.

Further Reading
Population and Economy of Emilia-Romagna, Italy
With regards to population distribution, two zones are easily distinguished: the hills and mountains, thinly populated, and less suitable for economic exploitation, and the plains, characterized by an excellent communication network, the possibility of intensive farming and ideal conditions for industrial development...

Territory and Industry of Emilia Romagna, Italy
Apart from the traditional processing of agricultural products, the most important economic sectors are food, engineering, textiles, chemicals, glass, pharmaceuticals, furniture and building materials. The fishing industry, both salt and fresh water fishing are highly developed industries, as well as the cattle and pig farming of the Comacchio valleys. Tourism is also booming and one of the Region's strong points...

History of Emilia Romagna, Italy

Populated long ago by the Etruscans who had made it their outpost for trade with Northern Europe, the region, and more specifically the city of Ravenna, became the location for the last capital of the Roman Empire..

The Cuisine of Emilia Romagna, Italy
Emilia is the home of salamis, and Parma is their home. Parma has a saying: "The pig is like Verdi's music, there's nothing to throw away."

Pasta of Emilia-Romagna ? Cappelletti, Italy
Recipe for Cappelletti (caplitt in local dialect)- a kind of ravioli.

Historical Origins of Cappelletti, Pasta of Emilia Romagna, Italy
With regard to the shape of this noble pasta, there is a curious and amusing legend which finds its origin..

Wines From the Region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Emilia-Romagna's wines might be considered northern Italy's odd lots, different on the whole from the neighbours', often facile in style, but nearly always refreshingly individualistic...

Day Trips in Emilia Romagna, Italy
There are many possibilities for a stimulating journey. You need just choose whether to go back into the past or take a virtual dive into the depths of the sea..


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