Considered to be one of the most affluent regions in Europe, this region boasts a very high quality of life. Fast cars and good food are the hallmarks of Emilia-Romagna. It is the production home for the Maserati, the Ferrari, the Lamborghini and other notable high-end cars. The oldest university in the western world, the University of Bologna, is situated in the town of Bologna.
The region is made up of 2 historical sections (Emilia and Romagna) and 9 provinces. These are Bologna, Ferrara, Forli-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini. The capital is Bologna. Plains account for nearly half of the area’s geography. Hills and mountains each are about one fourth of the terrain. There are lagoons and thermal springs in some parts of this region.
Tourism is on the rise in this area, as visitors flock to the seaside towns. The region boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Christian Monuments in Ravenna; the Cathedral in Modena; and Ferrara’s Po Delta.
Getting around in this region is fairly easy since most of the major attractions are along Via Emilia, the East to West road that was originally laid out by the Romans in 187 BC. This road divides the northern plains and the Apennine mountains in the south.
Known as the gastronomic capital of Italy, the region is especially known for its filled pasta and wine. Come for the historic centers. Partake in the seaside nightlife. Just don’t forget to enjoy the incredible food!
Sports lovers should know that the region loves football, basketball and volleyball. Hiking is a fan favorite in this part of the country too. Thousands of hardy souls come to participate in the 25-day hike that is known as the Grande Excursion Apennine.
Accommodations can be as high end as luxury villas and hotels or moderately priced apartments and B&B’s. For those with a smaller budget, hostels are popular. In the rural areas, farm owners have gotten into the tourist trade by offering agriturismos. These are generally rooms in their homes or outbuildings. The term agriturismo is often synonymous with hostel or B&B. Some of the hostels offer pet friendly lodging as well as activities for their guests which might include cooking lessons, wine tasting, or guided tours of the region.
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Rimini used to be called the Teutonic (German) BBQ, because thousands of German holiday-makers lay on the beaches and turned over like steaks. It is still the same, just more international now. You've got to pay for most beaches and the beach strip is filled with restaurants, shops, and hotels. If one likes to party …
Bologna is a fantastic city in my humble opinion. :)
Modena is wonderful. Very peaceful with wonderful food.