Emilia Romagna: what to see between plains and cities


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What to see in Emilia Romagna, a region of northern Italy where illustrious people lived, useful information on geography, art and gastronomy.


Tourist information

Emilia Romagna, washed by the Adriatic Sea, borders with Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, Liguria, Tuscany, Marche and the Republic of San Marino.

With its capital Bologna includes the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Ferrara, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini and Piacenza.


The territory of Emilia Romagna is divided into two almost equal parts, the Po Valley to the north, the hills and mountains to the south. The hills and the hilly area belong to the Po valley of the northern Apennines and reach the highest altitudes with Mount Cimome (2165 m. Above sea level), Mount Cusna (2120 m.s.l.m.), the Alpe di Succiso (2017 m. Above sea level).

Part of this Apennine stretch are Mount Falterona, from which the Arno originates, Mount Fumaiolo, where there are the sources of the Tiber.

What see

There are numerous passes that connect the Po-Adriatic side to the Tyrrhenian side of the Apennines, among these the main ones are the passes of Cisa, Futa, Abetone, Porretta, Mandrioli, Raticosa and Citerna.


From the west to the east the plain widens up to the Romagna coast, characterized by lagoons and marshes to the north, and to the south by a low and sandy coast.

As for the origins of the name Emilia-Romagna, the name Emilia indicates the western part of Bologna and takes its name from the ancient Roman road that crosses the entire region, the name Romagna, or land of the Romans, refers instead to the eastern part of the region that took this name because it resisted the invasion of the Lombards, remaining under Byzantine rule.

The Emilia Romagna region is a very hospitable land that offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate its great artistic, cultural, landscape and food and wine wealth.

Through various itineraries you can visit places related to its great characters, famous in the world of music, cinema and literature.

You can appreciate architectural masterpieces, walk on foot or by bicycle in contact with nature and taste local gastronomic delicacies.

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