Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna
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Emilia Romagna Travel Guide

Where is Romagna located?

With about 5 million inhabitants, Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy’s most densely populated regions. Lying in Northern Italy, it borders Lombardy and Veneto to the north, Piedmont to the west, Liguria to the southwest, Tuscany to the south, and Marche to the southeast. The independent Republic of San Marino lies within Romagna

The region boasts a flat and sandy coastline lapped by the Adriatic Sea. Behind it plains occupy 47% of the regional surface.

Why is it called Emilia-Romagna?

The name derives from an ancient Latin expression meaning “Roman land.”

Emilia Romagna, Italy
Brisighella, Italy

What to See in Emilia-Romagna? 

  • Bologna: Leaning Towers, Piazza Maggiore, San Petronio cathedral
  • Parma: Parma Cathedral, Baptistery, Teatro Farnese
  • Modena: Modena Cathedral, Galleria Estense, traditional Acetaia (vinegar production facilities)
  • Ferrara: Estense Castle, Ferrara Cathedral
  • Ravenna: Byzantine basilicas and mosaics, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
  • Rimini: Tiberius Bridge, large sandy beaches, Malatesta Temple
  • Reggio Emilia: Roman Theater, Piazza Prampolini.
  • Forlì and Cesena: Cesena Fortress, San Domenico Museums
  • Piacenza: Piazza Cavalli, Farnese Palace
  • Faenza: International Museum of Ceramics
  • Maranello: Ferrari Museum
Tagliatelle are a traditional type of pasta from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy.

What are the traditional dishes of Emilia-Romagna?

Some of Italy’s most famous dishes are originally from Emilia: that includes lasagna alla bolognese, tagliatelle (fresh pasta) with ragù bolognese, tortellini served with meat broth or fresh cream. 

Mortadella Bologna is produced around Emilia Romagna’s chief town, while the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia produce Parma ham, culatello di Zibello, and Parmigiano Reggiano.  

Romagna has a totally different cuisine featuring a few seafood recipes – including Adriatic fish soup or passatelli (fresh pasta) with seafood – and juicy Mora romagnola meat (from the namesake pork breed). It is also the home of Piadina: wildly popular flatbread stuffed with a wide variety of different ingredients, including Parma ham and Squacquerone cheese

Emilia Romagna

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What is the best wine to drink in Emilia-Romagna?

The tendency in Emilia has always been to drink either sparkling wines, semi-sparkling or even Spumante-style wines (those featuring more of a carbonic acid).