Off the coast
north of Toscana and Le Marche and south of Lombardia
and Veneto, Emilia Romania extends from the Adriatic
Sea in the east to the back end of the tiny region
of Liguria, on the Ligurian Sea. However it wasnít
always this large. In 1946 the two regions of Emilia
and Romagna decided to unite in order to create one
stronger and more diverse region. Now the vast region
covers almost the entire diameter of Italy, and in
covering such a large area, Emilia Romagna probably
offers more in terms of culture, art, history, and
recreation than any other region in the country.
It can be said that anyone making
a second or third trip to Italy could spend their
entire vacation in Emilia Romagna and experience all
of the things the rest of the country has to offer
and have the time of their lives doing so.
Spanning the entire distance of the
region is the ancient Roman road "Via Aemilia".
Built in 187 B.C. the Via Aemilia connects the cities
of Piacenza (an old military base built along the
Po river near the border of Emilia Romagna and Lombardia)
and Rimini (an ancient city that at one time was one
of the largest most important cities in the area.
It now doubles as a seaside resort on the Adriatic.).
By following this ancient highway travelers can find
everything from ski resorts to beachfront hotels,
and enjoy the art and culture along the way.
Emilia Romagna is rich with large
Medieval and Renaissance cities as well as smaller
less well-known cities that offer more than the average
traveler would think. Parma, Piacenza, Bologna, Ravenna,
Ferrara, and Rimini are all of the regions more famous
cities. But there are also places like Modena and
Roncole-Verdi that have so much to offer that the
average visitor may not realize.
Just as famous as the art and culture
of Emilia Romagna is its cuisine, perhaps the best
in the country. It is said that this region benefits
more than any other from the Po River. The Po helps
irrigate much of the farm land of Emilia Romagna and
its minerals help the region produce an abundance
of fruits, grains and meats that are a step above
those found anywhere else. As a result some of Italyís
most famous dishes come from this region; the most
well known around the world is probably the "Pasta
Bolognese". Named for the regionís capital Bologna
this ragu (tomato sauce) is made from onions, beef,
pork, and mortadella. To compliment the fine foods
of Emilia Romagna are its wines. The wines produced
in this region, especially from the province of Ferrara
are some of the best in Italy and rival those more
famous wines from Toscana. If you ever find yourself
in this region we suggest taking a tour of one of
the vineyards. It will be an experience you will never
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