Living in Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is a region in northern Italy, extending from the Apennine Mountains to the Po River in the north. Living in Emilia-Romagna means exploring its medieval cities, rich gastronomy and seaside resorts. The capital, Bologna, is a vibrant city with an 11th-century university and arched porticos lining the streets and squares of its medieval core. 


Expat Families Living in Bologna 

Many families moving to Emilia-Romagna opt to settle in Bologna for the city’s excellent lifestyle, good healthcare services and schooling. Bologna is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life in the country. 


Living in Modena as an ex-pat 

Other cities of note in this region are Modena, Ravenna and Parma. Modena is known for its balsamic vinegar and opera heritage, plus Ferrari and Lamborghini sports cars. There are endless activities for kids in Emilia-Romagna – including the Enzo Ferrari Museum, with exhibits on the life and work of the car designer plus iconic models in a futuristic building.


Moving to Parma

Parma in the north of the region is a university city famous for its prosciutto, cheese and other culinary delights. It’s a prosperous city full of charm: this is the land of Verdi’s operas and Giovanni Pascoli’s poetry, as well as Fellini’s unmistakable cinema. Another attractive benefit for expats in Parma, the city is home to a plethora of great museums, exhibits and art galleries.


Find out why Emilia-Romagna is one of the best places in Italy for retirement.


For more in-depth information about making Emilia-Romagna your next home, visit our MumAbroad Ultimate Guide to Moving to Italy.


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