Emilia-Romagna is a region in northern Italy, extending from the Apennine Mountains to the Po River in the north. It’s known for 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. 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.
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. The Enzo Ferrari Museum has exhibits on the life and work of the car designer in his childhood home, plus iconic models in a futuristic building. Ravenna, near the Adriatic coast, is famed for its brightly coloured Byzantine mosaics. Spread out over several churches and baptisteries around the town is one of the world’s most dazzling collections of early Christian mosaic artwork.
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.