Emilia-Romagna Travel Guide

Bikes resting against the wall of a medieval street in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is a region known for its good taste and unforgettable flavors. The region is a major contributor to Italy’s gastronomic heritage, being the birthplace of prosciutto, Parmigiano, balsamic vinegar, and pasta like tortellini and lasagne.

Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, is home to the oldest university in Europe. Forty kilometers of porticoes stretch above the sidewalks of Bologna and give the city its distinctive look.

In addition to Bologna, the region has several well-known, mid-sized cities. Modena, Ravenna, and Ferrara all host UNESCO Heritage Sites, while Parma is known in both culinary and literary circles.

Map of Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna is bordered by six other regions: Tuscany and Le Marche to its south; Liguria and Piemonte to its west; and Lombardy and Veneto to its north.

Given the region’s central location, many of its cities are often included as part of side tours from Florence and Venice.

The country of San Marino straddles the borders of Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche.

UNESCO Sites in Emilia-Romagna

  • Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
  • Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta
  • Porticoes of Bologna

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