Emilia-Romagna Travel Guide

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

Erudite and refined, 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 pastas like tortellini and lasagne.

Emilia-Romagna is well-known for its small cities, each more famous than the next. Modena, Ravenna, and Ferrara all host UNESCO Heritage Sites, while Parma is known in both culinary and literary circles. Bologna, home of the oldest university in Europe, is the capital of Emilia-Romagna.

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.

Last Updated: April 8, 2021