Exquisite Emilia Romagna
Located in the North of Italy, this exquisite region is one of the wealthiest and most developed places in Europe. The capital is Bolonga and is the home of one of the oldest universities in the world – University of Bologna. The region captures the Renaissance cities such as Modena, Parma and Ferrara.
Named for the road that connects Rome with Northern Italy (Via Emilius), this breathtaking countryside is made up of two remarkable regions, those of Emilia and Romagna. Emilia represents the north-western part of the region while Romagna captures the south-eastern area. Today, the two areas are the personification of old vs. new. Emilia is home to modern industries like the much loved car production (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati). Romagna, showcases older expertise, like wine and clothes.
There are nine providence within the region – Bologna, Ferrara, Forli-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini – each showcasing an amazing grasp of art, architecture and the fascinating history of Italy.
Holding no less than 8 Christian monuments which have been measured praiseworthy of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Ravenna is the regions ‘city of mosaics’ and contributes to the stunning success of the town. The region also features masterpieces highlighting history such as the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, the Mausoleum of Theodosius and the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe.
Do you adore the combination of sun, sea and entertainment? You must visit the Romagna Riviera. It is the longest beach in Europe and people from all over the world come to enjoy its sport offerings and leisure facilities. The towns are packed with every kind of hotel, restaurant, bar and beach club, all of which are within steps of the sea.
The region on known for its variety of cuisines and is considered to be the heart of many Northern Italian food. Essentially discovering a new region means tasting its traditions, which is why Parma Ham (prosciutto di Parma) is an exceptional attraction within itself. Emilia Romagna is defiantly being a centre for food with annual events focus around their specialties such as the Parma Ham Festival!
Emilia-Romagna is known for its ‘egg’ and filled pasta made with soft wheat flour, such as tortellini and tagliatelle. Bologna is renowned for its Ragu (Bolognese sauce in English) – something that should never be put on pasta! We can’t forget Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan Cheese) which is produced in Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena and Bologna.
As in all Italian regions, good wine in Emilia Romagna is a given! Wine is produced in each region however each is made differently. Emilia is known for Lambrusco production, where Romagna is more famous for Albana di Romagna and Sangiovese di Romagna. Good quality olive oil is also produced here, following the POD (Protected Designation of Origin) standard.
Simplicity and taste is the winning combination that makes the cuisine of this region so special.