Sweeping north from the Apennines to the fertile Po Valley, Italy’s Emilia Romagna region is home to some of the country’s most delicious and sought-after food, some of its most affluent cities and some of its most hospitable locals. This is the land of Verdi’s novels and Giovanni Pascoli’s poetry and Fellini’s unmistakable cinema - a land of romance, art and true Italian style. Join us as we take you on a tour of Italy’s beautiful Emilia Romagna region.
Emilia’s capital, Bologna, is a thriving city full of history, and arguably one of the most attractive in the country. At its busy centre you’ll find charming medieval terracotta buildings, grand Gothic and Renaissance architecture, regal theatres and some of the best restaurants Italy has to offer, all radiating out from the great central square of Piazza Maggiore. Bologna is famous for being the home of the world’s oldest university, but it is just as well known for its rich food legacy – after all, this is the birthplace of Bolognese sauce.
If Bologna’s history in food is impressive, Parma’s is nothing short of legendary. Here you’ll be able to indulge in perfectly aged parmigiano reggiano – known around the world as the king of cheeses – discover the taste of some of the world’s best prosciutto and sip local wines in the cities beautiful art-nouveau cafés. It’s no surprise that Parma is considered to have one of the highest standards of living in Italy, and you’ll feel completely at ease as you leisurely explore its calm and picturesque streets.
The self-proclaimed spiritual capital of Emilia Romagna, Modena’s list of famous exports is long and varied. There’s the luxury supercar manufacturers that are tied to the town, one of the world’s most recognisable opera singers, Luciano Pavarotti, and the city’s cathedral, considered one of the finest Romanesque buildings in Italy. That’s all before we’ve even mentioned the food – Modena is known as the true home of real balsamic vinegar, and visitors will also be able to treat their taste buds to giant tortellini stuffed with tantalising fillings and sparkling Lambrusco wine in cosy, authentic and stylish restaurants.
The Appenine Mountains
The Appenine Mountains stretch over 1000km from the north to south of Italy along the eastern coast, forming the backbone of the country. The mountains to the north of the country mark the end of the Emilia Romagna region, and there’s plenty to explore in the areas around them – most notably the Parco Nazionale dell' Appennino Tosco-Emiliano. Running along the spine of the moutains and straddling the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, this national park is bursting with Italy’s signature natural beauty, enchanting forests and spectacular wildlife.