Emilia

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
romagna, marche
  The Romagna area of Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche region share many a cultural and gastronomic characteristics. Bordering with one another, it is easy and joyful to visit both at the same time, especially if you focus the inland, rather than the coast, as it is here that their shared characteristics truly come to life. We suggest, more than a real itinerary to follow, some locations you may like to visit, depending on when you are in the country and how your fancy strikes you: let's see!  
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
modena
    Modena is an amazing city near Bologna in Emilia Romagna, still showing the signs of the main eras through which it developed: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque period. It definitely has a lot to offer to its citizens and visitors in the way of art, food, wine, entertainment and of course, beautiful and fast cars.     La Ghirlandina and Modena   Let's start visiting the city: if you want to see the Medieval masterwork of Modena,
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Beach at Rimini   Rimini is famous all over the world for its nightlife; in fact its many bars and discos close at dawn!  You can start your night by having an aperitif in one the street bars where people of all ages meet: here you can taste a nice glass of wine (the most famous wine of this area is the Sangiovese) and eat small pieces of the well-known piadina with ham or cheese. After that, just choose a restaurant in the city or one on the beach and try the typical
Monday, September 8th, 2014
Rimini - 143,321 inhabitants.     Tiberius' bridge at sunset, Rimini Ph. depositphoto.com/alkir_dep   Every country has its party city, the place where nightclubs and restaurants become a lifestyle. Spain has Ibiza, Turkey has Bodrum, the U.S. has South Beach and Italy has Rimini. Indeed, since the 1960s this town has been one of the most popular places during the summer season. We are still talking Italy, so don't think it's an entirely modern city with 
Sunday, September 7th, 2014
modena
  Piazza Grande in Modena. Ph. flickr/David Tavares Sousa   The itinerary proposed here starts in Piazza Roma, the first central square of artistic importance you come across when arriving in Modena by train or bus. Facing the square, is the 17th century Ducal Palace, headquarters of the Military Academy. Continue down Via Farini and turn right on Via Emilia which after a few meters opens
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
ferrara
  Le Mura, Walls of Ferrara Ph. depositphoto.com/enrico_lapponi   Ferrara is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, a few km away from the city of Bologna. The town developed on a ford over the Po river and became a center for art and culture, which attracted several artists and intellectuals, especially in the 15th and the 16th centuries. The famous House of Este in Ferrara had been decorated by well known artists like Andrea
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
castell'arquato
Castell'Arquato   Castell'Arquato is a town located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy,  in the province of Piacenza. The town lies on the hills of the Val D'Arda and is close to the cities of Parma and Piacenza. Castell'Arquato has retained its original medieval appearance which, scholars say, is still what it was like in the 10th century. The older section of the town is located at a higher altitude, on top of a rock and is now surrounded by the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Notte Rosa - Pink Night Rimini is one of the most popular holiday capitals for Italians and numerous Europeans too, and each year it boasts around 20 million tourist presences (i.e. overnight stays) Rimini is in the region of Emilia Romagna, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, just a two-hour drive from Venice and Florence and three hours from Rome. The Riviera of Rimini boasts around forty kilometers of coastline and is famous throughout Europe for its fine sandy beaches where, each summer,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castrocaro Terme Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole is a comune located in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy in the province of Forli-Cesena. The town is located close to the cities of Forli and Bologna. Castrocaro is basically made up of three small towns namely Terra Del Sole, Castrocaro and Pieve Salutare. The most interesting one is Terra Del Sole which was founded in the 16th century as a fortress. It is also believed that the town has been built on the site of the ancient city of Solona
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Premilcuore Premilcuore is a town and comune located in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy in the province of Forli-Cesena. The town is located close to the cities of Forli and Bologna. Premilcuore can only be called a village since it is quite small with an area of 98.8 sq km and a population of just 889. The town is known for its ancient fortifications and walls that have been surrounding the settlements for centuries. Premilcuore has successfully retained its medieval form and because
Friday, June 1st, 2012
bologna
A café under the portico in front of San Petronio, the main church in Bologna, Piazza Maggiore Ph. flickr/vic15   History lovers often wish for a time machine that can transport them back in time. Deserted ruins and archaeology are not satisfying substitutes for an experience of life as it once was.   Bologna offers an answer for those who would like to spend time, even if just moments, in the midst of some of the finest times not just in Italian history, but in our
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Chocolate Masterpieces at the  Bologna Cioccoshow   For the tenth consecutive year, Bologna, the culinary epicenter of Italy, has hosted an event on the magic of chocolate: the CioccoShow. Between the 18th and the 22nd of November 2009, all the best chocolate sellers of Italy gathered in this wonderful medieval town to showcase the many ways to taste chocolate. For those who missed this year’s event, not to worry, there is plenty of time to plan for the 6th
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Longiano Longiano is a town and comune located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in the province of Forli-Cesena. The town is located close to Forli and Bologna. Longiano is quite a small town, spread over an area of just 23 sq km with a population of close to 6000. The town is located only a few miles away from the sea and is surrounded by olive grooves, hills, vineyards and various orchards. The medieval town has several important monuments and had won the title of "ideal village of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Emilia Romagna on the Italian Map Emilia-Romagna is known to be one of the major tourist destinations in Italy. The region is spread over an area of 20,124 sq km and the capital of the region is Bologna. Today, the region is considered to be one of the most developed and the richest regions in Europe. The capital of the region, Bologna is known to have a very high level of quality of life. The city is known to be quite modern and advanced. The region itself is known to be one of the most
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ghirlandia Mutina was proclaimed a Roman colony in 183 B.C., but its earlier history had roots in the Etruscan period. With the arrival of the Romans the city took on a new urban layout, fostered by the great land drainage works, and was connected directly to the main highway of Via Emilia, which became the most important east-west road. It was a prosperous municipality in the imperial era, but with crisis of the empire it began to decline. The wars between Constantine and Massenzio (312 A.C
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castelvetro di Modena Castelvetro di Modena is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in the province of Modena. The town is located close to the cities of Modena and Bologna. The town is spread over an area of 49 sq km and has a population of close to 10,500. The town is actually quite small but because of the rise in agritourism in the last few years, the number of tourists visiting Castelvetro di Modena has increased. Plenty of people visit the town to experience the laid back
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Old farm in Portico Portico e San Benedetto is a town and comune located in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. The comune is located in the province of Forli-Cesena and is located close to the cities of Bologna and Forli. The comune is made up of three different settlements, Bocconi, San Benedetto in Alpe and Portico di Romagna. San Benedetto is in fact quite a small town and has a very small population. The town is spread over an area of 60 sq km and has a population of only 829. The town
Friday, June 1st, 2012
modena food
  Dishes of Modena   Modena is known worldwide as synonymous with good food. An old-time record achieved in the name of genuineness, respect for traditions and preservation of flavors. The ideal Modenese menu cannot but open with the delicious dressed pork meats, first among all the Modenese Ham. The place of honor among the starters goes to the tortellini, small pasta squares folded over a filling of pork, ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bologna University Seal     Bologna, chief town of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, has been given three nicknames:   “La dotta”, erudite, because of its well-known medieval University. The University of Bologna, founded in 1088 probably by a board of intellectuals led by the famous Italian writer Giosuè Carducci, is the most ancient Western academy.  People from all over Europe (among whom Dante Alighieri, Thomas Becket, Albrecht Dürer and Nicolò Copernico)
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fontanellato castle Fontanellato is a comune and a small town located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in the province of Parma. The town is located close to the cities of Piacenza and Parma on the plains of the Po River. According to scholars the town was first founded around the 15th century and was built around the Rocca Sanvitale, the fortified home to the Sanvitale family. However, the land where the town stands today has an older history. The area was already inhabited during the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Ravenna is an ancient city that inspired Oscar Wilde and was once the home of Byron. Anyone who visits the city will be swept away by the romance and history that it holds. The main seat of the Roman Empire during the 5th century, and then again during the Byzantine era in the 8th century, the city has a beautiful collection of monuments and examples of Christian art that draw thousands of  visitors every year. Eight buildings in Ravenna were constructed during
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Where in all of Italy can you go when you can't afford the prices in Rome and Milan, can't stand the crowds in Florence and Siena and the heat in Naples Well, it depends on what you want really - but if you're looking for plentiful cultural offerings, a vibrant nightlife, wonderful cuisine and a beautiful, historic and wonderfully unique city, there's no better city to fit the bill than Bologna. Beyond the Tourist Hordes Despite a name that would make many Americans do a double take and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Busseto Busseto is a small comune and town located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in the province of Parma. The town is mainly famous because it was one home to the famous opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. Verdi had moved to Busseto in 1824 and much of the attractions in the town are all related to him. The town is spread over an area of 76 sq km and has a population of close to 6800. Theater lovers and opera lovers who have always admired Giuseppe Verdi visit Busseto to get a glimpse
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castle of Monteleone Monteleone di Roncofreddo, or as it is popularly known, Roncofreddo is a small town and comune located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in the province of forli-Cesena. The town is located close to the cities of Forli and Bologna. Roncofreddo is quite a small town; it is spread over an area of 51 sq km and has a population of close to 3100. The economy of the town is mainly based on agriculture and cattle breeding. Roncofreddo has managed to retain its medieval
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Before we go into the many historical and artistic aspects of this city, we must point out what Parma represents to the modern world and economy. In 2005 it was designated the permanent home of European Food Safety Authority; this is fitting, as it is also Italy's food capital. This is an administrative challenge that put Parma in charge of the safety food matters within the Old Continent. The decision was almost automatic, considering that Parma is the home of unique products such as
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bologna Itineraries and Tours on a Budget BolognaBologna has traditionally been the region in which many tourists, visitors and even locals venture through en route to Florence, Milan, Venice or Rome. Bologna is one of the great cities that is said to have not been affected, at least in the same way of course, by mass-tourism and mass-industrialization like the other counterpart cities mentioned. As a matter of fact, Bologna is really known for its great opportunity to experience a rich,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiumablo Fiumalbo is a small town and comune located in the province of Modena in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. The town is located close to the cities of Modena and Bologna. Fiumalbo is spread over an area of 39 sq km and has a small population of only 1400. Fiumalbo is a medieval village with many churches and oratories. Most tourists visit Fiumalbo to experience its natural beauty and enjoy various outdoor activities like trekking and hiking. The village of Valdare which is located close
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Modena - Cathedral Modena is located in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy and is known for its various magnificent buildings and majestic monuments. A university town known as the "capital of engines" due to the luxury car makers based in or near the city, Modena is effortlessly mixes the modern and the antique to great effect. Most famous for it its marvelous cathedral, or duomo, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997 along with the city
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna ph. depositphotos/sailorr   Bologna is medieval town located in Northern Italy in the Emilia Romagna that was founded by the Etruscans and has since thrived as a popular trade and learning center. It has a population of nearly 500,000 and is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088.   The towers of Bologna: the highest is the "Torre degli Asinelli" Ph. depositphotos/sailorr   Impressions of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bobbio Old Bridge Bobbio is a comune and a small town located in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy in the province of Piacenza. The town is located in the valley of the Trebbia River close to the town of Piacenza. The main backbone of the territory is the Trebbia River. The water of the river is clean and through its course creates several beautiful waterfalls. The valley is also an interesting geological area and is home to many sport activities like fishing, swimming, canoeing and hiking.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Montefiore Conca Montefiore Conca is a small comune and town in the province of Rimini, located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy . The town is located close to the cities of Rimini and Bologna. Montefiore Conca is quite a small town; it is spread over an area of only 22 sq km and has a population of only 1800. Montefiore Conca mostly attracts visitors who want to experience the lifestyle of a real Italian village and with the rise in importance to agritourism in Italy in the past few
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Park Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna is a beautiful area in the Apennine region of Tuscany and Romagna. Established in 1993 the park preserves over 365 square kilometers of gorgeous flora and fauna, as well as several animal species, and a great deal of human history. The park is divided between the provinces of Florence, Arezzo and Forli-Cesena and includes the best preserved and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore and the Torre degli Asinelli, Bologna Ph. depositphotos/prescott10   Bologna is a city still full of cobblestone streets, ancient churches and medieval towers. It is full of deep history and a great wealth of education lies behind this city. Even though the region around Bologna has seen many wars, bombings and rebellions, the city center of has remained preserved and intact. Bologna is known as one of Italy’s hippest cities due to its cutting
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fanano winter night Fanano is a town and comune located in the province of Modena in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. The town is spread over an area of 89 sq km and has a population of close to 3000. Fanano is located close to Modena and Bologna. Monte Cimone falls in the territory of the commune and is surrounded by the Modenese Apennines. Fanano had been the birthplace of Felice Pedroni, popularly known as Felix Pedro to most Americans. The economy of the town is mainly based on agriculture
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Sestola Sestola is a comune and town located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in the province of Modena. The town is located close to the cities of Modena and Bologna. Sestola is surrounded by the Apennine Mountains and Monte Cimone is located quite close to the town. Monte Cimone is located at an altitude of 2165 meters and is a popular destination for winter sports and skiing. Sestola is spread over an area of 52 sq km and has a population of approximately 2600. The economy of the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ravenna The region of Emilia Romagna occupies the north-central portion of Italy south of the Po River. Emilia Romagna nearly stretches across the country with its eastern border along the Adriatic Sea and its western area bordering the Liguria. To the north, Emilia Romagna borders the regions of Lombardy and the Veneto while to the south lie Le Marche, Tuscany and the Independent republic of San Marino. It is in the area around Bologna and Modena that the central Italian mountain chain, the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bagno di Romagna Bagno di Romagna is a small comune and town located in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy in the province of Forli-Cesena. The town is located close to the cities of Forli and Bologna. Bagno di Romagna was first founded by the Romans after they developed a bath in the region. The town was almost completely destroyed in 540 AD by the Ostrogoths and under the guidance of the Guidi family; the reconstruction was done in the 14th century. It was then that a line of walls was
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Castle of Verrucchio Verucchio is a small town and commune located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, in the province of Rimini. The town overlooks the valley of the River Marecchia and is located close to the city of Rimini. The history of Verucchio goes back to 12th century BC when a settlement had been founded in Verucchio. The region had then been under the Etruscans. The town is located at a strategically important position, offering good views of the coast of Romagna and the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Monte Prado - Photo courtesy of Herzi Pinki/Wikimedia If you are looking for stunning natural landscapes then visiting the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano National Park is a perfect option for your vacation. The youngest of Italy's national parks the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano was established in 2001 and encompasses two regional parks and four state nature reserves. Located in central Italy, the park's forest ridges, the Cisa and Forbici Passes, seperate Tuscany from the Emilia region. It is easy to