The region of Emilia-Romagna is located in northern Italy. The region borders with Liguria to the southwest, Piemonte to the west, Lombardia and Veneto to the north, Tuscany and Marche to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. There are nine provinces in Emilia-Romagna: Bologna, Ferrara, Forli-Cessena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini. Bologna is the capital city of the region.
Most of the main cities of Emilia Romagna are along the Via Emilia, an ancient Roman road, which runs from Piacenza to Rimini on the Adriatic Coast. The region is divided between the flat plains of the Po River Valley in the north and the foothills and Appenine Mountains in the south. With its flat sandy beaches, the Adriatic Coast is a popular tourist destination during the warmer months. Traditionally agricultural, Emilia-Romagna is one of the best regions for food. Lasagna, tortellini and other homemade pasta dishes are from this region, which is also known for its cured pork products. Proscuitto Crudo (Parma Ham), Parmignano Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar are products of this food-loving region. If you can get away from the table, there are many historic and artistic places to visit, including Ravenna’s exquisite mosaics, Modena’s Romanesque Duomo (Cathedral) and the medieval center of Bologna, which boasts one of the oldest Universities in Europe. The signature porticoed streets of the region can be found in cities and towns throughout Emilia-Romagna. For lovers of speed, Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati are all located in this wealthy region.