- The Emilia’s to the west and the Romagna to the east. Bologna’s
the regional capital and its university is the continent’s oldest.
Other nice cities are Ferrara, Modena, Parma, Ravenna and Reggio Emilia.
Rimini is famous for the nightlife and the beaches. The republic of
San Marino is also in this region.
Bologna is a medieval and Renaissance city with lots of palazzi, squares
and monuments. But it is also famous for eating (pasta, ravioli, cheese,
ham, mortadella) and drinking (red and white wine, Lambrusco and Sauvignon);
Modena is the hometown of the car producers Ferrari and Maserati.
The Ferrari factory’s in Maranello a small town south of Modena.
The aceto balsamico – a balsamic vinegar – is one of the
towns specialities. Modena produces like Parma cured ham (prosciutto
crudo) and the pig’s trotter (zampone) and Tortellini.
Parma’s the home of parmigiano reggiano and Parma ham.
Piacenza with the Piazza dei Cavalli and the Cathedral is a prosperous
town in the northwestern corner of Emilia.
Ferrara is famous for the Palio, a horse race in Piazza Ariostea;
the eight contrade compete for the victory. It’s claimed to
be the oldest such race in Italy, the first official competition was
held in 1279.
Rimini’s at the centre of the Riviera del Sole and so the town’s
main attractions are the beach and the nightlife. Nevertheless it
remains a family destination for many Italians. Near Rimini, in Viserba,
is the theme park Italia in Miniatura, a reproduction of famous Italian
buildings. In Riccione you can join the waterpark called Aquafan.
The Po delta is a stretch of coast where the river spills into the
Adriatic Sea is strangely alluring, particularly because the wetlands
surrounding its two large lagoons – the Valli di Comacchio in
the south and the Valle Bertuzzi in the north – have been designated
as nature reserves. Activities are cycling, walking, horse-riding,
and boat excursions.
Comacchio is a small fishing village that has one attraction –
the Trepponti (Triple Bridge) built in 1635.
Ravenna is close to Adriatic beaches. The main monuments are the Basilica
San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica di Sant’Apollinare
Nuovo, Basilico dello Spirito Santo, Museo Arcivescovile and Battistero
The Repubblica di San Marino is Europe’s third smallest state
after the Vatican and Monaco.