Composed of two separate, but conjoined, regions of Emilia and Romagna, this regional territory covers the northeastern parts of the Italian peninsula. From the country’s most exquisite culinary, to the fastest cars, deep historic roots and expositions of art in all forms, Emilia Romagna parades wide arrays of wondrous attractions.
Regions’ landscape comprises magnificent seasides, shrubby hills, and highlands of Apennines marked sparingly with medieval villages and culturally praiseworthy municipalities. To explore one of the country’s cultural pillars, here are the top 15 destinations in the Emilia-Romagna region.
The small township of Cesenatico is a quick drive from Bologna and lounges at the shores of the Adriatic Sea. The city is veined with the sophisticatedly engineered system of Comacchio canals, setting forth a scenic suburban structure, that has inspired the nickname “Venice without the people”- to describe the serenity and urbanscape locality. Narrow streets of the town are bordered with colorful houses, medieval buildings, and churches dating from the maritime era.
Outside of municipal boundaries, woodlands of Casentinesi National Park and its massif house the prized natural reserves, in contribution to the conversation of many animal species, making it a top destination for the photographers, nature activity fans and curious anthropoid visitors; providing photogenic views and numbers of hiking routes that lead to the hidden natural treasures of these forests.
2. Po Delta Nature Park
Situated just outside Comacchio town, the natural reserve of Po Delta covers a vast area, while concealing headwaters of the longest Italian river, Po. The park is home to a wide variety of aquatic bird species; visitors can take water safari rides across the lagoon to spot astonishing birds such as flamingos, elegant slits, herons and storks.
Po- Delta is registered as a UNESCO reserve and provides shelter for over 150 species of birds and interesting water and marshland plant varieties; another generic feature of the park is the mesmerizing views of the lagoon, presenting a landscape unlike to any across the Italian soil. At the south sits Mesola forest, where the Po’s spring sweeps down from its rocky hills, is home to Sand Dune Dear, perfumed with the aroma of oak trees and holly oaks.
The forest is situated below sea levels, hence occasional mini lakes or swaps are formed throughout the copse. Reserve’s other attractions are Lago Delle Nazioni or the Nation’s lake, the ancient village of Volano at Lido di Volano, Pomposa Abbey, the medieval rest stop of Rome’s pilgrims.
The time-respected capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna, is characterized as lively, historic and intellectual. Piazza Maggiore marks the historic core of this multidimensional metropolitan- edged with restaurants, local cafes, castles, museums, and art exhibitions, together with the hearty focal points of the metropolitan for the locals and students to meet up.
Bologna’s tallest structures are respectively Asinelli and Garisenda leaning towers, symbolizing the country’s oldest slanting towers, even before the Pisan famous similitude. Notable intellectual representation of Bologna’s former society is reflected in its castles and churches constructed and decorated by many renowned artists, and in Bologna’s ancient University that has been serving the academic cause unceasingly up to present.
Neptunes’ fountain, gothic churches, the cathedral, flawless art collections in museums, palaces, and many art galleries that inspire praise in each viewer. The town is rewarded with the title of country’s capital of gastronomy- Bolognese mouthwatering cuisine.
The ancient glorified city of Rimini is renowned for its cultural legacies, sandy beaches, lively nightlife and alternative clubs. Once presenting a prosperous roman colony as ancient as 2200 years, Rimini’s monumental vestiges are Arch of Augustus, antique bridge of Ponte di Tiberio lying across Marecchia River with its semicircular arches, Domus del Chirurgo archeological site, also nicknamed as the surgeon’s house and a roman amphitheater.
Tempio Malatestiano poses as Remini’s Cathedral dedicated to St. Francis and parades remarkable Renaissance architecture and a masterpiece by Leon Battista Alberti. The metropolis’s other mentionable highlights are the historic Cavour Square, Tre Martiri Piazza with the statue of Julius Caesar, Renaissance church of San Giuliano, and medieval castle of Sismondo with exhibitions of artifacts belonging to titleholder families and an adjacent market.
Regarded as a popular family destination, Rimini presents over 1000 hotel accommodations, delicious cuisine and several amusement parks including Fiabilandia, Italia in Miniatura, Beach village, Boa Bay, Aviation Museum and fun and high viewpoint of Adriatic sea and the urban sprawling from above the Ferris Wheel–with an extra dose of height thrill followed by an adrenaline rush.
The university city of Parma brings about arrays of art, museum, architecture, phenomenal landscape, and delicious foodie’s treats like parmesan cheese and prosciutto ham. The intellectual growth of Parma is intertwined within its essence; home to one of the world’s oldest universities, sophisticated architecture, and many luminaries among which the poet Attilio Bertolucci, Architect, and sculptor Benedetto Antelami and Francesco Mazzola are known as il Parmigianino, the renowned native painter.
When it comes to gastronomy, flavors of Parma’s cuisine pleases any appetite and is honored as the seat of the European Food Safety Board and UNESCO City of Gastronomy. At Galleria Nazionale, astounding expositions of masterpieces of local and Italian painters. Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, the pink baptistery and the exquisitely decorated cathedra is the artistic reflection of Parma’s faith.
Sprawling merrily along the Adriatic coast, Ravenna is an ancient township dating from 1 century BC. Sun-kissed sands and magnificent beach resorts are the ultimate entertainment offered at this municipality. Tourist’s experience of Ravenna’s exceptional cuisine and sea resorts are enhanced with entertaining amusement parks of Mirabeach, Auai Auai and Mirabilandia; although leisure is not all that Ravenna brings forth.
Monumental buildings, constructed in the purpose of faith and power, are appointed as UNESCO heritage sites in 8 unique spots in the city. Byzantine Basilica of San Vitale built in the 1st century, the resting place of the Roman princess at Galla Placidia, and vibrant mosaic work Neon Baptistery are examples of these monumental edifices.
The ancient defensive gate of Porta Adriana leads the way to the historic core, merged with local wine bars, namely Cavour shopping street, and a colorful impression of Dante’s face, represented in a Mural by the Brazilian artist, Cobra.
7. Republic of San Marino
Besides many wonders within the Italian soil, the Republic of San Marino is unique and independent of the rest; it is the world’s first republic and a historic refuge for those who fled the harm of vile battles during the unification of the country.
After a passport stamp at Contrada Omagnano, visitors can enter beyond the defensive walls, cross the stone-paved passages and reach to the three ancient castles- a short walk through a historic complex that shapes the republic’s nation. San Marino’s castles are the witness and evidence of the past undertakings, represented within the medieval architecture and artifacts.
The castles are mostly renowned for their jaw-dropping perspective over the surrounding valleys atop San Marino’s sheer cliffs. Through the narrow streets, visitors can find restaurants, souvenir shops, accommodation, and transport to nearby destinations.
Faith-oriented town of Bobbio is packed with middle age vestiges, antique monasteries, and abbeys. Under the ageless citified facade, lies the hunched back bridge of Ponte Gobbo across Trebbia river, and the city’s natal structure, Bobbio Abbey. The monastery was erected in the early 7th century by an Irish monk and the faithful followers settled at the side of the abbey, setting the foundation for Bobbio’s inhabitation.
Renaissance basilica of San Colombano was built through the 15th -16th century, dedicated to the abbey’s founder Monk and spruced up with a Latin cross, Bernardino Lanzani frescoes, Sarcophagus of St. Columbus and few other holy men. The Abbey’s museum parades collections of roman tombs and altars, Lombard artifacts, and art exhibitions.
9. SalsoMaggiore Terme
At the foothills of Apennine ranges is the popular spa town of Salsomaggiore Terme. The extremely saline waters of the hot springs are promoted for treating joint and muscle alignments and sustaining general health and wellbeing. The monumental architecture of Terme Berzieri is a delightful and sumptuous spa with therapeutic massages and temperature controlled hot spring baths; providing a luxurious thermal bath experience.
On the cultural flank, the city exhibits the monumental staircase of Scalinata Berardinelli, Sculptures of la Nostalgia and the metal cage of La Gabbia del Pozzo Scotti as the historical landmarks. Titled as one of the reputable viticultural ethnicities in the country, Cantina il Poggio is sited at the countryside and graced with large vineyards and quality wineries proposing wine tasting tours for the visitors of Emilia-Romagna region.
Enlisted among the top most beautiful hamlets in Italy, the scenic village of Montegridolfo rests between the lush valleys of Conca and Foglia. Throughout history, this Comune has been ruled by various governments including Malatesta lineage, in consequence facing various military disputes over time. The overall rectangular outline of the village, reinforced towers, defensive walls, and masterfully designed castle for the art of war.
Museum of Linea dei Goti di Montegridolfo exhibits the relics belonging to the past rulers and war artifacts of the borough’s rich heritage. The bordering hills are covered with Bay laurel trees, olive gardens and vineyards, creating a scent, particular to the locale, and maintaining hiking paths and under-the-sky activities.
This 13th-century town has an aged culture of wine, housing many wineries; allowing the pleasure of sipping the authentic Parma wine, aperitifs, and the regional delicacies.
At the north of Parma, town and Comune of Busseto is detected on the charismatic lowlands of the Emilia-Romagna region. The conurbation’s most glimmering quality is wearing the name of the 19th-century opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Although, he was not a born native; he chose this iconic township to inspire his creations and live through the fruitful years of his life until his very last breath.
Branded as a popular destination for music and opera enthusiast, visitors can peek into the life of the esteemed composer by visiting his personal quarters; At Casa Barezzi, collections of Verdi’s written music pieces, letters, handwritings, and personal object are displayed. House of Barezzi was originally owned by Antonio Barezzi, father of Verdi. Magnificent Villa Verdi, Teatro di Giuseppe Verdi and lastly, Palazzo Orlandi are the other illustrious premises owned by the celebrated artist.
Church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, or St. Mary of the angels, is a magnificent gothic church, adorned with the 15th-century sculptures and terracotta figures including the renowned “Mourning over the Dead Christ by Guido Mazzoni”.
12. Torrechiara Castle and Langhirano
At the southern slopes of Parma Valley, Langhirano is the spring source of Parma wines, famously cured ham, Parmesan cheese, porcini and truffle mushrooms- along with a wide range of flavors and dishes. From Langhirano to Taro valley, the whole stretch marks the ancient route to Apennine mountains and northern regions. The strategic path has been a trail of commercial and military significance, medieval strongholds and castles are in numbers, in particular Torrechiara Castle.
Translating to the clear tower, Torrechiara rises on the steep cliffs of Parma valley. It was constructed in the 15th century with a unique and fortified structure with hidden escape passages that were linked to the adjacent ramparts. Castle’s facade is adorned with spectacular Lombard terracotta decorations. On the inside, Oratory of San Nicomede, 16th-century frescos, an ancient imperial kitchen, and its aristocratic Sala and chambers, including the famous Golden Chamber.
13. Appennino Tosco- Emiliano National Park
Within the unspoiled highlands of the Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna region, Tosco- Emiliano national park is highly rich in biodiversity. The biosphere reserve is lined with hiking paths, ski runs, and beach forests.
From cultural ethnicity, natural attractions, leisure, outdoor sports, delicious gastronomy, and historic heritage, this nature reserve combines it all; while marking the ancient and natural stronghold of the two powerful kingdoms. Villages sheltered within the borders of the park, exhibiting the regional ancient ethnicity, fortresses, castles, and other monumental structures.
14. Lido di Spina and Misano Adriatico
Lido di Spina is one of the popular seven lidos within the municipality of Rimini. Sheathed in the coastal pinewoods, Lido di Spina offers fabulous beach resorts, alternative bars and nightclubs with the urban vista of congenial coastal villas-built mostly by Italian and foreign world-famous architects. Contemporary art Museum of Remo Brindisi at the lido, with a collective spectrum of masterpieces by renowned Italian painters, sculptors, and architects.
Misano Adriatico is a coastal Comune located in the Emilia-Romagna region. Riviera Romagnola of Misano is well-known for its beaches, including the leisurely Calypso beach and Portovenere beach- and bordered with bars, restaurants, and clubs both for water sports and entertainment.
Misano World Circuit is a 20th-century car racing track constructed in Frazione of Santa Monica-Cella and stands as a unique attraction throughout the region.
15. Oltramare Marine Park and Italia in Miniatura
Atop the coastal hills in the vicinity of Riccione, Oltramare Marine Park is fun for young and old alike. The park is themed with nature and knowledge of an underwater world. Various projects display the ways and ideas to conserve and respect the marine life, preserving the balance of eco-friendly tutelage with wondrous and entertaining facts of the water kingdom.
Complete set of Po-Delta regions animal species such as alligator and sea horse, farm animals, and a dolphin lagoon are the major highlights of the park. Oltramare comes with junior and toddler beaches, water slides, a rapid river and varieties of eateries, and even bars for grown-up drinks.