Land of great writers, musicians and artists, art and culture of Emilia Romagna have had several illustrious moments.
Like the rest of central Italy, Emilia Romagna also enjoyed great prestige during the period of Humanism and the Renaissance. This period is linked to the personality of Ludovico Ariosto, the famous Italian literary author of Orlando Furioso, but also that of artists such as Parmigianino and Correggio.
The University of Bologna, around which great poets and writers such as Giosuè Carducci and Giovanni Pascoli have orbited, has had great weight in the development of the culture of the region and of all of Italy. Giovanni Pascoli was born and raised in the territory of Emilia Romagna, to which he has always been very attached and whose landscapes are an ideal setting for a large part of his poetic composition.
The Emilia-Romagna cuisine is considered among the best in Italy so food and flavors of Emilia Romagna are famous throughout Italy and have often spread over national borders.
First courses are absolutely worth mentioning: Lasagne, Tortelli, Tortellini, cappelletti and tagliatelle are just some of the famous pasta shapes produced in the area and absolute protagonists of traditional recipes, among which the Bolognese ragout stands out.
Emilia Romagna is also famous for the production of cheeses and cold cuts, in particular Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto and mortadella are inevitably associated with this territory.
Special mention should be made of piadina romagnola, a street food typical of the Emilia Romagna region.
Discovering places and tours in Emilia Romagna is a very rich experience. Everywhere in the area you can come across spectacular monuments, evidence of the ancient glories of the history of Emilia Romagna: this is the case of the Castello Estense in Ferrara, of unique beauty, or the Torre degli Asinelli, symbol of the city of Bologna.
And for those tourists who love nature, the territory offers a myriad of regional and national parks: the Stirone e Piacenzano Regional Park, established in 2011 by the union of the Stirone Regional Park and the Piacenziano Geological Nature Reserve, or the Po Delta Regional Park.
Finally, the coast of Romagna, with its wide sandy beaches has been always suitable for seaside tourism, which is why it has become over the years a popular summer destination for both beaches and the great nightlife.
The history of Emilia Romagna is that of the two historical regions that compose it. Both, many years ago, saw settlements of Etruscans and Celts but one, Emilia, saw first the development of Ducati, and then move on to a system of municipalities, among which the most important was that of Bologna where, in 1088, was founded the oldest university in Europe. In some cases it was passed from the municipality to the seigniory, as in the case of Ferrara, which experienced a golden age under the rule of the Este family. Later, the area of Emilia went, along with other territories, to form the Cispadana Republic and, therefore, the Cisalpine Republic. Romagna, differently, has belonged for a long time to the territories in possession of the Papal State.