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10 places in Emilia-Romagna you should visit!

Emilia-Romagna is among the regions with the greatest tourist flow, both nationally and internationally. This is thanks to the numerous traditional villages, the beautiful art-cities and the Riviera Romagnola (which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, especially in summer).

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10 places in Emilia-Romagna you should visit!

Emilia-Romagna is among the regions with the greatest tourist flow, both nationally and internationally. This is thanks to the numerous traditional villages, the beautiful art-cities and the Riviera Romagnola (which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, especially in summer). After all, what are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

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The quantity and quality of tourist services provided by accommodation structures throughout the Riviera is visible, making it possible to satisfy the requirements of any tourist, from young people to families with children. Also magnificent are the art cities, all with an enormous artistic and architectural heritage such as Bologna, Ravenna and Ferrara – not forgetting the other provincial capitals such as parma, Modena and Piacenza.


1) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? BOLOGNA

I think it is mandatory to start with the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, that is, Bologna, “the Erudite”. Located on the Padana Plain, close to the Apennine Mountains, Bologna is an ancient city, capable of providing tourists with a true immersion in history – so much so that one of its nicknames is “the Erudite”. This is thanks to its University, which is one of the oldest in the world. Where to stay in Bologna?

What to see in Bologna?

The most characteristic part of Bologna is the historic center, where the city’s most interesting monuments are located, such as the beautiful Fountain of Neptune (located in the square with the same name) and the King Enzio Palace (built in 1200). Walking a little further, we see Grande Square, where the Basilica of St Petronius, patron saint of the city, rules. From Grande Square, we go a little further to see the city’s famous towers, both hanging, better known as the Garisenda Tower (cited by Dante in “Divine Comedy”) and the Asinelli Tower.

According to historical facts, the two towers would have been built by the respective families from which they take their name. To admire the view of the city, it is possible to climb the 498 steps of the Torre Asinelli and the view from above is the reward for so much fatigue. Bologna is also known as “the city of porticoes”, due to its thirty-eight kilometers of coverage spread throughout the historic centre. TIPS ON BOLOGNA?

Bologna

2) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? PARMA

One of the unmissable stops for tourists is Parma, a beautiful city in Emilia-Romagna, it is so small that it can be explored and seen in just one day. At the entrance to the city, a giant panel welcomes the “city of music”, but Parma goes far beyond that. TIPS ON PARMA

What to see in Parma?

As an example, the Cathedral, a beautiful building in Romanesque style, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, has its entire dome decorated with frescoes by Correggio. Also in Domo Square are the Episcopal Palace and the Baptistery (another beautiful monument of Romanesque architecture that is very special, as it was built in pink marble from Verona). When passing through Parma, you cannot fail to pay homage to lyrical music, with the Regio Theater (musical symbol of the city) and the monument dedicated to the opera composer Giuseppe Verdi (made in marble and granite).

Parma

3) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? PIACENZA

Piacenza is one of the historic cities of Emilia-Romagna. After undergoing a long and troubled history, Piacenza is home to many monuments and architectural projects worthy of recognition. Around the city, small typical medieval villages emerge (even better preserved).

What to see in Piacenza?

Piacenza is considered the gateway to Emilia, but it also belongs to Lombardy. Despite not crossing it, the Po River passes through the city. In Piacenza, everything is always at hand, you have to get to know the center slowly. There are palaces, museums and shops there. Square of the Horses (often known as Grande Square) is the “living room” of the city. Its attractions? The ones you can’t miss: the Gothic Palace, the Governor’s Palace, the Church of St Francis and the equestrian statues of the Farnese (lords of Parma and Piacenza in the 16th century) and last but not least: the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace.

Piacenza

4) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? MODENA

Modena, renowned for its high visibility, music and good cuisine, is a charming little town in Emilia Romagna, full of monuments to discover and visit.

What to see in Modena?

The city center is the Duomo Square, a huge square where the Cathedral (from the 11th century) and the Bell Tower (known as the Ghirlandina) are located – monuments for which the inhabitants themselves have a great affection. Continuing along the main avenue of the city, we will find the church of St. Augustine, which has a very important role in the art of Modena. We can also admire the Palace of Museums, which houses the Estense Gallery and the Estense Library, the city’s cultural pride, with many valuable works. TIPS ON MODENA?

Modena

5) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? MARANELLO

Another detail that cannot be overlooked is that Emilia-Romagna is the land of engines, which is why it is called “Motor Valley”. Therefore, it is inevitable that we will pay a visit to Ferrari’s home in Maranello. It is a charming place, full of history as well as modernity.

What to see in Maranello?

You can visit it without getting around too much. In the center of Maranello, it is possible to admire the Mosaic of Freedom Square, made in 2000, with a replica of the municipality’s coat of arms. Still in the city center, we can see the Monument dedicated to Enzo Ferrari, produced by the sculptor Marino Quartieri. If we go to the Wind Gallery (where they test the cars on a moving carpet, synchronized with the speed of the wind), we can also see the Prancing Horse Monument (which represents the Ferrari symbol), whose sculpture is made in bronze. TIPS ON MARANELLO?

Museo Ferrari

6) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? FERRARA

We continue in Romagna to visit the splendid municipality of Ferrara, full of masterpieces from the Byzantine and Renaissance eras. Ferrara is a beautiful art-city to visit at least once in a lifetime, as it is one of the most important in the Italian Renaissance. A small town where life goes by slowly, and so in tranquility it will be possible to see the countless interesting monuments that, even with the passage of time, continue to fascinate tourists for their style and grandeur.

What to see in Ferrara?

Walking through the streets of the historic center, we find true wonders at every corner, such as the Public Palace (former residence of the Este family, with a typical medieval architecture façade) and the Estense Castle (a symbol monument of the municipality of Ferrara). Also not to be missed are the Cathedral of St George, the Castle of St Michael, the Schifanoia Palace and the entire historic center. Much of the merit of the cultural role in Renaissance Italy is due to the constant patronage of the powerful Este family. Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini, Andrea Mantegna, among others, worked for them. TIPS ON FERRARA?

Castle in Ferrara

7) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? RAVENNA

Considered one of the most interesting art cities in Italy, but many do not know the treasures hidden in this beautiful pearl of Emilia-Romagna. Ravenna has eight monuments recognized by UNESCO as “World Heritage” and is “the city of mosaics”. The masterpieces of this city are an example of the greatness acquired in the course of its long history, which was once the capital three times.

What to see in Ravenna?

Among the most important buildings is the 6th-century Basilica of San Vital, with an octagonal external structure with marvelous mosaics. However, the church that preserves the largest collection of musical art in the world is the New Basilica of St Apollinaris, built by Teodorico, with fabulous works in Roman style. There is also the Tomb of Dante, who died there after being exiled from Florence. TIPS ON RAVENNA

Ravenna

8) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? FAENZA

Among the smaller cities, worthy of recognition, is Faenza – the land of pottery. It is a small art-city with two wonderful squares and historical places that span from the Renaissance to the 18th century.

It is a beautiful place, with ancient roots, located in a strategic point between the Apennine Mountains. Since we are in Emilia-Romagna, it is worth visiting.

What to see in Faenza?

Now let’s go to the heart of Romagna – or rather, to both hearts – because Faenza has two large squares: People’s Square and Freedom Square.

The People’s Square is the most important and indicative point of the city, thanks to the presence of medieval buildings, such as the Podestà Palace and the Manfredi Palace.

In Freedom Square, there is the Cathedral, characterized by an unfinished but very inspiring façade, with a theatrical staircase. The last stop on our route is the Masini Theater, one of the most representative examples of neoclassical architecture in Italy.

Faenza

9) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? RIMINI

So let’s talk about two landmark cities of the Riviera Romagnola: Rimini and Riccione.

Rimini is one of the favorite destinations for Italians to spend the summer, as it has a rich hotel structure, beach service, sports facilities and much more.

In fact, Rimini is also rich in history, art and culture; the city is a crucial part of the Riviera Romagnola and full of places of great cultural interest. RIMINI TIPS

What to see in Rimini?

Rimini has many old churches and splendid architectural projects, among them the Malatestian Temple and the Church of St. Augustine cannot be missed. There are also a huge number of theme parks, for all tastes, such as: Italia in Miniatura (a park that allows you to visit the entire peninsula on a small scale), Fiabilandia (a park designed and built for children, where fairy tales come to life and take the little ones to an enchanted world), the Dolphin Aquarium, among others. Furthermore, Rimini is famous for its numerous clubs, which are the stage of nightlife, with many events, soirees and parties.

Rimini

10) What are the ten places in Emilia-Romagna that I should visit? RICCIONE

Riccione represents one of the best-known places on the Adriatic Coast, mainly for the offer of bars and events that have made the city the capital of entertainment.

What to see in Riccione?

Riccione is also known for its thermal spas, with four springs of sulphurous waters. The shopping and elite street is Viale Maria Ceccarini; following the beach avenue, we find the most elegant hotels, several nightclubs and the thermal spas. Another very interesting thing to visit is the Territory Museum, with a geological-naturalist and an archeological wing. Riccione has a bit of history, so you can’t miss a walk on the hill to admire this castle from the year 1260, called “White Tomb”, where the owners of the time (Florent lords here in exile) maintained relations with the Malatesta family. Now, the castle is home to the Territory Museum, which hosts exhibitions throughout the year.

Riccione

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Conclusion

What about Emilia-Romagna? We can write a book for the beauty of this region of central-southern Italy. These ten cities in Emilia-Romagna are the best destinations for the novice and curious tourist. All you have to do is choose between art shows, shows and gastronomic events.

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