Emilia-Romagna is one of the most fertile and productive areas in Italy located between the River Po and the Apennine Mountains with an Adriatic coastline.
The whole region is very reassuringly Italian, as you used to see it in those lovely old films, it will certainly put a smile on your face. Beautiful scenery, a rich history and an unrivalled food culture plus wonderful local wines all combine for a very special Italian holiday. If you stay in a self catering holiday villa you can enjoy cooking the local produce or enjoy visiting restaurants taking real pride in what they serve and delighted to recommend the ‘speciality of the house’. The contrast between the mountains and the sea makes for breath taking views, wonderful baroque aromas, earthy colours and fresh salty sea air; it’s not surprising it’s a real centre for art and culture. For those who love the sun, sea and sand head for the Romagne Riviera with the longest beach in Europe as well as lively entertainment and activities. Riccione and Cattolica are popular destinations on the coast and boast a mix of relaxation and fun. For the culture buffs Ravenna is a must and on the UNESCO World Heritage list with 8 monuments, it is known as the city of mosaics reflecting the town’s wealth over its long history.
The regions capital is Bologna which is home to the tallest leaning tower in Itlay and the Basilica di San Petronio, one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. The city dates back to 1000 BC and is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, it is also known as the gastronomical capital of the country. Climb the 498 steps to the top of the Asinelli tower for wonderful panoramic views.
Motor sport enthusiasts can go to the Ferrari Museum in the province of Modena to see some of the most prestigious cars the world has ever produced along with trophies and photographs. Not far away is historic Imola which holds world championship motor sports events in the autodrome.
For those who love nature there are 2 national parks, 14 regional parks and 11 regional reserves to go out and explore on foot, in kayaks, on bikes or on horseback, following the network of marked trails. The beautiful Apennine Mountains have wonderful walks and vantage points with the lush green landscapes reaching out to the mountains of Tuscany.
This region has it all without the crowds as well as fairs and festivals to take your pick from going on throughout the year; you will have an unforgettable holiday!
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