Still off the beaten track, Emilia-Romagna is just waiting to be discovered. This region of Northern Italy, one of the richest in Europe, is full of many interesting and varied sites. Its artistic heritage reflects the richness and complexity of its history, marked by the presence of the Goths, Byzantium and Romans. To realize this, you first have to go to Bologna, the heart of Emilia-Romagna. An obligatory stopover for any discovery of the region, this fascinating city is the seat of the oldest university in the world and charms visitors with its magnificent medieval centre and its kilometres of arcades, its pleasant and dynamic living environment, its student atmosphere and a gastronomy known to be one of the best in Italy (if you appreciate cheese and charcuterie in particular!). Emilia-Romagna also hides many other treasures such as many small medieval-looking villages, Ferrara, jewel of the Renaissance, Ravenna with its incredible Byzantine sites, elegant Parma, where the famous Parma ham and Parmesan cheese are produced in the surrounding area. Situated between the course of the River Po to the north, the Apennine mountains to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east, Emilia-Romagna offers travellers a multitude of varied landscapes. Lovers of the sea, sun and fun will choose the riviera romagnola, with its long sandy beaches, calm sea and movida until dawn. But if you move to the Apennines, the landscape, culture and traditions change. It is here that nature and hiking enthusiasts will find their happiness by discovering wonderful landscapes made of waterfalls, lakes, forests and rivers where to refresh themselves in summer. In winter, it is possible to go there to ski. Finally, the plain of the Po River and, in particular, its marshy delta offers a bewitching, motionless and silent natural setting to be discovered on foot, by bike or by boat. We will not forget the other great richness of the region: its gastronomy! Deeply rooted in the local peasant tradition, Emilia-Romagna's cuisine includes specialities that have become world-famous, such as tortellini, tagliatelle, lasagne, mortadella, parmesan cheese, hams and balsamic vinegar. And finally, this gentle way of life which is a true art in Emilia-Romagna will seduce you with its endless aperitifs, its coffee sipped on the terrace and its tasty cuisine in the trattoria.
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