Emilia-Romagna is an administrative region of northern Italy that extends inland westward from the Adriatic coast. It occupies an area of 22,446 square kilometres and comprises of the historical regions of Emilia and Romagna. Emilia-Romagna is one of the wealthiest, as well as one of the most developed, regions in Europe. It is divided into nine provinces: Bologna, Ferrara, Forli-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia, and Rimini. The capital of the Province of Bologna, also called Bologna, is also the capital of the region.
What to see & do
Two Towers of Bologna - The Two Towers of Bologna were initially a large group of medieval structures in Bologna. Between the 12th and the 13th centuries, there were about 180 towers in the city, all of which were erected for an unknown purpose. Some believed that they were erected by the richest families during the period of the Investiture Controversy for offensive or defensive purposes. During the 13th century, several of the towers collapsed on its own while the others were taken down or demolished. Today there are less than 20 still standing. The most prominent are the Two Towers: the Asinelli Tower (97 metres) and the Garisenda Tower (48 metres).
Galleria nazionale di Parma - Galleria nazionale di Parma is the art gallery of Parma that showcases works by Beato Angelico, Canaletto, Correggio, Guercino, Leonardo da Vinci, and other renowned Italian artists. The collections were established by the Farnese family during the Renaissance Times. Some of the most notable works include Suzanna and The Elders by Guercino, Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Saints by Annibale Carracci, and Martyrdom of Four Saints by Antonio da Correggio.
Archiginnasio of Bologna - The Archiginnasio of Bologna is one of the most significant buildings in Bologna. Formerly the main building of the University of Bologna, the building now houses the Archiginnasio Municipal Library. In the upper level is the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio.
How to get around Emilia-Romagna
The larger cities in Emilia-Romagna, such as in Bologna, Parma, and Forlì, have bus lines that also serve the countryside. Much of the region is easily accessible from all the major roads in Italy, thanks to its geographic location. If you intend to only go around Bologna, you will only need the Mi Muovo citypiù ticket or Mi Muovo citypiù mese. Anyone who wishes to be able to have access to all the buses in Emilia-Romagna can use the more convenient “Mi Muovo Multibus”. The official Emilia-Romagna tourism website has a useful Google Transit service which can help you calculate the most convenient route for your trip. It shows information regarding various types of transportation available and the schedules and stops.
How to get there
The international airports in Emilia Romagna are located in Rimini, Bologna, and Parma. Other airports nearby are outside Milan and Ancona. Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport is located six kilometres northwest of Bologna's town centre and receives regular flights from all over Europe. The airlines that provide the most connections are easyJet, Meridiana, Ryanair, and Wizz Air. Parma Airport, located 2.4 kilometres northwest of Parma, is served by Ryanair. There are flights to Parma Airport from London Stansted Airport, Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani–Birgi, and Cagliari Elmas Airport, provided by Ryanair.