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Emilia-Romagna Map and Travel Essentials

Learn all about the fascinating region of Emilia-Romagna

The Emilia-Romagna region is found between the Po river and the Appennino chain of mountains that forms Italy's backbone. The string of major cities in a northwest to southeast trending line you see on our Emilia Romagna map is in the flat Po Valley, linked by the A1 Autostrada and a railway line that starts in Milano and continues down the coast to Ancona.

The population of Emilia-Romagna is about 4 million. Emilia-Romagna borders the Veneto and Lombardia regions to the north, Piedmont and Liguria on the west, Tuscany directly south, and the Marche and independent state San Marino on the southeast.

Emilia Romagna Map

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Map of the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy © by James Martin, Europe for Visitors

The Map of Emilia-Romagna shows the most interesting cities for the tourist to visit.

Airports in the Emilia-Romagna

There are two airports in Emilia-Romagna, at Bologna (Aeroporto G. Marconi di Bologna) and at Rimini (Federico Felini International Airport).

Emilia-Romagna Cuisine

The regional cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna is considered to be the best in Italy. Wonderful ingredients come from the region, including Parma ham called Prosciutto Parmigiana and the famous Parma cheese called Parmigiano Reggiano. Modena produces the famous Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. Production centers for these fine examples of Emilia-Romagna foods can be visited, and you may wish to make plans to do so before you leave for your Italian vacation.


Bologna is the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna. Called the "red city" because of the use of red bricks in its architecture and for its politics, the city is one of the richest in Italy. The Emilia-Romagna is home to 8,000 co-ops, which produce more than 30% of the regions GDP. No matter what your politics, there's always something interesting going on in Bologna, from the giant medieval towers tilting precariously in the center of the city [picture] to the lively center at Piazza Maggiore. For more, see our Bologna Travel Essentials and Bologna Virtual Tour.

The Castles of Parma and Piacenza

Between the Po river and the Appennino mountain range south of Parma and Piacenza lie a series of wonderfully preserved castles that demand the traveler's attention. If you are touring the western Emilia-Romagna by car, this is a way to see the countryside and some pretty compelling human interaction with it. For more, see The Castles of Parma and Piacenza from Europe for Visitors.

Eastern Emilia-Romagna Suggested Itinerary

Eastern Emilia-Romagna has several historic cites, castles, ceramics and mosaics, beaches, and outstanding cuisine. Here's our suggested itinerary for enjoying a few days in the eastern Emilia Romagana, from Bologna to Rimini.

More Emilia-Romagna Cities

Parma is a culinary mecca with a fine central historical zone to visit. Parma Picture Gallery

Modena is lightly touristed, but has a wonderful medieval center built around its 12th century duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Modena Picture Gallery

Ferrara is a Renaissance gem with a castle, city walls, and a beautiful cathedral. Ferrara Travel Guide

Ravenna is famous for its mosaics. Once the western capital of the Roman Empire, Ravenna has stunning 5th-6th century mosaics and 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ravenna Travel Essentials | Ravenna Pictures

Rimini is a beach town with good nightlife, beaches, and seafood. Rimini Travel Guide

Brisighella has a good medieval center, a fortress, an unusual clock tower, great food, and thermal baths. Brisighella Travel Guide

For travel and tourism information on these and other cities in Emilia-Romagna, see our Emilia-Romagna Travel Directory.

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