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An eBook to highlight the jewels and the wonderful art located in Emilia Romagna, Italy The authors of “The Art Cities of Emilia Romagna” are travel bloggers who come from all corners of the globe. Each one took part in the “Blogville Emilia Romagna”, project, and this eBook is a collection of their travel stories, tips and advice. Written for travellers by travellers to help you get the most out of your trip to the Art Cities of Emilia Romagna.

Graziano Prantoni, President of “Product Grouping Cities of Art, Culture and Business of Emilia Romagna” says: “We made this free e-Book because we wanted to create a fresh and new guide for everyone who wants to experience our cities. We use the word “experience” because this is what every blogger wrote about in the different stories their own experiences. In addition to presenting the cities as traditional guide book does, the authors also showcase their own personal experiences – like connecting with locals and finding delicious restaurants and artisan shops – they had while visiting the region. Inside this ebook, you’ll find a plethora of great hints and travel tips that are perfect for anyone who wants to visit and experience Emilia Romagna like a local”.

The e-book will follow the ancient Roman road Via Emilia, the “artery” of Emilia Romagna, giving readers an insiders look at all these Emilia Romagna art cities have to offer when it comes to culture, history, motorsports, and wine and food. Starting in northern Emilia Romagna at Piacenza and the Po River, will take you through the region until your final stop at Rimini on the Adriatic Sea. One thing to remember along your journey through this rich cultural region is that the best sights and must-do activities included in this e-book are not only from the art cities but also in the surrounding areas.

Prantoni says: “In Parma, you will discover the home of Giuseppe Verdi, Parma Ham and Parmigiano Reggiano, a popular Italian cheese known throughout the world. In the area of Reggio Emilia, the third city that you will encounter on the road in this guide, you will find the home of the Italian Tricolour flag and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. The e-book then takes you to Modena, which is home to famous car producer Ferrari and the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. The city is also known for the UNESCO World Heritage Ghirlandina Tower, Dome and Piazza Grande. Before entering Bologna you will have a stop at the Lamborghini and Ducati Motors factories, located in the heart of the Italian Motor Valley. Bologna is also the heart of the Via Emilia and one of Emilia Romagna’s best art cities. It’s famous for its leaning towers, it’s 40 km long Porticoes, musical heritage and traditional Italian pasta dishes, such as tagliatelle with ragu and tortellini in broth. Heading to the Adriatic Sea you will stop in Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features rich Renaissance architecture”.

Arriving on the coast, another UNESCO World Heritage Site of the region awaits you: Ravenna and its magnificent and magical mosaics. The next stop on the Via Emilia road is Faenza, known for the production of the top quality “faience” ceramics. Just a few kilometres away heading south on the Via Emilia lie the cities of Forli and Cesena, rich in art and culture. This is an important wine production area and Cesena also hosts one of the oldest libraries of the world, the Biblioteca Malatestiana. The last stop on this trip through the art cities of Emilia Romagna is Rimini, which is known for its ancient Roman centre and a 2,000 year old Roman bridge that is still used today. It is also in Rimini where the gateway to the ancient Roman roads Via Emilia and Via Flaminia starts at the Augustus Arch.

I hope you enjoy not only reading the eBook but also the journey through the different cities that make Emilia Romagna a region unlike any other in Italy. I hope to see you soon strolling through our Art Cities of Emilia Romagna “ (Graziano Prantoni).

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