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Emilia Romagna, Cradle of La Dolce Vita

The Italian region of Emilia Romagna nestles between the River Po to the north, the Apennine mountains to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. It saw the birth of the composer Giuseppe Verdi, the director Federico Fellini and the manufacturers Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini.

Bologna, a capital rich in history but so modern

Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, offers enthusiasts some 2,500 years of history, ranging from Etruscan civilization to recent times. Its 38 kilometers of arcades in the city center allow you to explore the city under cover in all weathers. To start this journey through time, you go to Piazza Maggiore which is the epicenter of what visitors must see in Bologna: the fountain of Neptune, the church of San Petronio and the Renaissance palaces. All the other must-see sites are nearby. The two leaning towers, symbols of the city; Piazza Santo Stefano and its early Christian basilica and the seven terracotta statues of the Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita. But Bologna is also living with the times. The collections of the MAMbo (Museum of Modern Art in Bologna) exhibit Italian art from the end of the Second World War to the present day. It was here that the first university in the Western world was founded in 1088 but as a "young" metropolis it welcomes students from all over Italy.

"Rimini: sea, azure sky, generous sun and the great Fellini."

Modena and its Roman treasures protected by UNESCO

Modena, located in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, is a true sanctuary of Romanesque art (12th century). The Piazza Grande, the Campanar Tower (known under the name of Ghirlandina, which, during the Renaissance, had a dual, religious and military function) and the cathedral (which supports the famous dome) have been listed, since 1997, as UNESCO world heritage sites. From the top of the tower, the view over the city is breathtaking. Modena enjoyed its heyday under the governorship of the House of Este, in power in the region between 1288 and 1796.

Rimini, pearl of the Romagna Riviera and birthplace of the great Fellini

To think of Rimini is to imagine generous sun, azure sea and sky. And, indeed, this pearl of the Adriatic offers beautiful beaches, many possibilities for seaside recreation as well as a rich history. The city of Ariminum was founded in 268 BC and is home to many Roman remains, including the Arch of Augustus, built in 27 BC, and the Bridge of Tiberius, over the Marecchia River. But Rimini also conceals sumptuous vestiges of the Renaissance. Thus, in the temple of Malatesta, the name given to the cathedral of the city, one can admire works of Piero della Francesca, Giotto or Vasari. Rimini is the birthplace of filmmaker Federico Fellini. The Maestro spent his youth there and is buried there. The city, which inspired Fellini to one of his masterpieces, Amarcord, plans to dedicate a museum to the director.

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