Top 10 Sensory Experiences in Emilia Romagna
Emilia-Romagna is a diverse and exciting territory with some of Italy's best sights, attractions and activities. There are so many reasons to visit Emilia-Romagna: with so much to do, it is hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit, but below you will find our top ten highlights to immerse yourself in a territory full of art, food, architecture and motors.
1. Piacenza, Veleia’s archaeological remains
Situated in the province of Piacenza and located 460 metres above sea level, the ancient Veleia Romana is often regarded to be the Northern Pompeii because of its outstanding finds dating back to the period when the city was a Roman municipium and of the important administrative role it played across the area including Piacenza, Parma, Libarna and Lucca. Veleia, whose name derives from that of the Veleates or Veliates Ligurian people, is easily accessible from Piacenza and the surrounding resorts.
Address: Strada Provinciale 14, località Veleia Romana, Lugagnano Val d'Arda (PC).
2. Parma, Farnese Theatre
This is a Baroque-style theatre in Parma. It was built in 1618 by Giovanni Battista Aleotti. The theatre was almost destroyed by an allied air raid during World War II (1944). It was rebuilt and reopened in 1962. Some claim this as the first permanent proscenium theatre (that is, a theatre in which the audience views the action through a single frame, which is known as the "proscenium arch").
Address: Piazzale della Pilotta 15, 43121 Parma.
3. Reggio Emilia, Home of the Italian tricolour flag
The Italian flag was created in Reggio Emilia on January 7, 1797.
A visit to the Tricolor Room and the annex Tricolore Museum is absolutely necessary for discovering the true spirit of the city, a rebellious side that fought to rid itself of ancient servitude and to gain control of its future, a future of freedom and equality.
Address: Piazza Camillo Prampolini 1, 42121 Reggio Emilia.
4. Modena, Enzo Ferrari Museum
The space dedicated to Enzo Ferrari; rather than a museum in the traditional sense of the word, it is a fascinating, exciting event that manages to combine truly unique elements. In the futuristic 2,500m pillar-free hall, visitors can get close and personal with the many cars exhibited, but also experience a show that through an immersive biopic screen using 19 projectors, tells Enzo Ferrari’s incredible life story that spans 90 years. It will take you through his various incarnations, from the child who discovered racing at the beginning of 1900 to the pilot, to the manager of Scuderia Ferrari as well as the manufacturer with so many triumphs to his name.
Address: Via Paolo Ferrari 85, 41121 Modena.
5. Bologna, Asinelli tower
The two towers Garisenda and Asinelli are the traditional symbol of Bologna, strategically standing where the old Aemilian way entered the town. The Asinelli Tower was built between 1109 and 1119 by the Asinelli family, and in the following century it was acquired by the Municipality of Bologna. Surprisingly, it is the tallest tower in Italy; 97.20 metres high with a drop of 2.23 metres and an inner staircase of 498 steps completed in 1684. Climbing all of them is a hard experience but the view on the top is really amazing!
Address: Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, 40126 Bologna.
6. Ferrara, “Al Brindisi”
This is the most ancient tavern in the world, as certified by Guinness, it was opened in the year 1100 for the workmen who built the cathedral. Known as the Hostaria del Chiuchiolino (from “chiù”, meaning drunk), its patrons included Cellini, Titian and Torquato Tasso. Ariosto mentions it in his comedy La Lena and Copernicus, who graduated from the University of Ferrara and lived in the little rooms on the first floor. During the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Polish astronomer’s birth, the future Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Wyszynski, the primate of Poland, stopped by at the Osteria. It is now run by the second generation of owners.
Address: Via Guglielmo degli Adelardi 11, 44121 Ferrara.
7. Ravenna, Sant’Apollinare Basilica
The Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe is an important monument of Byzantine art near Ravenna. When the UNESCO inscribed eight Ravenna sites on the World Heritage List, it cited this basilica as "an outstanding example of the early Christian basilica in its purity and simplicity of its design and use of space and in the sumptuous nature of its decoration".
Address: Via Romea Sud 224, 48124 Classe (RA).
8. Forlì, Pellegrino Artusi’s festival
The nearby village of Forlimpopoli, hometown of Pellegrino Artusi, the father of Italian cooking literature, hosts a festival devoted to domestic food culture. It includes a documentation center dedicated to Italian gastronomy.
Address: Via Andrea Costa 27, 47034 Forlimpopoli (FC).
9. Cesena, Malatestiana library
Also known as the Malatesta Novello Library, this is a public library in Cesena. It was the first European civic library open to the public. The library has over 400,000 books, including over 340 codexes covering various fields such as religion, Greek and Latin classics, sciences and medicine, and 3200 16th century manuscripts. The oldest manuscript in the library is a copy of Isidore's Etymologiae.
Address: Piazza Maurizio Bufalini 1, 47521 Cesena (FC).
10. Rimini, Borgo San Giuliano. Federico Fellini’s home city.
Rimini’s Borgo San Giuliano, just across the Tiberio Bridge, is a charming neighbourhood of small cobbled streets. It is, perhaps, the trendiest neighbourhood of the city thanks to the murals that you will see dotted around the neighbourhood. The beautiful and surreal artwork are all around painted on streets walls and could be confronted by a montage of scenes from Fellini’s films. The murals are directly connected to the Festa del Borgo: the first one being painted back in 1980. The initial tradition was for murals to be painted along with the chosen theme for the Festa, which changes every two years. This culminated in 1994 when the festival was dedicated to Federico Fellini who had a special affection for the Borgo.
Address: Via San Giuliano, 47900 Rimini.