Art and culture in Emilia Romagna

Mosaics, writers and famous artists

Emilia Romagna is – Venetia, Sicily, Tuscany, Lombardy and Latium included – one of the regions in Italy that has a great number of world-renowned works of art to offer. Having been a short-term capital of the Roman Empire, Ravenna impresses with unique mosaics that not only reflect Byzantine influence, but remarkably illustrate the transition into the Middle Ages as well. Even in later epochs many famous artists such as Dante, Dalla, Bertolucci and Fellini lived here. The region’s cities and towns feature substantial evidence of various epochs and artists.

Grand mosaics in Ravenna

In Emilia Romagna the unique mosaics in Ravenna became particularly internationally renowned. After the division of the Roman Empire and the Goth threat the Roman emperor relocated Rome’s capital to Ravenna and had it extended into an imperial city. Ravenna was integrated into the Eastern Roman, Byzantine Empire in the 6th century, which boosted the city’s art and gave it new influences. The early Christian mosaic pictures in Ravenna are one-of-a-kind around the world and impressively reflect the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages. One must not miss the sight.

Writers and other artists

Even though Dante Aligheri was born in Florence, he came to Ravenna in 1316 where he finished “The Divine Comedy” and died in 1321. Other famous authors such as Ludovico Ariosto, Giovanni Pascoli, Luigi Malerba, Giorgio Bassani and Lucio Dalla were born, lived and operated in Emilia Romagna. Prominent directors Bernardo Bertolucci and Federico Fellini come from this region as well with the latter making Emilia Romagna known all over the world with the film adaption of "The Little World of Don Camillo".

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