Landscape and geography of Emilia Romagna

Famous region in the heart of Italy

With an area of 22,123 square kilometres and approx. 4.5 million inhabitants Emilia Romagna is one of Italy’s largest regions in terms of size and population. Bologna is both its largest city and regional capital. The natural borders of the river Po in the north, the northern Apennines in the west and the Adriatic Sea in the east hint at scenic diversity. Quaint marsh districts, idyllic hills, craggy mountain tops and dreamlike sandy beaches distinguish this diverse region and make a holiday worthwhile.

Geographical location of Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is the sixth largest (22,123 square kilometres) region with the seventh largest population (approx. 4.5 million) of Italy. The region in the heart of Italy borders on the regions Venetia, Lombardy and Piedmont in the north, and Tuscany, Liguria and the Marches in the West and South where it encloses the tiny republic of San Marino. The Adriatic Sea stretches across the east. Politically, Emilia Romagna is divided into the nine provinces: Bologna, Modena, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Ravenna, Rimini, Piacenza, Ferrara, and Forli-Cesena with their respective eponymous capitals. Bologna is the region’s capital and has the largest population of all of Emilia Romagna’s cities.

Scenic diversity

The aforementioned natural borders of the northern Po delta, the northern Apennines in the west and the Adriatic Sea in the east hint at the region’s scenic diversity. Picturesque marches and rivers in the north, diverse forests and hills, the craggy limestone mountains of the Apennines and the wide sandy beaches of the Adriatic Sea offer the perfect holiday for each and every tourist to this region, interjected by a number of well-known cities and high-class sights.

Outdoor sports and beach holiday

Emilia Romagna is one of Italy’s main centres for beach holidays. 10 million visitors a year make it one of the most touristic regions of Italy. Not only classic beach tourists visit the region as it features great diversity for culture buffs, city tourists and active travellers. The nearby mountains of the Apennines are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, horseback riding, rafting and canyoning. Golf players and wellness fans find numerous courses and modes of relaxation in the region’s idyllic nature.

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