Emilia-Romagna, a Northern Italian region that is one of the richest in Europe, stills feels a bit off the beaten track. The wealth and variety of its artistic heritage attest to its complex history. Bologna is the beating heart of Emilia-Romagna.
A bit of history
Emilia-Romagna includes two areas that were historically quite distinct: Emilia and Romagna. Emilia is named after the ancient Via Emilia, a road built by the Roman consul Marcus Aemilius Lepidus in 187 BC. Romagna takes its name from the Latin word Romània, which the Romans used to describe the region close to Ravenna. These two places followed separate paths through his- tory until the uni cation of Italy in 1861. In 1947, they merged to form a single region that resulted in Emilia-Romagna.
Golf, a well-established sport
The region has many golf courses, starting with the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia, which of- fers golfers a 27-hole course surrounded by pinewood forests, lakes and the sea. Meanwhile, the Rimini-Verucchio Golf Club has an exceptional 25-hole course within Valmarecchia Park that boasts fantastic views of the medieval towns of Verucchio, Torriana and San Leo. The Riolo Golf La Torre promises to be one of the best golf courses in the area. Its technically challenging course covers approximately 200 hectares in the middle of a protected natural space. Less than a half a kilometer from the historic heart of Ferrara, C.U.S. Ferrara Golf is equally stunning with glimpses of Renaissance masterpieces that make the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just outside Bologna lies the historic Golf Club Bologna, which dates back to 1959. Finally, the Modena Golf & Country Club – right in the heart of the region – is one of the best courses in all of Italy with endless greens and ve man-made lakes.
The region is also full of places devoted to body and mind wellness, including hot spring spas; Salsomaggiore and Bagno di Romagna have noteworthy centers to try. A well-liked vacation destination that has been known traditionally for its Miss Italy beauty pageant, Salsomaggiore Terme is even more famous for being one of Europe’s most popular hot spring spas thanks to the quality of its treatments.
• Salsomaggiore Hot Spring Spa. Via Roma, 9A, 43039 Salsomaggiore Terme PR, Italia.
• Bagno di Romagna Hot Spring Spa Bagno di Romagna is famous throughout the world for its hot, mineral-rich springs. Via Fiorentina, 18, 47021 Bagno di Romagna Forlì-Cesena, Italia.
Get me a Ferrari, pronto !
Emilia-Romagna is also the capital of speed, sports and powerful engines. In Maranello and Modena, for example, speed lovers can tour the Ferrari Museum and admire the automaker’s most prestigious models from the inside out. Visitors can see the brand’s awards and the symbols that have made Ferrari famous across the planet. Finally, in addition to its forts and historic districts, Imola is home to the “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” track, the site of many bicycle and motorcycle races.
The traditional cooking here originates from the intense, re ned values and avours of a varied region: from the soils of Emilia to the sea around Romagna to the Valli di Comacchio lagoons, which is famed for its eels. These are more than meals; to dine here is to experience a culinary tour de force not to be missed! One way to discover a region is to learn about its traditional foods. In Emilia- Romagna, you will nd the quintessential erbazzone, a savory spinach tart, as well as pisarei and faso, which are small variations of gnocchi. This is also the place to sample tortelloni, agnolotti and other lled pastas packed with avour and aroma. In Emilia-Romagna, Parma ham is the undisputed king of the table. This esteemed member of the pantheon of Italian gastronomy, along with the legendary Grana and Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses, makes the region a heavenly gourmet destination. Foodies would give their eyeteeth for these exquisite foods. Wine is another cornerstone of the region, which produces Gutturnio in Colli Piacentini, Trebbiano, Lambrusco, Barbera, Sauvignon and Sangiovese. The simplicity of avours is what makes the food and culinary traditions of Emilia-Romagna so loved worldwide.