Emilia Romagna

The Emilia Romagna region was, and remains a significant diverse, historical, and naturally beautiful region of northern Italy. It lies between the River Po, (an important Italian waterway), to its north, the Apennine Mountains to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Emilia Romagna is known for its varied landscapes, medieval cities, rich gastronomy, and coastal resorts.
The name itself, Emilia Romagna, reveals its historical origins with evidence of populations dating as far back as Paleolithic and Neolithic times.
The famous Roman road, Via Emilia, was constructed by Marco Emilio Lepido in 187 BC during the Roman Conquest, to connect Rome with the Roman cities Rimini and Piacenza. Today there is remaining evidence of settlements along the road. Further evidence of Roman origins can be seen from the air, as the land was divided among the soldiers after the war campaigns, and today follows that same pattern called centuriae.
Emilia refers to the northern provinces of the region; Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Moderna, Ferrara and most of Bologna. Romagna refers to the smaller, south eastern provinces of Ravenna, Forli-Cesena, Rimini and part of Bologna located east of the Sillaro River. This area was dominated by the Romans for longer than the rest of the peninsula and continued to be called Romaniola or Romadiola, adhering to Roman exarchate rule.

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