Northern Italy: Emilia-Romagna

by Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Northern Italy: Emilia-Romagna

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Bradt's new Emilia-Romagna is the most thorough and in-depth guide available to this entire north Italian region (not just Bologna and the main cities) with a strong focus on history, background information, art and culture, as well as extensive detail on the Apennines along the Tuscan border, where you can escape the flatlands of the Po and go trekking, cycling and skiing. Here are some of region's prettiest villages, including Vignola, famous for cherries and lovely medieval Castell'Arquato and Brisighella. To the east, the Romagna part of this hyphenated region boasts long sandy Adriatic beaches, wildlife-filled lagoons around the Po Delta, and the world's smallest republic, San Marino.
Written by expert authors Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls, possibly the world's most experienced travel writers on Italy, Bradt's Emilia-Romagna is the definitive guide to this diverse and authentic area. Bologna, the regional capital, is covered in detail, from accommodation and restaurants to galleries, museums, shopping and the new FICO Eataly food theme park.
Emilia-Romagna combines the rich farmlands of the Po plain with dazzling cities strung like pearls along the straight-as-a-die Via Emilia. The capital, Bologna, home to the world's oldest university, and the smaller cities of Parma, Modena, Ferrara, Piacenza, Ravenna and Rimini are year-round destinations, each strikingly different, each filled with art and architectural masterpieces and fascinating museums housing everything from Etruscan vases to still life by Giorgio Morandi. Ravenna glitters with Byzantine mosaics; Parma, the town of Correggio, is mad about opera; Modena, with its stupendous medieval cathedral, is the hometown of Pavarotti and Ferrari; Ferrara has delightful early Renaissance frescoes; Rimini was immortalised by Fellini in Amarcord. With Bradt's Emilia-Romagna you can discover all of this and more.
With 22 town and area maps, plus language, art and architecture glossaries, full practical information and all the background context you could need, Bradt's Emilia-Romagna is the perfect companion for art lovers, food lovers, families taking a beach holiday and city-break enthusiasts of all ages.

About the author

Travel writers Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls are old Italy hands, who lived in Umbria for three years with their young children, while travelling and researching the country from Trieste to Lampedusa, writing numerous guides in the Cadogan series in the process.
They first visited Emilia Romagna back in 1981, and in 2015 produced an Art & Culture app to Bologna and Modena. One of their prize possessions is a small well-thumbed cookery book on the region's traditional cuisine, and one of Michael's star turns as a chef is a decent rendition of tagliatelle al ragù that he makes when they aren't able to get back to eat the real McCoy.

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Contents

CONTENTS
Introduction

PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate 3, Natural history and conservation, Historical outline, Government and politics, Economy, Education, People, Religion, Language, Art, Music, Literature, Cinema
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, Getting there and away, Health and safety, Women travellers, LGBTQ+ travellers, Travelling with children, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Festivals and annual events, Opening times, Shopping, Activities, Arts and entertainment, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette

PART TWO: THE GUIDE
Chapter 3 Bologna
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Sports and activities, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 4 Around Bologna
The Northern Plains, South of Bologna: into the Apennines
Chapter 5 Modena and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Shopping, Entertainment and nightlife, Other practicalities, What to see and do, North of Modena, South of Modena, The Modenese Apennines
Chapter 6 Reggio Emilia and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see and do, North of Reggio, Down the muddy old Po, South of Reggio
Chapter 7 Parma and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information and tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, North of Parma to Colorno, The Parma foothills, Fidenza, Salsomaggiore Terme, La Bassa
Chapter 8 Piacenza and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do, South of Piacenza, Southwest of Piacenza: the Val Trebbia, Bobbio
Chapter 9 Ferrara and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Festivals and events, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Ferrara, The coast: from Mesola to Ravenna
Chapter 10 Ravenna
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, What to see and do
Chapter 11 The Heart of Romagna
Imola, Around Imola, Faenza, North of Faenza, Brisighella, Around Brisighella, Forli, Into the Apennines, Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Bagno di Romagna, Back on the Via Emilia
Chapter 12 Rimini and the Adriatic Riviera
History, Getting there and around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, The Adriatic Riviera
Chapter 13 The Marecchia Valley to San Marino
Santarcangelo, Verucchio, San Leo, Sant'Agata Féltria, Pennabilli and Monte Carpegna, San Marino, East of San Marino
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Directory of Artists
Appendix 4 Further Information
Index