Emilia Romagna Italy 10 Fun Facts - Digging Up Roots in the Boot

Emilia Romagna Italy 10 Fun Facts

Ciao tutti! Welcome to The Best of Italy, a video series on Digging up Roots on the Boot’s YouTube Channel.  Alessia is going to share 10 fun facts about Emilia Romagna, Italy.  It is one of 20 Italian Regions in Northern Italy.  Watch the video and continue reading below. Also, be sure and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on new video posts.

1 Medieval Castles in Emilia Romagna

There are a lot of Medieval castles and Renaissance palaces in Emilia Romagna. Some of the best-preserved architecture is in the provinces of Parma and Piacenza. Some of the castles are so well preserved that they open to overnight guests.

2 Emilia Romagna - Oldest University

The oldest university in Europe is in Bologna in the heart of Emilia Romagna.  It was founded in 1088 and has a long list of notable alumni such as fashion designer, Giorgio Armani, and the Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi to name a couple.

Bologna Universtiy students have two superstitions.  Don’t climb to the top of Torre degli Asinelli and don’t walk across the middle of Piazza Maggiore. If you do either, it is believed that you will not graduate.

3 Culinary Traditions of Emilia Romagna 

Emilia Romagna has a rich culinary tradition.  Some of the most iconic Italian foods come from this region.  There is prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, and traditional aged balsamic vinegar of Modena, to name a few.  The region's food culture has been around for centuries and is proudly protected to maintain its quality.

4 Italy's Motor Valley 

Italy’s “Motor Valley” in Emilia Romagna is home to some of Italy’s most prestigious carmakers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati, and Maserati. There are four international race tracks, 7 manufacturers, 11 museums, and other impressive collections for car enthusiasts.

5 Ravenna, Emilia Romagna

For a short time, Ravenna was the capital of the Roman Empire.  Some of the most important and well-preserved Byzantine mosaics adorn five sites in the city center.  

Also, Dante died in Ravenna in 1321.  He lived there for 20 years after he was exiled from Florence.  His tomb is in a small 18th-century building near the Basilica di San Francesco.

6 Giuseppe Verdi was from Emilia Romagna

Giuseppe Verdi is a native of Emilia Romagna.  By his 30s, he was one of the greatest Italian composers of all time.  He dominated the opera scene with masterpieces like Aida, Requiem, and Otello.
In his hometown of Busseto, there is a statue of Verdi next to Teatro Verdi which was built in his honor in 1850.  There is also a statue of him in Verdi Square on the upper west side of Manhattan.

7 The Republic of San Marino

The Republic of San Marino is a tiny nation on the slopes of Mount Titano.  It is the third smallest country in Europe and one of the world’s oldest independent states.  It sits within the region of Emilia Romagna and Italian is the official language.  The local currency is euros and it has great tax-free shopping.

8 Festivals in Ferrara 

Ferrara is an amazing walled city on the southern shores of the Po river.  Ferrara celebrates three unique festivals.

The Palio, established in 1279, is the oldest of the three festivals in Ferrara.  It  is a medieval-themed horse race fought in costume every year on the last Sunday in May.

Established in 1988, the Ferrara Buskers Festival is a non-competitive parade of street musicians from all over the world.  In 2017, there were more than 1,000 artists from 35 different countries.

The newest festival is the Ferrara Balloons Festival in Bassani Urban Park.  It is a 10 day long hot air balloon festival featuring concerts, shows, and other entertainment.  It is one of Europes largest hot air ballooning festivals.

9 Rimini on the shores of Emilia Romagna

Rimini is an international tourist destination.  It was first recognized as a seaside resort in 1843.  Italian and European aristocrats appreciated Rimini for its wide beaches, shallow waters, luxurious hotels, and prestigious social events.  Rimini's tourism evolved into middle-class tourism during the fascist era.  Post-war, it has grown into mass tourism including trade fairs, conventions, and nightlife.

10 Max Mara - Fashion in Emilia Romagna

Achille Maramotti established Max Mara, an Italian fashion business, in 1951 in Reggio Emilia. Maramoti, a native of Reggio Emilia, was born there in 1927.  Maramotti was one of the first to mass-produce designer-quality clothes.  At the time of his death in 2005, he was a billionaire and one of the world’s richest men.  Today, the business is still family-owned.  His son Luigi is the chairman of the company.

Do you know any other fun facts about Emilia Romagna?  Let’s talk it out in the comment section below. Also, be sure and watch our other fun fact videos on Italy’s 20 regions and read our blog posts on Italy’s 20 regions. Thanks for watching and reading 10 fun facts about Emilia Romagna. A presto!

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