Emilia-Romagna Hotels

“Romagna mia, Romagna in fiore. Tu sei la stella, tu sei l’amore”. Those who have spent at least one summer on a beach of Romagna, have surely come across this popular song. And has found out that it is really so: Romagna, together with Emilia, is a land of great traditions, work, foresight and passion. Emilia-Romagna is one of the most interesting regions of Italy, because it boasts a huge cultural heritage which it has been able to turn into tourism heritage. Because if you think Emilia Romagna is just about fun, you are wrong.

Emilia-Romagna's cities of art

Emilia-Romagna's many cities of art have been shaped by centuries of unfolding history. Tourists who flock to the beaches of Romagna in the summer, have even the opportunity to leave umbrellas and shores and take on cultural excursions: Emilia-Romagna's tourism portal presents 200 places that can be considered cities of art.

Bologna, capital city of Emilia Romagna, is a university city an important trade fair center, but firt of all a city of art whose landmarks are Piazza Maggiore and the Torre degli Asinelli. Those staying at a hotel in Bologna will be in an ideal position to move quickly by car or train through other major cities in the region. As Ferrara, the city of the Estense Family, Modena, with the Ghirlandina Tower in Piazza Grande and Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Via Paolo Ferrari, and Parma, famous for the Baptistery and its numerous palaces.

However, the most famous cultural tourist destination in Emilia-Romagna is definitely Ravenna. The Byzantine rule that made the city the capital of the Western Empire for two centuries (553-752) has left monuments of inestimable architectural and artistic value in the city. The famous mosaics of Ravenna in the Basilica of San Vitale and the Basilica of St. Apollinare in Classe are visited by millions of tourists every year. From the hotels in the historical centre of Ravenna you can reach gems of ancient art in really short time, some of which have been discovered only recently, as in the case of the archaeological site of the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra near the Basilica of San Vitale, discovered in 1993.

Summer in Riviera: beach & fun holidays

The cities of Emilia-Romagna offer opportunities to have fun throughout the year. Premises in Bologna, discos in Parma and Piacenza, the squares of the small towns around the Emilian Appennines are places where the fun happens 12 months a year. However, since the 1960s, the real starting point of one of the most famous nightlife hubs in Europe are the hotels on the Riviera Romagnola

The strip of land that runs from the Lidos of Ravenna to Cattolica, becomes the ideal destination for summer holidays for millions of Italian and foreign tourists of all ages. Singles looking for adventures, families with children, young people and mature couples who know that here they can find what they want to spend a summer full of fun and relaxation.

Those who wish to stay at the family-run hotels on the promenade of Milano Marittima, at the budget hotels in Rimini, or the rental apartments in Riccione overlooking one of the entertainment and shopping avenues on the Riviera, always need to book well in advance. In August, Romagna’s coastline is the heart of summer fun 24 hours a day: the mornings belongs to children playing on the beach, afternoons are adults’ shopping sprees or cultural trips, evenings and nights are for young people who flock to the clubs and premises on the waterfront.

Amusement parks in Emilia-Romagna

The concept of amusement park in Emilia-Romagna has a very significant value. The region boasts the presence of some 30 amusement parks where families with children, teens and adults can spend pleasant days having fun with attractions ranging from inflatable games to roller-coasters to aqua parks.

Many hotels on the Adriatic Coast are affiliated with these facilities and offer vacation packages that include access to the amusement parks. In the north of Ravenna are the Acquaparco Auai Auai, in Lido Adriano, with water slides and swimming pools, and Mirabilandia with rides of all sorts and spectacular fairy-tale inspired shows. Further south, between Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica there are water parks like Aquafan and Oltremare, with dolphin shows and edutainment spaces dedicated to marine environments. Fiabilandia in Rimini is a large theme park where kids can spend days experiencing first hand the most famous fairy tales, from Peter Pan to Buffalo Bill. Always in Rimini, Italy in Miniature hosts more than 270 reproductions of the main Italian sites and monuments of tourist interest.

The Italian Motor Valley

Due to the passion for engines that has characterized Emilia-Romagna for more than a century, the region was assigned the nickname Motor-Valley. Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the hotels in Modena to visit the places where the legendary symbols of Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini were born, as well as the two-wheeled monsters Ducati, Morini and Malaguti. Not only that though, as great motorcycle road racers of the likes of Loris Capirossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Marco Melandri, Renzo Pasolini said Paso, Mattia Pasini and the unfortunate Marco Simoncelli, were all born in this region of Italy.

Emilia-Romagna hosts the international circuits of Misano Adriatico and Imola but more importantly, to the delight of racing fans, more than a dozen museums of car and motorcycle manufacturers and private collections.

Tourists on holiday in the hotels of the Romagna Riviera, who wish to experience the thrill of riding on a race track, will surely enjoy the minibikes, go-karting and motocross circuits available in the area: the most important are the Crossdromo Monte Michelone in Lesignano de’ Bagni, the Motocross Track Pista Predella in San Vittore di Salsomaggiore, and the Mini Bikes and Karting Track in San Mauro Mare.

Trade Fairs in Emilia Romagna

Business trips are a major item in the regional economy and that's why national and international business people book a flight to Bologna or Rimini to participate in the exhibitions scheduled during the year.

BolognaFiere Group manages the fairgrounds in Bologna, Modena and Ferrara, but important centers for the organization of trade fairs and events are also located in Rimini, Parma, Piacenza and Reggio Emilia. Among the most important Bologna trade shows the MotorShow dedicated to motorcycles, Cosmopack and Cosmoprof for beauty industry, Saie and Cersaie for the building industry and bathroom furnishings.

Food & Wine in Emilia-Romagna

The restaurant menus of family-run hotels on the Adriatic Coast always include true delights of local cuisine. They usually serve tortellini on Fridays, baked lasagna on Sundays, and passatelli on Mondays, that is, a soup of eggs, cheese and bread crumbs.

The most common main courses are based on meat – beef, pork, lamb – and fish, of course. Speaking of wines, local foodies are mainly paired with the sparkling Lambrusco, while in the area of Piacenza they drink Bonarda. For those who like to enjoy and know local cuisine at the same time, Emilia-Romagna also hosts many museums dedicated to food and wine.

These Museums of Food form a circuit of some 20 museums around the region that offer tourists the chance to experience tradition and history of the production of food, taste and typical products and local wines, but also buy products guaranteed on the basis of quality certificates. Just to cite a few examples, there’s a Museum of traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena, while Parma hosts the museums of Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, Budrio the Museum of potato and Brisighella the Open Air Museum of Olive Oil.

Tourist destination known all over Europe, Rimini, is synonymous with entertainment and nightlife. The wide range of hotels in Rimini is able to meet the needs of all types of travelers. Holidaymakers can stay in a hotel on the seafront, or in hotels in Rimini with swimming pool, while those who come on business can choose an accommodation close to Rimini’s Exhibition Centre.

Capital of Emilia Romagna, Bologna is a city with a split personality: one for commerce and one for tourism. Tourists visiting the city, can book a hotel in the historical centre near Piazza Maggiore - famous for the fountain of Neptune. Those who are in Bologna on business can opt for a hotel near Bologna Airport or the Exhibition Centre.

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