Emilia-Romania

emilia-romaniaThe landscape of Emilia Romagna is extremely diverse. There are spills here, living lowlands above Pad, swamps in the delta of this river, steep slopes of the Northern Apennines. However, tourists passing through Northern Italy to Florence and Rome usually pay little attention to the landscapes and monuments of this province. This is a big mistake, because you can find here real pearls of Italian architecture.

Stolica Emilii Romanii – Bologna – it has preserved its medieval center. For several hundred years, the city was one of the capitals of European science, and the local university attracted students from all over the continent. Archiginnasio building courtyard (University) it is decorated with the coats of arms of outstanding pupils, among whom there were many Poles. The bust of the most famous of them – Nicolaus Copernicus stands next to the entrance to Aula Magna. In the Church of San Domenico, where the relics of St.. Dominika (some figures of the tomb were carved by Michelangelo) there is a chapel of a Polish saint – st. Jacek and the tomb of Marcin Polak, dominikanina, the confessor of the popes.

In and around Ravenna you can admire the finest preserved early Christian and Byzantine mosaics. They are located in the Basilica of San Apollinare Nuovo, Arian Baptistery and Basilica of San Vitale.

Who is interested in medieval castles and churches, should visit Modena and Parma. One of the most beautiful, uniform in style, Ferrara is a Renaissance city. It flourished under the rule of the princes d'Este, dynasty, who reconciled her love of art with a penchant for bloody political intrigue. The frescoes in Palazzo Schifanoia and Palazzina di Marfisa d'Este are evidence of the splendor of the Renaissance manor house.

It is worth going to Emilia Romagna in autumn, when the heat does not make it difficult to visit the monuments. You can still enjoy the sun on the beaches of the Adriatic coast, and there is no longer a bothersome crowd. In July and August the Adriatic Riviera -130 km of fine sand - it attracts crowds of tourists. Fall is also the best time to explore the valleys of the Northern Apennines. During the harvest it is worth visiting country taverns, try local specialties and Lambrusco, which is considered to be the oldest type of wine in the world.