Emilia-Romagna is one of the wealthiest and most developed regions in Europe, with the third highest GDP per capita in Italy. It is also a cultural and tourist centre, being the home of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world, including Romanesque and Renaissance cities (such as Modena, Parma and Ferrara), being a centre for food and automobile production (home of automotive companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, and Ducati) and having popular coastal resorts such as Rimini and Riccione.
Sangiovese is the most representative wine of Romagna. This grape variety is one of the oldest in Italy and with such grapes very famous wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and many others are produced. In Romagna, and especially on the hills of Bertinoro it finds the ideal soil for growing. The favorable climate with mild summer followed by cold winters and high day-to-night temperature excursion allows this versatile grape to thrive. You will find several wineries around town and lots of information at the touristic office located in the main square.
About 2 km from Bertinoro lies Fratta: a 13-hectare park with seven natural springs rich in mineral salts. Its magnesium-rich, salso-iodic, sulphurous-arsenical-ferruginous waters waters flow from natural sources and ordinary and drilled wells. It has been ascertained that the Fratta waters were used during Roman times, as shown by the finds discovered in this area over time.
FORLI & FORLIMPOPOLI
Founded by the Romans in the II century B.C. as the Forum Livii at the crossroad of Via Consolare with the road that led to Tuscany, the city is located in the eastern part of the Po Valley along the Via Aemilia, a few kilometers from the seaside resorts of the Adriatic coast and at the foot of the green hills of the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines. Today Forlì still has significant traces of the Romanesque and the Renaissance times, although it mainly retains a notable presence of the rich heritage of the age of Rationalism from the twenties and thirties. It is a city of art with a major university that offers prestigious courses and a brand new campus. Forlì is also renowned for its excellent museum complex, San Domenico, where internationally recognized artists and exhibits draw visitors from all over the country. Between Bertinoro and Forlì, along the Roman Via Aemilia lies Forlimpopoli, hometown of Pellegrino Artusi, the undisputed father of Italian cuisine: a place to be enjoyed with gusto through its history, its culture, and traditions Definitely worthy of a visit is Casa Artusi: the very first centre of gastronomic culture devoted entirely to Italian home cookery. It houses a refined restaurant, library, cooking school, wine cellar, bookshop, and museum.
Ravenna is a city of art and culture, and a mosaic centre that was capital of the Western Roman Empire as well as the Byzantine Empire in Europe. The magnificence of this period has honored Ravenna with a great heritage of historical buildings. There are eight Unesco World Heritage monuments in the city. Famous for the stunning beauty of its precious mosaics, Ravenna is rich of artworks from all historical movements: Roman, Byzantine, Gothic, Medieval, Baroque, Venetian and also modern. It is a civil and hospitable city, that offers a wide range of cultural events and prestigious international occasions that contribute to its vibrant atmosphere.