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Basic data
Capital Bologna
Provinces Bologna ( metropolitan city ) , Ferrara , Forlì-Cesena , Modena , Parma , Piacenza , Ravenna , Reggio Emilia , Rimini
surface 22,123.09 km² ( 6. )
Residents 4,467,118 (Dec 31, 2019)
Population density 202 inhabitants / km²
Website www.regione.emilia-romagna.it
ISO 3166-2 IT-45
president Stefano Bonaccini ( PD )

Relief map of the Emilia-Romagna region

The Emilia-Romagna is a region in northern Italy with a population of 4,467,118 (December 31, 2019).


Monte Cimone seen from Castellarano

Emilia-Romagna is located in the southern part of northern Italy and borders the Po , Veneto and Lombardy in the north, and the Adriatic Sea in the east . In the south it shares in the Apennines and borders on Tuscany , the Marche and the Republic of San Marino , in the west on Piedmont and Liguria .


The eastern part of the area is made up of Romagna , a historical landscape of northern Italy that belonged to the Papal States for a millennium from the 8th century . Its name stems from the time of the rule of the Lombards , who separated the then Eastern Roman area - which belonged to the Byzantine exarchate of Ravenna - from their own area, the Langobardia ( Lombardy ), under the name Romania .

Emilia , to the west of it, was divided after the 15th century into the historic duchies of Parma and Modena , which became the bone of contention between the Habsburgs and the Bourbons . The name Emilia comes from the ancient Roman road Via Aemilia , after which the region was named in the 2nd century.

Biggest cities

The capital and largest city of the region in terms of population is Bologna with 390,625 inhabitants, the following cities by population are:

city Residents
Parma 198.292
Modena 186,830
Reggio nell'Emilia 172.124
Ravenna 158.058
Rimini 151.200
Ferrara 132.195
Forlì 118,000
Piacenza 104,315
Cesena 97.190

All information as of December 31, 2019



The Arch of Augustus in Rimini is one of the oldest preserved Roman arches of honor and represents an early form of the building type.

Under the administrative division of Augustus , the area of Aemilia (also Gallia cispadana , i.e. the part of Gallia cisalpina on this side of the Po ) was the eighth region of Italy. The name is derived from the Via Aemilia , the Roman road that crosses the area between Ariminium ( Rimini ) and Placentia ( Piacenza ) to the northwest. It was already in common use during Martial's time .

The Ravenna area was generally not considered to be part of the Aemilia, the main city of which was Placentia. In the 4th century Aemilia and Liguria were combined into one province. Then the Aemilia stood for itself, with Ravenna being added several times at times.

Pippin donation and formation of communes

During the Byzantine period, Ravenna became the seat of the Exarchate of Ravenna . The Lombards referred to this area as Romania to distinguish it from the area they controlled, the Langobardia . After the Lombards tried for two centuries to subjugate the territory of Ravenna, Bologna , Forlì , Faenza , Rimini , Pippin took these cities from Aistulf and gave them to the papacy together with the Ancona march in 755. From then on, under the name Romagna , the area belonged at least nominally to the Papal States . At first, however, the Archbishop of Ravenna was predominant, and Romagna continued to be disputed between the Pope and the Emperor.

The other important cities of Emilia - Ferrara , Modena , Reggio , Parma , Piacenza  - were independent. At the time of the independence of the Italian city-states, each of the great cities of Emilia, Romagna or not, had its own history. Despite the feuds between the Guelfs and Ghibellines , they flourished. The emperor's influence formed a counterbalance to papal power.

Development of Romagna

Nicholas III got the Romagna under control in 1278 by means of a concordat with Rudolf von Habsburg , but the Papal State almost disintegrated during the Avignon Popes and was only sustained through the efforts of Cardinal Albornoz , a Spaniard who was killed by Innocent VI. was sent to Italy. Nevertheless, the papal supremacy can hardly be called more than nominal.

This status only ended when Cesare Borgia , the natural son of Alexander VI. , eliminated most of the princes of Romagna in order to establish their own dynasty. When Alexander died, it was his successors in the papal office who continued Borgia's policy and benefited from his work. From then on the cities were subordinate to the papacy and were administered by legates.

In what is now Emilia-Romagna, ten so-called ghettos were set up for the Jewish population in Correggio , Guastalla , Reggio Emilia, Carpi , Modena, Bologna, Cento , Ferrara, Lugo and Rimini with the aim of segregation .

Development of the various duchies of Emilia

Estense Castle in Ferrara

Ferrara and Comacchio stayed with the House of Este until they were claimed as vacant fiefs by Pope Clement VIII after the death of Alfonso II in 1597 . Modena and Reggio , which had been part of the Duchy of Ferrara, now formed their own duchy under a side branch of the House of Este, which arose from the illegitimate son of Alfonso I, Cesare .

Carpi and Mirandola were small principalities. Carpi passed to the Este family in 1525 when Charles V drove out the Pio family. Mirandola was ruled by the Pico family until Francesco Maria from this house sided with the French in the War of the Spanish Succession . The duchy was therefore taken from him by Emperor Joseph in 1709 , which was sold to the House of Este in 1710.

Parma and Piacenza were initially under the rule of the Farnese after Pope Paul III. his natural son Pier Luigi had installed there in 1545 . After the family died out in 1731, a secondary branch of the Spanish Bourbons ruled there .

From the French Revolution to the founding of the Kingdom of Italy

From 1796 to 1814 Emilia-Romagna was first incorporated into the Cispadan Republic , then into the Cisalpine Republic in 1799 and was part of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy . After 1814, the Restoration resulted in a return to the previous distribution of power. Romagna fell to the Papal States and its ecclesiastical government. The Duchy of Parma went to Marie Louise , wife of the deposed Napoleon, and Modena to the Archduke Franz of Austria , heir to the last Estonian.

In Romagna and Modena the government was repressive, arbitrary, corrupt and backward, while in Parma things were better. In 1821 there was an unsuccessful attempt at revolt in Emilia, which was severely and brutally suppressed. The chronic dissatisfaction continued and the revolution of 1848–1849 was again suppressed by Austrian troops. In 1859 the struggle for independence was finally successful, and Emilia became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 with almost no resistance .

From 1861 until today

At the beginning of the 20th century industrialization began in the cities of the region and the labor movement emerged . During Fascism , especially between 1943 and 1945, the Emilia-Romagna, which is also home region of Mussolini , was a center of resistance ( Resistenza ). After 1945 it was one of the reliable strongholds of the Italian Communist Party ; the tensions at that time between traditional authorities such as the church and the communists were u. a. immortalized in the stories about Don Camillo and Peppone . With the decline of the Communist Party and the structural change in the economy in the 1980s and 1990s, the regional political landscape changed, with the social democratic Partito Democratico dominating today .

Administrative division

The Emilia-Romagna region includes the following eight provinces and one metropolitan city:

Provinces and Metropolitan City of Emilia-Romagna
Province or metropolitan city Capital ISO Communities Population
(December 31, 2019)
Area (km²) Population
density (inh / km²)
Bologna Bologna IT-BO 56 1,017,806 3,702.53 275
Ferrara Ferrara IT-FE 21st 344,840 2,635.12 131
Forlì-Cesena Forlì IT-FC 30th 394.833 2,376.80 166
Modena Modena IT-MO 47 707.292 2,688.65 263
Parma Parma IT PR 44 453.930 3,449.32 132
Piacenza Piacenza IT PC 48 287.236 2,589.47 111
Ravenna Ravenna IT-RA 18th 389,634 1,858.49 210
Reggio Emilia Reggio nell'Emilia IT-RE 45 531.751 2,292.89 232
Rimini Rimini IT-RN 27 339.796 863.58 393
Emilia-Romagna Bologna IT-45 336 4,467,118 22,123.09 181


Important regional dialects are Emilian and Romagnol , which are often combined into one dialect . These are assigned to the northern Italian dialects, as they lie north of the La Spezia - Rimini line. However, the written and official language is Italian .


The region is the third wealthiest in Italy after Lombardy and the Aosta Valley . In 2015, the regional gross domestic product per inhabitant, expressed in purchasing power standards , was 119% of the EU-28 average . In 2017, the unemployment rate was 6.7%, below the national average.

Ferrari works in Maranello

The Emilia-Romagna is home to the Italian sports car brands Ferrari , Lamborghini , Maserati , De Tomaso and Pagani , the motorcycle manufacturer Ducati , Moto Morini and Bimota and numerous automotive and motorcycle museums. The region therefore calls itself Terra di Motori (Land of Motors) .

The Comet SpA in Reggio Emilia is one of the largest pump manufacturers. In addition, high-pressure cleaners and industrial vacuum cleaners are manufactured. Sassuolo , south of Modena , is one of the world's largest tile production centers with over 40 companies that export all over the world.

Local groceries in a shop in Ravenna

The real balsamic vinegar is produced in the Modena area according to a centuries-old tradition. The provinces of Reggio Emilia and Parma are home to the trademarked Parmigiano Reggiano , the real Parmesan . Parma ham is produced in the hills around Parma . Parma is also the headquarters of the Barilla food company , one of the largest pasta manufacturers in the world.

Tourism can be found throughout the region: thermal tourism in Salsomaggiore Terme in the west and Riolo Terme in the southeast of the region, city and cultural tourism especially in Parma , Modena , Bologna , Ravenna and Ferrara , nature tourism in the Po Delta and the nature reserves in the Apennines , Beach tourism on the Adriatic coast ( Rimini , Cervia with Milano Marittima and Cesenatico ).


There are several well-known racetracks in Emilia-Romagna. In Imola, for example, there is the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari , where not only motorcycle grand prix but also Formula 1 races take place. In Misano Adriatico is located Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli , on a regular motorcycle and World Championship Superbike -Läufe are held. In the small town of Fiorano Modenese in the immediate vicinity of the headquarters in Maranello near Modena, Ferrari operates the private race track Pista di Fiorano .

The region is also home to some well-known Italian football clubs , such as FC Bologna and FC Parma .


Don Camillo in front of a church in Brescello
  • In Brescello , a small village near the Po, north of Parma, the film series Don Camillo and Peppone was filmed after the Second World War (outdoor shots, the studio shots were filmed in the Cinecittà in Rome ). Today a small but worth seeing museum commemorates these two figures (with the legendary sidecar and the tank). The cross, to which Don Camillo always speaks, can still be seen in the church.
  • Comacchio , near the Po Delta, has a bridge (Ponte Trepponti) with five flights of stairs.
  • In the small town of Predappio , south of Forlì , was Benito Mussolini was born; he is buried there too.
  • The most famous song in this region is Romagna mia , written by Secondo Casadei in 1954.
  • On Sunday morning of May 20 , 2012 at 04:04 a.m., an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 with an epicenter near Camposanto shook northern Italy and caused great damage. The provinces of Modena and Ferrara were particularly hard hit. Several people died and a few thousand became homeless. It was the heaviest quake in 500 years in the region that is not one of the tectonically endangered areas of Italy. On the morning of May 29, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 followed in the same region with its epicenter near Medolla .

See also

Web links

Commons : Emilia-Romagna  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Emilia-Romagna  - Travel Guide
Wiktionary: Emilia-Romagna  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Statistiche demografiche ISTAT. Monthly population statistics of the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica , as of December 31 of 2019.
  2. Vincenza Maugeri: I luoghi ei materiali ebraici in Emilia-Romagna . In: Franco Bonilauri, Vincenza Maugeri (ed.): Musei ebraici in Europa - Orientamenti e prospettive . Electa, Milano 1998, ISBN 88-435-6625-3 , p. 56 .
  3. Eurostat. (PDF) Retrieved April 15, 2018 .
  4. Unemployment rate, by NUTS 2 regions. Retrieved November 5, 2018 .
  5. United States Geological Survey (USGS): M6.0 - 6km E of Camposanto, Italy. 2012-05-20 02:03:52 UTC
  6. Several deaths after a strong earthquake ( Memento from May 21, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) stern.de, May 20, 2012, accessed on May 25, 2012.
  7. Kordula Doerfler: Earthquake in Italy: aftershocks shake Italy. May 21, 2012, accessed December 19, 2014 .
  8. USGS: M5.8 - 3km SSE of Medolla, Italy. 2012-05-29 07:00:03 UTC ( Memento from May 31, 2012 in the Internet Archive )

Coordinates: 44 ° 26 '  N , 10 ° 58'  E