Emilia Romagna is a geographically varied region stretching from the plains of the river Po in the north to the Apennine Mountains in the south, with the Adriatic sea to the east.
The diversity of the region is reflected in its art and culture, and nowadays Emilia Romagna has become something of a centre of film, music and modern art. This is the birthplace of composer Giuseppe Verdi and poet Giovanni Pascoli, while the more modern art form of cinema has its own Emilia Romagna favourite son in Federico Fellini.
In Parma, famous of course for its cheese and ham, one can find the National Gallery on the Piazza della Pilotta, including works from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Pieces by famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Correggio provide the icing on the cake for a huge collection of other works, from the Emilia school of the 15th and 16th centuries to Borghesi and Boccaccio of the 19th. Also in Parma, the San Giovanni Library dates back to the 15th century and features majestic frescoes, arches and naves in what is still a working library of over 40,000 books.
For music lovers, a trip to Bologna is recommended, to visit the International Museum and Library of Music, which hosts a huge collection of historical documents relating to classical music, including original scores and booklets, all housed in wonderfully painted rooms.