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Emilia-Romagna is a region located Northeast of Italy; bordered by Piamonte and Liguria on the west, Adriatic Sea on the east, Veneto on the north and Toscana and the Republic of San Marino on the south; the region covers an area of 22.446 km, it is made up of two main regions, the first one is Emilia and its provinces: Placentia, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and the second one is Ferrara with its provinces Ravenna, Rimini, Forli – Cesena.

The capital of Emilia-Romagna is Bologna and the population is 4.405.486 inhabitants. Currently, Emilia-Romagna is considered one of the richest regions of Europe because of the low rate of unemployment which was about 4.9% (2010). Although Emilia-Romagna has many industrial activities, the main economical activity is agriculture.

This region was conquered by Romans; “Emilia” refers to via Emilia, which was an important Roman road that connected Rome and the north region of Italy; when Ravenna was the capital of the Italian portion in the Byzantine Empire. Another important attraction of this region its cuisine, Emilia-Romagna provides many kinds of ingredients such as pastas, sauces, cheeses and pork products, the most important one is cheese; there are many varieties of cheese such as Parmesan cheese which is famous worldwide, there are also traditional dishes such as ravioli montovani, polenta taragna, tarello appunto, Lionessa d´Italia, pinzoccheri and other delicious and famous dishes.

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