The Diamond Palace in Ferrara
The so-called diamond palace because it is made up of 8500 blocks of marble that make up its ashlar that gives it a unique shape, it is one of the most famous Renaissance palaces in the world, on the ground floor there are temporary exhibition spaces, while on the first floor the building houses the National Pinacoteca of Ferrara, which preserves a historical-artistic collection of exceptional value, the interior of the Palazzo dei Diamanti, has a horseshoe plan, and a cloister with a marble well in the center, a typical element of the Renaissance period. The Palazzo dei Diamanti is one of the fundamental and essential stops for tourists.
The labyrinth of Fontanellato in Parma
The Franco Maria Ricci Labyrinth, covering 8 hectares of land, was made with bamboo plants of different species. The internal paths wind for three kilometers. The labyrinth complex houses cultural spaces, in fact it is destined for the art collection, you can take a walk in the labyrinth that becomes a path in a huge botanical garden with more than 20 species of bamboo, once the exit of the labyrinth has been found the path continues through the discovery of works of art exhibited in fantastic spaces, which manage to excite children too. there are legends of the labyrinth, the maze plant is star-shaped, inspired by the fortified cities in the Middle Ages, the perpendicular and parallel paths are surrounded by greenery, interrupted by traps, crossroads and blind alleys, in Greek mythology the Labyrinth was symbol of power and hid in his heart the terrible Minotaur. In the Middle Ages it became a symbol of faith, in the eighteenth century the Labyrinth is a symbol of delights, representing the joy of getting lost and finding oneself and the Labyrinth made by Franco Maria Ricci contains all these meanings.
Santarcangelo di Romagna in Rimini.
Santarcangelo di Romagna is located on the Via Emilia
In 1828 Pope Leo XII conferred the title of city on Santarcangelo di Romagna because the city was heavily bombed during the Second World War, but the caves that abound under the city provided shelter for the inhabitants of the city and the people of the surrounding area. Today the city has several plaques to commemorate the local partisans who fought against the Nazi-Fascist occupation.
Rimini is located in the south-eastern part of Emilia Romagna, a country rich in art and history, a hilly area just a few steps from the sea, a rich tradition of craftsmanship, cuisine and gastronomic products.You can take a tour in the historic center of Rimini where you can find art, history the first monuments that you can find walking in the streets are: Arco d'Augusto, the oldest preserved Roman arch, and in the famous Casa del Chirurgo, a precious Archaeological excavation in Piazza Ferrari, a true Roman Domus, Piazza Tre Martiri, which was the ancient Roman forum, and Piazza Cavour, the most important in medieval times, beautiful and regal with its historic buildings such as the Palazzo dell'Arengo, that of the Podestà and the Town Hall. But the true symbol of the square is the Fontana della Pigna, in the center, which has always been a meeting place for citizens.
La Rocca Malatestiana - This mighty medieval fortress, built by the lords of the Malatestas of Rimini in 1447 and is an impressive example of the defensive castles. The Castle has a main tower, which was originally much higher, but was considered of aesthetic value rather than for defensive purposes. Today the castle is private property that can only be visited on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month.
The Grotte di Santarcangelo - located below the city is a network of catacombs and caves, some of which occur naturally, with others made by man. There are various theories about their original use - ranging from pagan places of worship, burial chambers, to places to store wine and food on pre-refrigeration days. Some caves can be visited, Public Grotto - Via Ruggeri, Grotta Teodorani - Piazza Balacchi, abd Grotta Stacchini - Piazzetta delle Monache.
The Torre del Campanone or Torre Civica - it is a bell tower, which can be seen above the city from almost every corner, is 25 meters high and was erected in 1893. It is built in neo-Gothic style and has the shape of the archangel Michael . Unfortunately you can't enter the tower.
The Capuchin convent - legend has it that the imposing Sangiovese grape took its name from this convent. Today it is possible to visit the convent, where mass is celebrated every day, and it is a still functioning religious institution.
Comacchio in Ferraa
A delightful lagoon town in the heart of the Po Delta Park. Comacchio, in the province of Ferrara, stands on thirteen islands, with a historic center that is intertwined with alleys and canals that make it truly unique and characteristic, you can admire the monuments, walk along the canals and smell the fish dishes of the typical trattorie.you can visit its symbol, the Ponte Pallotta, known as Trepponti, which represented the city gate. And finally, the Civic Tower, the Loggia del Grano, the Cathedral of San Cassiano and the Bell Tower.
Ravenna is one of the most beautiful cities in the region: the evocative and artistic Ravenna, famous throughout the world for its sculptures and mosaics. in its historical center are located the major monuments and most of the masterpieces of art. These include the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Basilica of San Vitale, San Francesco and Sant'Apollinare in Classe; the Duomo, the Chapel of Sant'Andrea, the Rocca di Brancaleone, the mosaics of Galla Placidia and the Tomb of Dante.
The Modene Cathedral represents the Christianity of the inhabitants of Modena, it is an architecture that has surprised all the contemporaries for its beauty and originality and an example of Roman art. The basilica is divided into three naves by an alternation of columns and pillars with raised presbytery over the crypt, greater attention can be paid to the Metopes, reliefs placed on the roof salients, which show a lively repertoire of fantastic and monstrous beings on the Duomo we actually find copies, since the originals were transferred to the Cathedral's Lapidary Museum, due to conservation problems. Inside the Cathedral you will find the sepulcher of San Geminiano, patron saint of Modena, in the crypts. important works also monuments from other countries such as: the Altar of Statues by Michele da Firenze.
Bologna is considered the capital of the region and has the oldest universities in the world, a city of art, culture and commerce with an efficient fair structure and a renowned manufacturing and motoring tradition. there are so many places to see, for example: the beautiful Piazza Maggiore, where medieval buildings, witnesses of lively public life, perfectly combine with modernity, preserving their ancient charm. An example is the Palazzo D'Accursio, seat of the Municipality, inside which we find the modern Media Library Salaborsa in liberty style and the Roman archaeological excavations visible from a modern glass floor. Among the symbols of Bologna we have the Fountain of Nettuno by Giambologna and the medieval towers. Bologna is also rich in artistic patrimony that are enclosed in the numerous Museums and Galleries, as well as in religious buildings. Bologna is also called the "Bologna Grassa" "la Rossa" and "la Turita", fat because you eat well, Rossa for the color that the roofs and Turrita, ancient name that refers to when on the city towered a hundred towers.
Restaurants with typical products of Emilia Romagna
Agriturismo Ca 'Bianca Restaurant
The Ca Bianca restaurant offers home cooking based on typical products of the region, the dining room where the dishes are consumed has been obtained from the old stable, while maintaining a typical decor, with stones, wood and objects of rural civilization, thus creating an environment peaceful and welcoming.The restaurant is located in Parma in the Borgo Val di Taro.
La Violina is a Restaurant Pizzeria in Santarcangelo with Typical Romagna Cuisine in the Province of Rimini Emilia Romagna.
It is located in an old nineteenth-century villa with a unique atmosphere, the best traditional cuisine prepared with the highest quality ingredients. The old stone walls, the wooden furnishings and the well-kept outdoor garden where not only taste, but also your senses , they will be delighted.
The kitchen offers the best of Italian and regional culinary tradition, recipes handed down from generation to generation,
Among the specialties of the restaurant La Violina, the meat deserves a place of honor.
The typicas dishes to be enjoyed in Emilia Romagna
Lasagne, are among the most popular Bolognese dishes in the world made with a series of layers of egg pasta rolled with the special pasta making machine, stuffed with Bolognese sauce and béchamel. There are also several variations, some with green pasta, others with vegetables or fish instead of ragù.
Tortelli are among the first traditional dishes, widespread in all the provinces of Emilia. The tortelli have a square shape and can be filled with herbs and ricotta, pumpkin and amaretti, or potatoes. The peculiarity of this dish is the fresh pasta rolled by hand.
The erbazzone is a savory pie typical of Reggio Emilia made with boiled chard, chopped and combined with eggs, onion and Parmigiano Reggiano, it can also be tasted for breakfast and is perfect as part of a Sunday brunch menu.
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