Bologna and Cesena are located in the Emilia-Romagna Region, one of the wealthiest and most developed regions in Europe, with the third highest GDP per capita in Italy. Its unique attractions – historical, cultural, artistic, social, industrial and economic – provide visitors with an authentic, all-round experience of the Italian lifestyle.

The region’s brand – Via Emilia - Experience the Italian lifestyle – encompasses the incredible regional specialities of the Food Valley, some of the world’s biggest names in motor-racing, UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites and active holidays in the Wellness Valley (including hiking, cycling and golf). Stretching from the ski slopes of the Apennine Mountains to the theme parks and beaches of the Adriatic Riviera, the region boasts a wealth of art cities, historic villages, castles and spa towns, as well as forests, gently rolling countryside and fantastic shopping.

The economic system’s strong commitment to innovation:

  • the number of R&D personnel as a percentage of the working population is
    higher than the Italian average
  • Emilia-Romagna exceeds Italian and EU28 averages in terms of patent applications per million inhabitants (EPO 2014)
  • the number of Science & Technology graduates in the region per 1,000 inhabitants aged 20-29 is higher than Italian and Europeanaverages

The regional university system is composed of the universities of BolognaModena and Reggio EmiliaFerrara and Parma, with decentralized campuses in the other main cities. In addition, Piacenza is home to the private Catholic University and Milan Polytechnic.

Cutting across all the region’s production chains, the Emilia-Romagna mechanics industry develops process and product innovations that are essential for specific industrial fields. Strongly linked to the craft tradition, this is evident in local production vocations and the presence of some leading historical companies.

From Piacenza to Rimini, from food processing to automotive design and manufacturing, there are plenty of world-class examples of excellence in the region: food processing machinery in Parmaagricultural machinesautomotive design and manufacturingoil hydraulics and electro-medical equipment from Modena to Bolognaceramic machinery in Sassuolo and Imolafood storage and cold-chain systems in Romagna and ship building in Ravenna and the other maritime provinces.

Living Bologna

Services, places, events: a guide useful to know and live the City of Bologna.

Cesena town

Living Cesena

Services, places, events: a guide to the city of Cesena.