In Romagna it is very simple to follow the traces of the time. To bring back the enchanting atmosphere and the ancient glory of the Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance it takes only a short trip up to the hills of the Marecchia or Conca Valley. Here, Torriana, Montebello, Verucchio, Gradara, Mondaino, San Leo overlook from their peaks the Adriatic Sea and the mountainous landscape between Romagna and the Marches.
A few kilometres far from Bellaria Igea Marina lies Santarcangelo di Romagna, a very special town considered the jewel of the Marecchia Valley thanks to its fortress, its well-known square and arch dedicated to Pope Garganelli.
On the border between Romagna and the Marches, right in the heart of Malatesta country, the Republic of San Marino overlooks the territory by its three invincible and famous strongholds. Still today it is a sovereign independent state and one of the smallest states in the world. A trip to San Marino is always interesting and amazing for all the family thanks to its enchanting medieval atmosphere.
The many spas that Romagna has to offer are places where you can pamper yourself and experience pure relaxation.
Whether it be immersing yourself in a heated thermal water pool, a whirlpool with exotic essential oils or a purifying aromatic steam bath, a day at the spa always promises to be a relaxing experience and, when in Romagna, can be transformed into a true getaway.
Here are some ideas to get you started with planning your next wellness break, divided into the various provinces.
During the warmer months of the year, why not take time to unwind at the wellness centre with a spa treatment at the Thermae Oasis – Comacchio spa in Lido delle Nazioni? Located on the Ferrara coast, it is surrounded by the natural landscape of the Po Delta Park.
Ravenna boasts two nearby wellness destinations: the Terme di Brisighella and the Terme di Riolo, the latter featuring an entire wing offering national health service-accredited treatments for children.
If you’re considering combining a break on the Emilia-Romagna Riviera with wellness treatments and well-being, the Terme di Cervia, with its saltwater pool you can float in like the Dead Sea, or the Punta Marina Terme, right on the beach, are just what you’re looking for.
Nestled in the Casentinesi Forest National Park, Bagno di Romagna affords three accommodation facilities with spa centres: Ròseo Euroterme Wellness Resort, the Grand Hotel Terme Roseo and the Hotel delle Terme Santa Agnese.
Nature and silence, fascinating traditions and pure beauty: Romagna is home to Sasso Simone and Simoncello Regional Nature Park, situated in the heart of the Montefeltro area. The poet Tonino Guerra called it “a place where the noise of the green waves reaches your ears and gives you a sense of timelessness”.
Fascinating caves, surrounded by sounds from the past, between the Vene del Gesso and Onferno, access gate to the Inferno lauded by the great poet Dante Alighieri. Romagna is home to the National Park of the Casentine Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna, a jewel of unspoilt beauty where, surrounded by wonderful colours and fragrances, visitors can walk through ancient beech woods and nature reserves that maintain the territory’s integrity.
And again the protected area of the regional Po Delta Park, a Unesco MAB Reserve and a unique environment for its extraordinary biodiversity.
Ferrara and Ravenna are the two cities of art that conserve a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, testaments to the history of this region and destinations to be added to the long list of must-see cultural sites that the Italian peninsula has to offer tourists.
Every corner of Emilia-Romagna is pervaded by culture that often speaks of archeology: from the ancient Etruscan finds in cities like Spina, to the great ruins left behind by Ancient Roman domination.
The splendour of Byzantine art, the legacy of Romanesque architecture, the Renaissance of the Duchies and Lordships, as well as the Mannerist and Baroque periods, right up to the late 1800s, have all left their mark on this region, leaving a legacy of undisputed masterpieces in the fields of art, painting, architecture and sculpture.
Visitors will therefore find sites that are unique the world over, which conserve treasures such as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, the historic city centre of Ferrara, the Roman heart of Rimini, the network of the Conti Malatesta between Rimini and Cesena and many other!
But breathe art and culture even in the many small villages that dot the hinterland, along the paths dedicated to the master Giuseppe Verdi or film tourism and browsing among the many types of typical crafts.