Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy
The Provinces of Emilia-Romagna
Provinces of Emilia-Romagna
History - Antiquity
History - the Middle Ages and Modern Times
When the municipal life started to rise again, in the late Middle Ages (13th - 14th centuries) such towns as Bologna, Piacenza, Modena and Reggio enjoyed a remarkable prosperity, also due to the strategic position of the region among the many Italian States of the time and to powerful families, such as the Farnese and Estensi. After being for centuries a constellation of Dukedoms and States, the region was finally united to the newborn Kingdom of Italy in 1860.
The region is Italy's first producer of wheat, sugar-beet and fruit, second producer of barley and soy beans. Another important resource is the raising of pigs, cattle and poultry, with intensive and modern systems, at the basis of the production of world famous "prosciutto" and Parmesan cheese.