Once two regions, Emilia-Romagna stretches from the Adriatic coast almost to the shores of the Mediterranean. A prosperous area with historical cities and thriving industry, it also home to two of Italy’s most famous food exports: Parma ham and parmesan cheese. One of the richest regions of Italy, Emilia and Romagna only became united in 1947. Its landscape is varied, with the flat fields of the northern plain giving way to the forest covered Apennine Mountains in the south. Rimini is a popular summer destination with its sandy beaches, a lively nightlife, an abundance of bars and restaurants plus a charming old quarter with cobbled streets and Roman remains.