Like almost all regions of Italy Emilia Romagna has mountainous areas and flatter areas and offers a wide variety of things to do. The regions is 8,666 square miles in area has 348 towns and a population of 4,433.000. The regions capital city is Bologna with other major cities of Revenna, Modena, Parma and Piacenza.
The regions length from coast to its north western edge is about 83 miles, its average width is 37 miles and has about 42 miles of beaches. Emilia Romagna
shares borders with six other regions of Italy. They are Marche to the south, Tuscany to the southwest, Veneto and Lombardy to the north, Piedmont to the northwest and Liguria to the west. The mountains run from the south east to the north west and split the region in half. Most of the major cities lie to the north of the mountains and most are close the major highways of A14 which runs from the coastal city of Riccione to Bologan then A 1 which goes from Bologna to the regions northern border city of Piacenza. Most of Emilia
Romagna's coastline has useable beaches with only a few areas near reserves that aren't used. The majority of the beaches have beach resorts and about 20 percent are away from resorts and towns. Starting from a little north of the town of Comacchio are the beaches of Nazioni and Pomposa you will have nonstop beaches till you get to the regions southern most beach resort city of Cattolica.
An interesting thing about the region is about 10 miles west of Rimini between the region of Emilia Romagna and the Marches is the tiny country of San Marino. Considered a republic it is only about 24 square miles in area and has a beautiful castle on the top of a mountain with a breathtaking view. This means there is not only one other country inside the Italian borders but two since Vatican City is considered a country as well.