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PRESS STATEMENT OF MINISTER PIERO GNUDI

01.06.2012 - 30.06.2012

The Minister for Regional Affairs, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Piero Gnudi, seeks to reassure all those who have planned or are in the process of planning a holiday in the nearby areas

The vast part of the beautiful Emilia-Romagna region, including the Romagna Riviera on the  Adriatic coastline and main cities Bologna and Parma are accessible and safe.  “All touristic infrastructure, including accommodation and other services, are functioning perfectly well,” said Piero GnudiMinister for Regional Affairs, Tourism and Sport

The epicentre and the main damages provoked by the earthquakes that took place on 20 and 29 May are concentrated in the bordering areas of the provinces of Modena, Ferrara, Reggio Emilia and Mantova.

The road and railroad communication routes are all perfectly viable, airports are functioning as usual, as do also all telecommunication lines. Hotels and the accommodation infrastructure in general  operate as normal, and the cultural heritage of which this area is particularly rich of remains accessible as usual.

On www.italia.it and www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it websites all the updates about touristic services. Emilia Romagna lies in the North of Italy, between the River Po to the north and the Apennine mountains to the south.
The variety between the mountains and the sea – it has the longest beach in Europe - offers visitors breathtaking views, wonders for the eyes and for the spirit in a mixture of earthy colors and aromas, seaside happiness, music, cinema and art, all in one region.  

Food wise, the region  is known for the Parma ham and the legendary Parmesan cheese alongside the mortadella eaten in Bologna with the famous piadina bread and the wines, from Gutturnio, produced on the hills of Piacenza, to Trebbiano, Lambrusco, Barbera, Sauvignon and Sangiovese.  Art lovers will enjoy visiting Bologna, Ferrara, a marvellous example of perfect preservation of the Renaissance splendour recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Ravenna, the town of mosaics, and many other places. Emilia Romagna borders the Republic of San Marino.

The epicentres of the 20th and 29th May earthquakes, highlighted with yellow and red stars, are clearly visible in the geographical maps shown.