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Emilia Romagna region is its most popular leisure destination as measured by average number of nights stayed, attracting nearly nine million tourists each year


The name Romagna comes from the Latin name Romània, which originally was the generic name for "land inhabited by Romans", and first appeared on Latin documents in the 5th century. It later took on the more detailed meaning of "territory subjected to Eastern Roman rule", whose citizens called themselves Romans (Romàioi in Greek).

Thus the term Romània came to be used to refer to the territory administered by the Exarchate of Ravenna in contrast to other parts of Northern Italy under Lombard rule, named Langobardia or Lombardy. Romània later became Romandìola in Vulgar Latin, meaning "little Romània", which became Romagna in modern times.

Ravenna’s archbishop seat. From 402-476, the city was the main residence of the Western Roman Emperor. In the following decades was home and Odoacer, Theodoric the Great and his successors, after the reconquest of Italy by Byzantine troops to the city was captured by the Lombards in 751, the center of an Imperial Exarchate.

Historians believe that the settlement during the Gallic invasions since 6 Century BC had developed gradually. Scattered members of the defeated tribes were accustomed at that time on the numerous small islands of the lagoon on the southern edge of the Po Delta estuary to seek refuge. Tourism is an important industry. The seaside resorts of the seaside Lido di Ravenna, Marina di Ravenna, Lido di Classe, etc. have numerous campsites, holiday homes and hotels, as well as extensive nature reserves.

Ravenna is the "capital" of the Romagna. The city was originally directly on the Adriatic. As a result of silting, the distance of the town center from the coast today, about nine kilometers. The harbor is by the Grand Candiano with the coast and the seaside resort of Marina di Ravenna connected.