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Bologna: Capital of Emilia-Romagna

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Bologna vs. Bononia: A Short Journey in Time

Marco Miele

Drone video footage and computer generated "historical" footage of the great city of Bologna are skillfully combined to make this impressive visual collage.  Bologna is Italy's seventh most populous city as of 2018 and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in the north central part of the country.  It was founded by the Etruscans, a civilization which pre-dated the Roman Republic.  Among other honors, the city is home to the oldest university in the world - Bologna University, founded at the end of the 11th century.

San Marino: Italian Microstate

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SAN MARINO - The City of Three Towers

Nathan Jermy

Top contributor Nathan Jermy used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this stunning aerial video of the city-state of San Marino.  This beautiful city is one of the political oddities of Europe.  While it is completely surrounded by Italian territory (specicially, the Emilia-Romaga Region in the north-central part of the country), it is a sovereign country.  Its population of under 35,000 makes it the smallest of the 47 members of the Council of Europe.  Of all the European countries, only Vatican City and Monaco are smaller.  

Canossa and Carpineti: Castle Towns

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Emilia-Romagna: Canossa-Carpineti

Marco Cerbo

Some of the most beautiful sights of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region are in the province of Reggio Emilia, the third-westernmost of the eight provinces which make up the region of northern Italy.  Set in the foothills of the Appenine Mountains, the province is home to some great cultural treasures.  In this video, you'll see the magnificent castle town of Canossa, as well as the town of Carpineti.  Both of these towns lie less than an hour's drive west of the regional capital Bologna.  

Bologna and Ferra

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Misty Northern Italy: Bologna and Ferrara

Ericbartolo

The famed misty hills of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region are on full display here in the magnificent drone video by contributor Rikk08.  The video was shot in two spots: Bologna and Ferrara.  The former is the regional capital, lying in the province of the same name.  It's Italy's seventh largest city, and was one of the largest cities in Europe during the Middle Ages.  Ferrara is the capital of the eponymously named province, which lies in the northeast part of the region, on a branch of the Po River.  

Emilia-Romagna's Famed Misty Hills

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Misty Hills

FedericoC

Contributor FedericoC used a Xiaomi Mi drone to create this beautiful view of the fabled misty hills of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, home to some of the most beautiful countryside landscapes in Italy.  This video was shot near the city of Bologna, the capital and largest city of the region, one of the wealthiest in the country.  Bologna is part of its namesake province near the center of the region, in the area where the plain transitions to the Apennine Mountains which run down much of the "spine" of Italy.

Stunning Church in Camugnano

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Borgo di Vigo in the Municipality of Camugnano

Marco Miele

If you want to know what it is about Italy's Emilia Romagna region which makes it such a draw for tourists around the world, check out this spectacular drone video of the countryside near Camugnano by Marco Miele.  It's in the middle of the southern part of the region, near the border with neighboring Tuscany to the south and west.  Set again the misty valleys of the Apennine Mountains, it's a truly spectacular area.  The "subject" of the video is a church which is perched atop a hill next to a magnificent rock formation.

Sassi di Roccamalatina National Park

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Sassi di Rocca Malatina

FedericoC

Contributor FredricoC used a Xiaomi Mi drone to create this stunning aerial video of one of the most beautiful sights of Italy's Emilio-Romagna region.  The Sassi di Roccamalatina National Park is located in the Appenine Mountains, which run through this province of east-central Italy.  The centerpiece of the park (and the video) are three spectacular rocky peaks, which tower over the Panaro River Valley in the province of Modena.   The Panaro River is a tributary of the Po, one of the most important in Italy.

Rimini: Italy's Adriatic Coast

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Rimini - Bella Italia | Sun, Fun, Joy | Flâneur

flâneur

Contributor Flâneur used a combination of ground and drone footage to create this awesome video of the Italian Adriatic coast environs.  Most of the video was filmed in the port town of Rimini, the capital of the province of the same name.  Rimini is the southernmost of the provinces which makes up Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, which covers most of the northern "boot" section of the country.  The video also features footage of San Marino, a "microstate" which lies just inland from Rimini. 

Landmark in the Appenine Mountains

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Rocchetta Mattei

Marco Miele

In this drone video by contributor Marco Miele, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Rocchetta Mattei, a well known 19th century estate in the Appenine Mountains of the province of Bologna in north-central Italy.  It was the home of Count Cesare Mattei, a well known politician and self-taught doctor who was referenced in the great Russian novel the Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  The fortress-like landmark in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region fell into a ruinous state but was restored and opened to the public in 2015.  

Monte Sillara in the Appenines

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Monte Sillara: DJI Mavic Pro

Mavic67

Contributor Mavic67 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this magnificent aerial view of the area around Monte Sillara in northern Italy.  Monte Sillara is the highest peak in the Appenino sub-range of the Appenine Mountains.  It's located in Parma, the westernmost of the provinces which make up the Emilia-Romagna region.  Near the peak of the 1.8k meter (about 6.1k ft.) mountain are two glacial lakes: Lake Sillara Superiore and the Lake Sillara Inferiore, both of which you'll see in the video.  

Montepastore: Hills of Bologna Province

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Above the Fog: Montepastore, Bologna

Marco Miele

Montepastore is a small town near Bologna, Italy.  Like Bologna, it's part of the Emilia-Romagna region of the country, which covers much of the northern part of the "boot" of Italy.  It's in the hilly-to-mountainous part of the province, in the Appenine Mountains which run in a series of chains down much of central Italy.  The town has a population of about 500.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this magnificent landscape, on a glorious day when the hilltops are covered in fog.  

Castle Town in Reggio Emilia

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Terre di Canossa

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Contributor Mark59 created this stunning drone video of Canossa, a castle town in the province of Reggio Emilia in north-central Italy.  The 10th century castle is the site of one of the most famous events of the Middle Ages.  In January, 1077, Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV arrived here after a long trek to meet with Pope Gregory VII, who was a guest at the castle.  Seeking a reversal of his ex-communication, he was forced to stand in the snow at the castle gates for three days before being granted an audience.

Dronelapse in the Hills of Parma

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Drone Hyperlapse: Stadirano, Parma

lucaradici

For a taste of the fantastic hilly countryside of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, look no further than this drone video by Lucaradici.  He used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to aerially capture the area's famously beautiful rolling hills.  With some skillful dronelapse editing, you'll get a picture of the countryside near the city of Parma.  The city is the capital of the province of the same name, which lies in the north-central part of the region, not far from the border with the neighboring region of Lombardy to the north.  

Dozza, Province of Bologna

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The Emilia-Romagna Hills in the Dozza-Imolese Area

Marco Miele

In this video from contributor and drone pilot Marco Miele, you'll get a new perspective on the fabled misty hills of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region.  The video was shot from a a drone descending through the clouds in the area around Dozza, in the province of Bologna.  The town is located to the southwest of the eponymously named provincial capital, along the SS9 motorway.  It's in a portion of the province which is in the foothills of the Appenine Mountains, the main peaks of which lie to the southwest.

Winter in the Appenines

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Afternoon on the Snowy Bolognese Appenine Mountains

Marco Miele

While Italy's Appenine Mountains may not be the tallest in the country, their serene beauty certainly puts them on an equal footing with ranges to their north.  The Appenines actually consists of several chains of related mountains which run down the length of Italy to its "boot".  The northernmost chain runs in a northwest-to-southeast axis, crossing through a number of provinces.  In this video from Marco Miele, you'll get a bird's eye view of the snow-covered Appenines in the province of Bologna.

Climbing at Pietra di Bismantova

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DJI Mavic Pro Climbers

Mavic67

Here is a spectacular aerial video of some climbers tackling one of Italy's best-known rock climbing spots.  It's called Pietra di Bismantova, and it's what's known as an inselberg - basically, an isolated rock formation.  It's located in the north-central part of the country, in the province of Reggio Emilia which is part of the Emilia-Romagna Region.  It certainly hasn't hurt that this giant plateau earned mention in Dante's Divine Comedy, perhaps the single most well known work of medieval literature.  

Passo del Cirone: Connecting ER to Tuscany

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DJI Mavic pro Passo del Cirone

Mavic67

Here's an awesome aerial view of a pass through the Appenine Mountains in northern Italy, compliments of contributor and drone pilot Mavic67.  Cirone is a pass through the Italian Appenines, a mountain range that runs most of the way down the spine of the country in a series of chains or sub-ranges.  In this particular spot, the pass connects two of the country's most important regions: Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna.  The two regions share a long border which sits over the Appenine peaks for the most part.  

Churches in the Hills of Bologna

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San Luca & Santa Cecilia (Bologna) Italy-4K

enricocif

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca sits on top of the hills in Bologna, the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna Region of northern Italy. Built in the Baroque style and opened in 1765, the site was home to a different church or chapel for over a thousand years before the current church was commissioned. Drone pilot enricocif does a splendid job of showing the unique and historic cathedral from above in this aerial piece, which also features footage of the nearby Oratory of Saints Cecilia and Valeriano.

Bologna's Church of Madonna de San Luca

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Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca (Bologna) Italy

enricocif

Check out this drone's eye view of a well-known church overlooking the city of Bologna, Italy.  Shot by contributor enricoocif, the video beautifully captures the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.  The church sits atop a hill called Monte della Guardia, about 300 meters (around 1k ft.) above the capital city of the Emilia-Romagna region of north-central Italy.  The church was built in the early 18th century on the hill, which had been the site of an earlier church for hundreds of years.  

Modena's Castello di Montecuccolo

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Il Castello di Montecuccolo e il ponte di Olina

Luca T.

The southern parts of the Emilia-Romagna region of north central Italy sit in the foothills of the Appenine Mountains.  Due to the exposure from potential invasions through the mountains, fortified outposts were built in areas thought to be strategically important for defensive purposes.  One of these is the Castello di Montecuccolo, which you'll see here in this drone video by Luca T.  Located in the Modena province (roughly in the middle of the ER region), the castle features an 11th century watchtower.  

Modena: Sassi di Roccamalatina

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I Sassi di Roccamalatina

Luca T.

Contributor Luca T created this beautiful aerial view of a park in the Appenine Mountains of central Italy.  It's called the Regional Park of the Sassi di Roccamalatina, and it's located in the Modena province of the Emilia-Romagna region, in the east-central part of the country.  The park is located in a part of the region where the plains gradually transition first to the Appenine foothills and then to the mountains themselves.  The video features some amazing footage of the gigantic rock formations which have made the region famous.  

Bologna's Karst Outcrops

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"Parco della Abbadessa e Castello Machiavelli- Bologna - Italy

enricocif

The city of Bologna is considered one of the great cultural treasures of Italy.  It's the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in the north-central part of the country.  What's less appreciated though is the areas just outside of the city which are home to some of the world's most unusual rock formations.  In this drone video by enricocif, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Parco della Abbadessa e Castello Machiavelli.  The park sits in the hills outside of the city, in the heart of a series of very large and distinctive looking granite outcrops.  

Hyperlapse from Parma

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DJI Inspire 2 hyperlapse

lucaradici

Check out this short-but-stunning dronelapse sequence from northern Italy, compliments of contributor lucadadici.  He used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create an amazing 30 second shot over the hills of Parma.  Parma is one of the nine provinces which make up the region of Emilia-Romagna that covers much of the northern part of the "boot" of Italy.  Like most of the other ER provinces, its southern portion is covered by the Appenine Mountains, which form the natural boundary with Tuscany.  

The Abbey of Monteveglio, Metropolitan Bologna

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Abbazia di Monteveglio "Sanctuary of Santa Maria Assunta"Italy"4K

enricocif

Check out this drone video of a well known monastery near the city of Bologna in northern Italy, compliments of contributor enricocif.  It's called the Abbey of Monteveglio (Abbazia di Monteveglio Sanctuario), and it's located in the town of Valsamoggia just to the west of the great university city.  The current structure dates to the 11th and 12th centuries, although the original monastery was likely considerably older.  Originally built for the Augustinian order, it now houses Franciscan monks.  

Village of Sestola, Modena

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Sestola (Modena) - Agosto 2019

Carlo TRC TV

Some of the most beautiful areas of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region are in the foothills of the Appenine Mountains, which form the southern bounday of the region with Tuscany.  In this drone video, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of these towns: Sestola, which is located in the southern part of the Modena province.  The video features footage of the village's 16th century hilltop fortress as well as its San Nicola di Bari church.  It lies in the foothills of Monte Cimone, the highest of the Northern Appenines.  

Vignola, Modena Province

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Vignola (Modena)

Carlo TRC TV

Contributor Carlo TRC TV created this stunning aerial video of a commune in the Modena province of north central Italy.  Vignola is situated in the southern part of the province (which is part of the Emilia-Romagna region) near an old road connecting Parma to Bologna.  The video features footage of the commune's most well known sights, including the its 12th century castle, the Palazzo dei Contrari, the Palazzo Boncompagni (sometimes called the Palazzo Barozzi), and Torre Galvani.  

Rivalta Castle, Piacenza

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Castello di Rivalta

Luca T.

Contributor Luca T. created this nice aerial view of Rivalta Castle in northern Italy.  It's located in Piacenza, which is the westernmost province of the Emilia-Romagna region.  The castle is situated in an town of the same name a short distance to the southwest of the provincial capital city, on the banks of the Trebbia River.  The castle dates to the 11th century, and was rebuilt as a baronial estate in the 15th century.  The great landmark lies in the foothills of the Appenine Mountains. 

Corno alle Scale, Appenines

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Corno alle Scale - thaw 2019

Marco Miele

Check out this beautiful drone video from the Italian Appenine Mountains, compliments of contributor Marco Miele.  It's the area around Corno all Scale, a mountain in the Emilia-Romagna region which sits roughly halfway between the ER capital city of Bologna and Florence in neighboring Tuscany.  The mountain has a peak altitude of just under 2k meters (around 6.5k ft.).  The Appenine chain runs on a northwest-to-southeast axis and forms the boundary between the two regions.

Monte Cimone, Modena Province

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Monte Cimone (Emilia Romagna)

Carlo TRC TV

Italy's Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna regions are divided by the Northern Appenine Mountains, part of the broader Appenine chain that runs down the spine of the country.  The tallest of the Northern Appenines is Monte Cimone, which lies in the ER province of Modena.  The mountain has a peak elevation of just over 2.15k meters, or about 7.1k ft. above sea level.  A popular skiing destination in winter, it's a sea of green in the warmer months, as you'll see in this drone video by contributor and pilot Carlo TRC TV.  

Dozza Castle, Bologna Province

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Rocca Sforzesca di Dozza (Bo) Italy - 4K

enricocif

Check out this drone video of a well known hilltop castle town in the Bologna province of north-central Italy.  The town is called Dozza, and the castle which is situated adjacent to it is called Dozza Castle (Rocca Sforzesca di Dozza).  Most of the castle's structure dates to the 13th century.  Originally a fortification, the structure was converted into a residence and granted to a Cardinal by Pope Clement VII in the 16th century.  The castle has been owned by the town since the 1960's.  

Fortress of Modigliana, Forlì-Cesena

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Portico S. Benedetto-Modigliana - Emilia Romagna , Italy

Marco Miele

Contributor Marco Miele created this excellent drone video of a well-known medieval fortress in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.  It's called the Fortress of the Conti Guidi, also known as the Roccaccia, and it's in the town of Modigliana in the province of Forlì-Cesena, one of the easternmost of the ER provinces.  The fortress dates to the 9th or 10th century AD.  The video also features some great footage of the well-preserved town of Modigliana, which lies beneath the ruined fortress.

Sestola's 16th Century Fortress

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The Castle of Sestola

Marco Miele

Contributor Marco Miele created this excellent drone video of a fortress in the mountains of north-central Italy.  It's situated in the town of Sestola, in the province of Modena.  Sestola is in the southern part of the province, one of the eight which make up the Emilia-Romagna region.  The town is set in the foothills of the Appenine Mountains, which form the border between the Emilia-Romagna and Regions.  Built to replace an earlier fortification, the current fortress structure dates to the 16th century.

Palazzo in Ravenna

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aerial view of Palazzo San Giacomo, Russi (RA)

FedericoC

Contributor FredericoC used a Xiaomi Mi drone to create this beautiful drone video of a famous palazzo (manor) in Ravenna, the easternmost of the eight provinces which make up the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.  The Palazzo San Giacomo (not to be confused with a structure of the same name near Naples) is located about 15 km or around 10 mi. southwest of the provincial capital city, also called Ravenna.  Built by a count in the 17th century, it was one of Ravenna's grandest manors.

Two Castles in Piacenza

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Castles of Italy: Il Piacentino: Castello di Vigoleno, Castell'Arquato, landscape and Villa in 5K

electriclife

Here's a great aerial video of two important castles in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, compliments of contributor electriclife.  Both are in Piacenza, the westernmost province of the ER region.  The first is the 11th-12th century Castle of Vigoleno, which is located in the commune of Vernasca.  In the 1980's it was used as a filming location for the movie Lady Hawke starring Michelle Pfeiffer.  The second landmark is the Castell'Arquato.  Located about 30 km (around 20 mi.) from the first castle, it dates to the 10th century.  

Modena's Castelvetro di Modena

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Castelvetro di Modena (Drone 4K)

Luca T.

Contributor Luca T. brings us this outstanding drone video of  town in the Emilia Romagna region of north-central Italy.  It's called Castelvetro di Modena, and it's in Modena, one of the eight provinces (plus the Metropolitan City of Bologna) which make up the ER region.  The video features footage of the top sights of the town, including the Sanctuary of Puianello, the Castle of Levizzano Rangone, the Oratory of St Michael, and the Gothic-style church of Santi Senesio e Teopompo.

Fortified Town in Piacenza

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CASTELLO DI VIGOLENO 360° | Italy \ travel

Kingdronematto

Check out this drone video of a fortified town in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, compliments of content creator and pilot Kingdronematto.  It's called the Castle of Vigoleno and it's in Piacenza, one of the eight provinces of the ER region.  The town dates to the 12th century, when it occupied an important spot on the road to Parma in the neighboring province of the same name.  It's considered one of the best-preserved examples of a medieval era fortified village in the region.  

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