In 183 BC the Via Emilia was completed. The main Roman road crossing northern Italy, it led to the colonisation of the valley of the river Po, the bread basket of Italy, known as the Pianura Padana. The agricultural potential of this region made it the most populated and economically successful part of Italy, which it remains today.

Running in a majestic straight line from Piacenza to the coast at Rimini, the Via Emilia connects the cities of ParmaReggio EmiliaModena, and Bologna, all within an hour’s drive of Villa Lugara.