Invest in Emilia-Romagna | Emilia-Romagna region


Emilia-Romagna is a major junction for all infrastructural systems connecting the centre of Europe with southern Italy, northern Europe and countries in the Adriatic and Mediterranean regions. The “Scandinavian-Mediterranean”, “Baltic-Adriatic” and “Mediterranean” corridors connect the region to the Trans-European Transport Network. 

Companies in Emilia-Romagna have wide access to foreign markets both at European and global level. The following map shows figures on foreign trade (imports+exports) in 2015.

The regional transport system covers the entire territory. The following map shows just the main infrastructure.

Map - Main transport infrastructures in Emilia-Romagna

  • Via Emilia, from past to present.

Via Emilia cuts across the region from southeast to northwest. The road is located between the plain and the mountains and follows the same path as an old Roman road. Along Via Emilia we find now most of the main cities, a high concentration of economic activity and the main logistic hubs and junctions (e.g.: Bologna, Modena, Parma and Piacenza).

  • Airports

There are three international airports in Emilia-Romagna: Bologna (the main regional hub for flight transport), Parma and Rimini. In 2015, Bologna Airport handled over 6.9 million passengers. Air transported freight amount to about 3.2 thousand  tons only in July 2016. The average annual increase of passengers at Marconi Airport in the five-year period 2009-2014 was 6.6% (as opposed to the Italian average of 2.9% and the European average of 3.3%). Forlì airport is not active at the moment..

  • Railway network

The regional railway network consists of 1,400 km of track (covering 48.8 Km per 1,000 km2 ). In 2015, 18.2 mln tonnes of goods were transported via rail (total capacity of regional rail freight nodes: 30 mln tonnes), +8.1% than in 2014. Intermodal terminals are spread throughout the region. The main freight villages are in Bologna and Parma (CEPIM). Important hubs are located in Piacenza, Marzaglia (Modena), Villa Selva (Forlì), Ravenna, Bologna S.Donato. The rail route connecting Bologna and Reggio Emilia with Turin, Milan, Florence, Rome and Napoli is served by both high-speed and traditional trains.

  • Regional highways

Regional highways cover 25.7 Km per 1,000 km2, which is slightly higher than the Italian average (22 km). The most important motorways offer a valuable connection to both northern and southern Italy: A1 (Milan-Naples), A13 (Bologna-Padua), A14 (Bologna-Taranto), A15 (Parma-La Spezia), A21 (Turin-Piacenza-Brescia), A22 (Modena-Brenner Pass).

  • Ports

Ravenna port is the most important in the region and is the leader nationwide for raw materials movement in the ceramics, cereals, fertilizers and flour-based products sectors. The regional system of fluvial ports comprises the Emilia Centrale port in Pieve Saliceto, Piacenza dock, several dockages and quays along Ferrara waterways and 4 other ports in Lombardy and Veneto. The region is also very well connected to all the main ports along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts (e.g.: Gioia Tauro, Genoa, etc.).





Rail companies for passenger transport:

Main freight villages/Intermodal centres

Main companies dealing with freight/cargo transportin Emilia-Romagna:


Strumenti personali

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