Hi, I’m Francesca and I am the creator of this site dedicated to Emilia, the region where I was born and raised. I see myself more as a storyteller than a journalist or communication professional. My passion for writing emerged slowly over the years at the university.
Brought up listening to the notes of the popular song La Ghirlandéina, sung by my father, a passionate opera fan and tenor in the Corale Rossini in Modena, I came to be aware that I was a part of and lived in a wondrous place unique in all the world: Emilia.
I started travelling as a teenager to learn foreign languages, and perhaps it was my constant roaming between England, Germany and Belgium that led me to discover my sense of belonging to Emilia, something I thought I didn’t have. One day, while walking through the fields close to home with my dog, I had the sensation that sooner or later I would be putting pen to paper, expressing my passion in writing.
Emilia, a region that few are familiar with, unless for its wine and food traditions or as home to major car manufacturers, but I can assure you, there is much more to discover in Emilia.
From Piacenza, Parma and Reggio Emilia to Modena, Bologna and Ferrara, it is a constant alternation of landscapes to explore and stories to tell. Stories of a people that has made its land and its cities into poetry to be shared with anyone who wants to stop, even if just for a moment, in this patch of land bordering Lombardy, Tuscany and the Veneto.
Through the stories that I write, my wish is to immortalise and share snapshots of life and places that will remain inscribed in the minds of we travellers.