The Via Emilia

Friday, November 9, 2018 (All day)

Time : 10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE

Tutor: Dr Margaret Knight

Cost: £30 (no coffee or lunch included)

In 187 BC Rome completed a new road, the Via Emilia running for 200 miles between Rimini and Piacenza, the lands around it soon became the most economically important part of Italy, a status they never lost. In the Middle Ages the monasteries of Emilia-Romagna were centres of learning while intellectual life and the arts flourished in the growing cities and in 1088 the first European university was founded at Bologna. From the early Renaissance the courts of the Este at Ferrara, the Farnese at Parma and the Gonzaga at Mantua were cultural power-houses and their patronage produced architecture, painting, sculpture, theatres and great libraries across their territories. This study day takes you from the first Roman colonies along the Via Emilia, their development into vibrant medieval cities, to the courts of the Renaissance lords and finally to the economic triumph of modern Emilia-Romagna.