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On the Road in Italy: An Emilia Romagna Wedding

By Catherine Tsounis

Marta and her bridal veil with Gianni Molinario.

Marta and her bridal veil with Gianni Molinario. Emilia-Romagna is one of the wealthiest and most developed regions in Europe, with the third highest GDP per capita in Italy.[3] Bologna, its capital, has one of Italy's highest quality of life indices[4] and advanced social services. Emilia-Romagna is also a cultural and tourist center, being the home of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world,[5] containing Romanesque and Renaissance cities (such as Modena, Parma and Ferrara), being a Centre for food and automobile production (home of automotive companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani, De Tomaso and Ducati) and having popular coastal resorts such as Cervix, Cesenatico, Rimini and Riccione.

The name Emilia-Romagna is a legacy of Ancient Rome. Emilia derives from the via Emilia, the Roman road connecting Rome to northern Italy, completed in 187 B.C. and named after the consul Marcus Aemilius Lepidus.[6]Romagna derives from Romania, the name of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) applied to Ravenna by the Lombards when the western Empire had ceased to exist and Ravenna was an outpost of the east (540–751).1

We had the pleasure of enjoying tours of Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Marta with husband Gianni Molinario.

Marta with husband Gianni Molinario. Italy. with guide Marta Chirico in Late October 2017. She was married one month prior to our tour with Gianni Molinario. Traditional Italian weddings are masterpieces of elegance. New York City weddings try to replicate Old European customs. Despinasiolas, Md./Ph.D. arranged our private tour of Ravenna’s UNESCO sites with Marta. She shared with us the highlights of her wedding.

Marta’s veil was a circular train with lace on the edges. I have not seen such a veil on young brides. A shoulder length veil with crystals costs about $1200 in New York city. An ankle length veil of quality trimmed lace is probably double, not counting the cost of the gown. I heard the prices are affordable in Ravenna. Its good to know someone in Italy who can help a bride to be purchase a unique gown.

“The name of the Church is Pieve di Santo Stefano Protomartire, she said. “It's in Pisignano, a small village near Cervia.”

Pieve di Santo Stefano Protomartire church.
 Pieve di Santo Stefano Protomartire church. According to some historical sources, the current parish church was rebuilt during the seventeenth century [1] on the remains of a pre-existing building dating back to 1324 [1] and in turn rebuilt on the foundations of an ancient Romanesque religious settlement of the medieval period.2

“We went to the Osteria dei Noci, in Meldola for the L’Osteria dei Noci catering establishment.L’Osteria dei Noci catering establishment.reception,” Marta explained. In the heart of Emilia Romagna, a land of strong culinary flavors and traditions, L ' Osteria dei Noci offers you an innovative yet authentic cuisine in the green hills of Meldola 3 All interested in the wedding photos can visit https://www.facebook.com/lakiry2010-

Our two-day tour with this expert guide ended with a greeting. Thank you again for everything! she said. “It’s been a great pleasure to meet and guide you in Ravenna! I hope we'll keep in touch!” Seeing photos and listening to a description of her wedding was a unique insight into a Northern Italian wedding.


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