Most of the L'emilia Romagna region is made up of the Padovan plain but in the southern region starts the Appenines foothills. Although the Appenines are not as gran as the Dolomiti and Alps there are lots of hidden valleys with small cliffs can be found in an unexpected place, and many·have been bolted for sport climbing.
The largest climbing area is Bismantova on the border of Tuscany and Emilia and Bagnolo climbing site just south of Bologna. The Emilia area is also full of a rich history that resulted from the traffic along the Po river. Apart from Bologna and the other major urban centres the beaches of Romagna have always attracted tourists from home and abroad, (especially the Germans and Northern Europeans).
If you can get to one of the sites I have described: be sure and buy the local guidebook if it is being sold by someone who has bolted routes in the area. The routes I recommend and routes I have tried over the years, I cannot tell you how some of the routes are now since I do not climb at the same level.