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Emilia-Romagna Region in n central Italy, bordering the Adriatic Sea; the capital is Bologna. It was incorporated in the Kingdom of Italy in 1860. The n part of Emilia-Romagna forms a vast plain. In the s lies the central part of the Apennines, from which flow its main rivers. Agriculture is important, products include cereals, rice, vegetables and dairying. Industries: tourism, motor vehicles, refined petroleum, chemicals. Area: 22,124sq km (8542sq mi). Pop. (1999) 3,959,770.