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Emilia–Romagna Travel Guide

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Plan Your Emilia–Romagna Vacation

Gourmets the world over claim that Emilia-Romagna's greatest contribution to humankind has been gastronomic. Birthplace of fettuccine, tortellini, lasagna, prosciutto, and Parmesan cheese, the region has a spectacular culinary tradition. But there are many reasons to come here aside from the desire to be well fed: Parma's Correggio paintings, Giuseppe Verdi's villa at Sant'Agata, the

medieval splendor of Bologna's palaces and Ferrara's alleyways, the rolling hills of the Romagna countryside, and, perhaps foremost, the Byzantine beauty of mosaic-rich Ravenna—glittering as brightly today as it did 1,500 years ago.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The signature food of Emilia This region's food—prosciutto crudo, Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and above all, pasta—makes the trip to Italy worthwhile.
  2. Mosaics that take your breath away The intricate tiles in Ravenna's Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, in brilliantly well-preserved colors, depict vivid portraits and pastoral scenes.
  3. Arguably Europe's oldest wine bar Nicholas Copernicus tippled here while studying at Ferrara's university in the early 1500s; Osteria al Brindisi, in the centro storico (historic center), has been pouring wine since 1435.
  4. The nightlife of Bologna This red-roofed city has had a lively student culture since the university—Europe's oldest—was founded in the late 11th century.
  5. The medieval castles of San Marino Its three castles dramatically perch on a rock more than 3,000 feet above the flat landscape of Romagna.

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Emilia–Romagna Itineraries

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