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Day 4
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Frequently foggy (due to its location on a plain), this prosperous, lovely city northwest of Bologna has a storied past and a lively present. It's an under-visited gem with a vibrant wine bar scene, terrific food, beautiful art, and a Jewish ghetto well worth exploring.
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  • The massive Castello Estense, former seat of power for the ruling Este family, dominates the center of town. Stroll the ramparts and check out the water jets emanating from the moat.
  • The Palazzo dei Diamanti, completed in 1504, is covered with tiny marble studs that make it glitter like a diamond. Inside is the Pinacoteca Nazionale, a large art museum that frequently hosts major shows.
  • The Museo Ebraico details the long and varied history of the city's Jewish community.
  • Have a drink in Osteria al Brindisi, allegedly Europe's oldest wine bar. Copernicus came here to unwind in the 15th century.

Side Trips

  • Ravenna, 58 mi/93 km to the southeast, merits a day trip for its glittering Byzantine mosaics.

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