Bologna and Emilia-Romagna
This is the regions for serious foodies of all types. Emilia-Romagna is called Italy’s breadbasket and it’s capital, Bologna, is long considered the gastronomic capital of Italy. Many of the food standards come from this area including Parmigiano Reggiano from Parma, Aceto Balsamico of Modena, Tortellini from Bologna, and pasta sauces like Ragù Bolognese.
Several of the world’s great restaurants and chefs reside here. The Piazza Maggiore in Bologna is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Among the city’s many medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda.