Emilia-Romagna...one would call this northern Italian region the capital of food, known for being the birthplace of certain staples like balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, parmesan cheese, and many varieties of pasta like bolognese and tortellini. It is also known for being the home to two of the most renown luxury vehicle brands in the world, Ferrari and Lamborghini. The land is very diverse, ranging from the Apennini mountain range to extensive plains, to the low-lying Po Delta. In this region you will find everything from delicious meals to medieval cities and even Italy's hottest beach clubs along the Adriatic coast like Rimini and Riccione. It's capital of Bologna is home to some of the best medieval and renaissance architecture in the world, along with an 11th century university. Ravenna, another city located closer to the coast is known for being a capital of Byzantine art and architecture, as it was briefly also the capital of the western Roman empire for over 70 years.
Some of the places we will be visiting in this region include: Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini, Parma, Ferrara, Modena, Piacenza, Cesenatico, Reggio Emilia, Comacchio, and Faenza.
Other destinations include: the Lamborghini and Ferrari HQs, the Pomposa Abbey, and tours of the factories of Parma ham, Parmiggiano Reggiano, and Aceto Balsamico.
Foods to eat here are: tagliatelle, tortellini, lasagne verdi, gramigna, garganelli, cappelletti, passatelli, anolini, tortelli, ragù, mortadella, parmigiano reggiano, razza reggiana, prosciutto di parma, culatello di zibello, and aceto balsamico.
The three top wines from this region are Lambrusco, Pignoletto, and Sangiovese di Romagna.
We will be flying into Milan for this tour, so we will also spend a day there.