Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy is one of the country's largest regions, comprising two historic areas into one gorgeous center of history and famous for its contribution to Italian foods. It is surely a destination not to be overlooked.
Italy isn't a huge country, but the Emilia-Romagna region spans almost the entire width of the peninsula all by itself. It borders the Adriatic Sea in the east and is only prevented by the narrow strip of Liguria from reaching the opposite coast. It's a primarily flat region, though the Apennine Mountains do run through it. Agriculture is the largest contribution to the economy, which is impressive considering that the region is home to the headquarters of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Ducati.
Emilia-Romagna has three UNESCO sites, and the oldest continuously operating university in the world is in Bologna, the regional capital. This region is also a popular food destination, for example, Modena is the only place where true balsamic vinegar is made, Parma produces both prosciutto and parmigiano-reggiano cheese, and Bologna gave the world tortellini pasta and bolognese sauce. It's a place where everyone eats well.
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