The Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy is one of the country's largest, comprising two historic areas into one gorgeous center of history and famous Italian foodstuffs. It is, in short, not to be overlooked.
Italy isn't a huge country, but the Emilia-Romagna 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 biggest part of the economy, which is saying something in a region that 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. 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.
Bologna is on the fastest high-speed train routes of both Trenitalia and Italo, making it easy and quick to get in and out of Bologna to other major cities in Italy. Smaller cities and larger towns are also connected by regional trains, with the smallest towns being the ones that are harder to reach via the rail network.
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