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Emilia Romagna: An Italian Food Lover’s Paradise

Italy is a country well known for its history and romance, as well as architecture, art, and landscapes, but it’s best known for its food. Few people dream of Italy without conjuring up images of thin crust pizza, plates of perfectly cured meats and hand cut cheeses, bowls of homemade, al dente pasta drenched in a decadent butter sauce with mounds of rich and flavorful gelato…sigh. There is a reason people travel from around the world to sample Italy’s cuisine, and nowhere is this truer than in Emilia Romagna, a region in northern Italy that is considered by most to be the food capital of the world.

6. Bologna

Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, is a university town filled to the brim with little cafes, farmer’s markets, street vendors and classy restaurants. The culture in this city is world class, as is the pasta. Famous here are dishes like brown butter tortellini, (seemingly) 12-layered meat lasagne, and parmesan and balsamic vinegar dusted tagliatelle. You can spend days exploring all the history and culture Bologna has to offer, simply giving you more time to indulge in the aperitivos, like the pizza, wine, pasta- and everything that makes Bologna The Food Capital and the gastronomic hub of the world.

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