If you have the opportunity to visit the beautiful area of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy, then don’t pass it up. I had the pleasure of living and working here for four months one summer and it’s a gorgeous area with some of the best food in Italy.
I’m well aware that you can’t go wrong with food in Italy. I stand by the assertion that it is one of the best foods in the world, and definitely the best food in the West, and I’m still saying that after living in Asia. But, if I had to narrow it even further, I truly believe that Emilia-Romagna is home to some of Italy’s best dishes. We’re talking Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar (only ever from Modena), tortelloni and proscuitto, to name just a few, and believe me when I say that the list continues indefinitely. I think even amongst Italians, this area is said to be home to some of the most delicious food Italians have ever created.
But if having some of the best food in Italy isn’t reason enough to visit the area, then consider the gorgeous rolling hills and beautiful cities as well. It’s a hard life. If you’re looking for a medieval Italian city then Bologna is the best one in the region. As a place, it’s pretty compact so quite an easy city to get around, but that’s not to say that it’s not packed with charm and medieval beauty on every corner. There is a long list of things to see and you’ll no doubt stumble upon. But as always, and I especially recommend it with Italy, get lost. Italians have one of the most amazing cultures in the world, and their laidback friendly attitude makes it easy to slip into life here. Don’t be afraid to sit down and watch the world go by over an espresso or an ice cream – or both, because why not?
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