Bologna + Emilia-Romagna

Things to do in Bologna + Emilia-Romagna

Soak in thermal baths amid 1920's frescoes, sculptures, and bas-reliefs at this Art Deco spa.

One of Italy's legendary opera houses; its season runs from January to mid-April.

This bakery with Art Nouveau murals serves a delicious crescente (Parmesan-topped focaccia).

The Scene: Home-cooked meals in Italy are a holy grail for any food-obsessed traveler, and thanks to Egeria Di Nallo, a sociology professor from Bologna, that elusive culinary quest is within reach.

Inside, racing lanes map the floor, where a half-dozen Formula One car sit side by side - small, sleek automobiles that resemble spaceships out of Star Wars and are packed with enough advanced technology that they probably operate like them too.