Bologna + Emilia-Romagna

Things to do in Bologna + Emilia-Romagna

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.

An eighth-century monastery with an imposing vaulted interior.

Off the SP486 highway, a small sign for the museum points left, down a long driveway to what looks like a dairy farm. Owned by retired Italian business mogul, Umberto Panini, the Maserati museum showcases these genteel sports cars.

An organic Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy (a tour finishes with a sampling of cheeses).

Parma has an embarrassment of remarkable shops selling salumi, Parmesan, and prepared foods. You’ll never see a tourist in this one.

Do as the Modenese do and visit this covered market (open mornings only). Pick up lunch to go at Panini Schiavoni, a stall with unusual sandwich fillings (smoked swordfish; toasted pine nuts).