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Things to do in Emilia-Romagna

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Emilia-Romagna. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Emilia-Romagna attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Emilia-Romagna to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Emilia-Romagna.

  • Abbazia di Nonantola

    An eighth-century monastery with an imposing vaulted interior. More
  • Albinelli

    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 fi... More
  • Azienda Galli Giovanni

    Here, Carla Galli produces some of Modena's best traditional balsamic, aged for a minimum of 12 years in wooden barrels in her attic (warning: a 3.... More
  • Basilica of San Vitale

  • Camera di San Paolo

    Two exquisitely frescoed rooms by Renaissance master and Emilia-Romagna native Antonio da Correggio. More
  • Casa del Formaggio

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

    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 busi... More
  • Galla Placidia

  • Hombre

    An organic Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy (a tour finishes with a sampling of cheeses). More
  • Museo Galleria Ferrari

    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 ... More
  • National Gallery, Parma

    Don't miss the museum's collection of prized Baroque paintings. More
  • Palazzo dei Diamanti

  • Sant'Apollinare in Classe

  • Teatro Regio

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

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