Emilia-Romagna

Things to do in Emilia-Romagna

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

An eighth-century monastery with an imposing vaulted interior.

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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

Two exquisitely frescoed rooms by Renaissance master and Emilia-Romagna native Antonio da Correggio.

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 3.3-ounce bottle costs $58).

Don't miss the museum's collection of prized Baroque paintings.