Emilia-Romagna Travel Guide

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).

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).

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.

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.

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

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).

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

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