Top Reasons to Go

The signature food of Emilia: This region's food—prosciutto crudo, Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, and above all, pasta—makes the trip to Italy worthwhile.

Mosaics that take your breath away: The intricate tiles in Ravenna's Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, in brilliantly well-preserved colors, depict vivid portraits and pastoral scenes.

Arguably Europe's oldest wine bar: Nicholas Copernicus tippled here while studying at Ferrara's university in the early 1500s—Osteria al Brindisi, in the historic center, has been pouring wine since 1435.

The nightlife of Bologna: This red-roof city has had a lively student culture since the university—Europe's oldest—was founded in the late 11th century.

The medieval castles of San Marino: Its three castles dramatically perch on a rock more than 3,000 feet above the flat landscape of Romagna.

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