The region of Emilia-Romagna boasts some of Italy’s most hospitable people, some of its most productive land, some of its fastest vehicles (Ferrari, Ducati, Maserati and Lamborghini) and some of its most soul-satisfying food. Its lush lowlands sow enough agricultural riches to feed a nation and finance an unending production line of lavish products: luxury cars, regal palazzi (mansions), prosperous towns and a gigantic operatic legacy (Verdi and Pavarotti, no less). You can eat like a Roman emperor here, in the birthplace of tagliatelle al ragù, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan. Explore its treasure trove of oft-neglected destinations, such as vibrant Bologna with its photogenic porticoes, Ravenna with its dazzling mosaics or Rimini, the Roman frontier town turned beach resort. Wherever you go, you'll be welcomed with the trademark warmth of Emilia-Romagna's people.