The region of Emilia-Romagna, situated in the north of Italy, is one of the most interesting areas when it comes to food. From this region originates many great Italian food products such as mortadella di Bologna, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar and Parma ham. Foodies will be delightfull by the food from this region.
The capital of Emilia-Romagna is Bologna which can be easily reached from every part of Italy by train. The journey from Rome to Bologna by high-speed train takes 2 hours. From Florence you can take a day trip to Bologna as the train journey takes only 30 minutes. The central train station is situated close to the centre of the city.
Emilia-Romagna is a kingdom for fresh made pasta and while here don't skip opportunity to taste some of amazing pasta dishes. Visit local restaurants and taste some of the traditional dishes from the region: tortellini en brodo, tagliatelle al ragu, lasagne verdi or gramigna alla strolghino. In local trattorias you can taste delicious cured meat from the region as well as mortadella salami. The famous dish made of mortadella is spuma di mortadella (mortadella mousse).
Walking down the narrow streets of Bologna you will come across small family shops offering traditional food. While here be sure to buy some of local specialities: a piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, prosciutto di Parma, a bottle of balsamic vinegar, a mortadella salami or a bunch of fresh made pasta (tortellini, tortelloni, tagliatelle, gramigna etc).
For those interesting in learning how to make pasta, attending one of many pasta classes would be a one in a life time experience. Local woman known as sfogline are the keepers of the tradition of hand-made pasta. These women know the secrets of kneading, rolling and making all kind of pastas.
If you want to get to know more about Italian food in one place you should head to FICO Eataly World. This food park in situated just outside the Bologna. You can spend great time here and learn all about the production of Italian food. Learn how the cheese is produces, how pasta is made or the olive oil is produced. Here you can buy a numerous food products or taste a variety of Italian food in 40 different food places across the park.