During the Italian Renaissance, the city of Ferrara in Emilia-Romagna was a major hub for artistic masters and great thinkers along the Po River. Today, one of Italy's best kept secrets still enchants with its central Castello Estense, a moated medieval defensive structure with four massive towers, and the Romanesque and Gothic Style Cattedrale di San Giorgio. See where painters from the past found their inspiration as you wander cobblestone streets, trucking into the Museum della Cattedrale to view its collection of illuminated manuscripts, marble tiles and stunning works of art.
Ravenna is also located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy and is connected to the the Adriatic Sea by the Corsini Canal. The city is famed for its buildings that date from the 5th, 6th, and 7th centuries and for the mosaics that decorate many of the interiors. Most notable are the tomb of Galla Placidia; the octagonal baptistery of Archbishop Neon (flourished 5th century), which may have been transformed from a Roman bath; the octagonal Arian Baptistery (5th-6th century); and the Church of San Vitale (consecrated in 547). Ravenna also contains the tombs of the Ostrogothic emperor Theodoric, and of Dante.
The celebrated balsamic vinegar is made only in the Emilian cities of Modena and Reggio Emilia.