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Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy, is filled with cities rich in art, culture, music, history, fashion, and sports cars. Its food and wine are world-renowned for regional specialties like Lambrusco, prosciutto di Parma, aceto balsamico, and mortadella.
Food historian Francine Segan leads a virtual walk along the ancient Roman byway, Via Emilia, that starts in northern Emilia Romagna and connects some of Italy’s most amazing sights with unique gourmet experiences. Highlights include Bologna, with its medieval towers and tiny tortellini; Modena, home to acclaimed restaurant Osteria Francescana; Parma, a UNESCO World Heritage site, revered for gastronomy; Ferrara, host to the world’s oldest continuous Renaissance Festival, dating back to 1259; and Ravenna, a medieval town known for extraordinary mosaic monuments dating to the 5th and 6th centuries, as well as classic rustic pasta.
The “walk” ends with a tasting of wines and foods courtesy of Emilia-Romagna Tourism and featuring Grana Padano cheese and organic sodas and mineral water from the Galvanina springs in Rimini, famous since ancient Roman times.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)