When I started planning these surprise birthday trips to Italy, I immediately knew Genova would be high on the list. It’s one of those cities that are both rich in culture and history as well as food and scenery. It’s where the Italians come to vacay and international tourists to eat.

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Although Bolognese cuisine is not very much different then that of Modena or any other city in Emilia-Romagna, but since it has a long and important part of Italian history, it deserves a text on its own.

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With our busy Italian schedule last year, we actually had no more than one day to visit Bologna, so instead of wandering around I booked a free walking tour through a web site called guruwalk. Little did I know at the time that our guide would be a Croatian girl.

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What are the chances your tour guide gives you the food recommendation that’s already on your restaurant list? If you have prepared yourself for your food trip, big. And we assure you, Debeli did an excellent job when it came to the selection of the trattorias and osterias in Emilia-Romagna.

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While on a post Christmas Sunday prosciutto tour, that we booked with Parma Golosa*, our guide took us to a small village in the northern part of Po valley. The place is probably better known as the birth place of famous Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Fewer people actually knows that Le Roncole is one of the eight villages in the area that makes something very delicious and very precious.

Le Roncole
Verdi’s birth house
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Slow food and fast cars is a motto of Modena city and no wonder why since some of the most prominent men representing both food and cars were born just there. So if I give you just two words: red and a horse, I’m sure you would be able to make the connection, right?

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