Those seeking an Italian holiday often head straight to Rome, Florence, or the Amalfi Coast, ignoring the Emilia Romagna region. But the whole region and the city of Modena in particular is a must-visit for any food-minded travelers. Modena is the perfect starting point from which to explore the hills of Emilia Romagna, known for olive oil, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, mortadella, and more. The region is also known for its filled pastas like tortellini en brodo and lasagna. If you can get a reservation, don't miss the opportunity to eat at chef Massimo Bottura's acclaimed restaurant, Osteria Francescana.