Once upon a time, Ferrara was one of Italy’s first modern cities! Back in the 14th and 15th centuries, the Este dynasty, which ruled Ferrara, commissioned major projects of fine art and culture (including literature, cinema, and music). Today, popular sights include the gorgeous Gothic cathedral, majestic castles, and the Renaissance city walls… not to mention, of course, a plate of capellacci di zucca (squash ravioli with a butter and sage sauce), a local specialty of Ferrara. (Here are more foods to try in Emilia-Romagna!).
Aquileia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
A very popular summer destination for northern Italians, Camogli, located approximately 30 minutes from Genoa, is known for its picture-perfect azure beaches, characteristic city center with tromp l’oeil-decorated homes, fresh seafood and local festivals like the Sagra del Pesce (“Feast of the Fish”) and Stella Maris. (Here’s more about Camogli!).