As one of the leading economic centers in Northern Italy, Parma focuses primarily on food production. World-famous examples of Parma's cuisine include the Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, the Parma ham, Prosciutto di Parma and last but not least the company Barilla , a leading, world-famous company Italian pasta maker. Founded as a Roman colony, the city's history began as early as 184 BC. After frequent changes of power and feuds between different institutions and families, the Duchy of Ducato di Parma, founded in the middle of the 16th century, brought stability to Parma. Today the city, which is located in the southwestern Po Valley, is part of the Emilia-Romagna region. Parma's sights include the neoclassical Teatro Regio and the octagonal baptistery, a Christian baptismal font.
The northern Italian university and industrial city of Modena is the seat of numerous ceramic, cement, leather and food companies as well as one of the centers of Italian engine and vehicle construction technology. Luxury brands such as Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini are located in and around Modena, with museums and test tracks on their company premises. Driving pleasure is breathtaking in Modena! In addition to the history of the automobile, the Modenese are especially proud of the Piazza Grande with its Romanesque cathedral San Geminiano and the 88 m high campanile (Torre Ghirlandia). The latter is also considered the city's landmark. The architectural ensemble has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Also worth mentioning is the Lambrusco , which is known worldwide. The ruby red, slightly foaming wine (frizzante) is pressed in Modena and exported from there all over the world.
Maranello is also a small town in the Emilia-Romagna region, not far from Modena and known for the headquarters of the Ferrari factory and the Formula 1 racing team of the same name. The body forge Carozzeria Scaglietti, which is now part of the Ferrari Group, is also based in Maranello. Visitors will also find the Galleria Ferrari in the city. The museum has an extensive collection of historic Ferrari racing cars. Rare series models, prototypes and Formula 1 racing cars are on display. At the entrance to Maranello there is also the Pista di Fiorano, the Ferrari factory test area.