09/15/2014 09:00 am ET Updated Sep 15, 2014

Tasting Bologna

Located in Northern Italy in the region of Emilia Romagna, Bologna is becoming the newest hot spot for culinary travel in Italy. Anchored by balsamic vinegar from Modena, cured meats and the king of cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano, the culture of food can be found in the streets without all of the crowds you will find in Florence, Venice or Rome

There's no better way to explore the streets of Bologna than to spend it with a local who can explain the intricacies of ordering Italian coffee, the authenticity of gelato and where all the locals eat pasta. If you aren't sure where to start simply throw on a pair of comfortable shoes and get lost in the cobblestone streets.