Emilia Romagna is a cultural, economic and tourist center: being the home of the University of Bologna
, the oldest university in the world; containing Romanesque and Renaissance cities (such as Modena, Parma and Ferrara) and the former Roman Empire capital of Ravenna; encompassing eleven UNESCO heritage sites; being a center for food and automobile production (home of automotive companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani, De Tomaso, Dallara, and Ducati); and having popular coastal resorts such as Cervia, Cesenatico, Rimini
and Riccione. In 2018, the Lonely Planet guide named Emilia Romagna
as the best place to see in Europe.