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  Bologna – Bologna is a spot to learn about those mysterious Etruscans that preceded the Romans. The Etruscans were the sea power in the Mediterranean from the 7th-5th century BC and controlled northern Italy. The Etruscans buried their wealth in the tombs, and you can see some of it at the Archeological Museum (Museo Civico Archeologico)
      Bologna has its own leaning towers in the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. At one time, there were nearly two hundred towers in the city. Climb up the Torre degli Asinelli, a 12th century tower listing in the westerly direction.
    Museo Ducati – Want to see where they make those "Superbike" Ducati motorcycles? Tour the factory where they assemble each motorcycle by hand, from the bare engines and parts to finished motorcycles. At the testing facility, bikes are ridden on the dynamometer (standing test track). The museum covers the history of Ducati, from post -WWII to today's World Superbike Champions. Call ahead for reservations – 051 6413 259. (Tour of the factory is in English.)
      The Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico di Bologna, via Valdonica 1/5) traces the history of Jews living around Bologna since the Middle Ages. The Mario Massaccesi National Tin Soldier Museum (via Toscana, 19) is the spot to see toy soldiers, with over 15,000 tiny toy soldiers, and other exhibits.
    Italy in Miniature (Viserba, north of Rimini) – Italia in Miniatura is a theme park where you can see the historical monuments of Italy in miniature. It's the best way to get an overview of the country, literally. Check out the pint size versions of Piazza San Marco in Venice and the Grand Canal, monuments of Florence or St. Peter's in Rome, or have fun on the go-karts, monorail and Pinocchio fairytale ride.
    Acquafan (Riccione, south of Rimini) – On a hot day, when you've had enough high culture, relax in the Acquafan water park. Children's pools, a big wave pool, shows, cafes, grassy areas, kids play areas.
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