Our visit to Bologna ended with a visit to the largest food park… in the world – FICO.
Although Bolognese cuisine is not very much different then that of Modena or any other city in Emilia-Romagna, but since it has a long and important part of Italian history, it deserves a text on its own.
With our busy Italian schedule last year, we actually had no more than one day to visit Bologna, so instead of wandering around I booked a free walking tour through a web site called guruwalk. Little did I know at the time that our guide would be a Croatian girl.
What are the chances your tour guide gives you the food recommendation that’s already on your restaurant list? If you have prepared yourself for your food trip, big. And we assure you, Debeli did an excellent job when it came to the selection of the trattorias and osterias in Emilia-Romagna.
While on a post Christmas Sunday prosciutto tour, that we booked with Parma Golosa*, our guide took us to a small village in the northern part of Po valley. The place is probably better known as the birth place of famous Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Fewer people actually knows that Le Roncole is one of the eight villages in the area that makes something very delicious and very precious.
The most recognizable Italian product is probably prosciutto.
During an extended research before our trip to Modena, I was browsing through the map, trying to figure out the best locations for our experience, when a certain village caught my eye.
You have probably heard of balsamic vinegar at some point in your life and you even might use it on a daily basis, but you actually never knew what it’s made of? Is it made of wine? Grapes? White grapes? Red ones? Well, now it’s time to find it all out 🙂
Well, the best way to know the details is to visit a parmigiano factory. And the Emilia-Romagna is full of them. Especially the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, the part of Bologna west of Reno, and Modena (all in Emilia-Romagna) as well as the part of Mantua in Lombardy that lies south of the river Po.
We have eaten, tried and savored more than we had seen in Modena, but that was all part of the plan.