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.

Le Roncole
Verdi’s birth house
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Slow food and fast cars is a motto of Modena city and no wonder why since some of the most prominent men representing both food and cars were born just there. So if I give you just two words: red and a horse, I’m sure you would be able to make the connection, right?

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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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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If you have read my last post, you could see the real reason of our visit and stay in Modena, but even if Osteria Francescana is not something that would interest you, Modena, I’m sure, would.

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