There are many things to see in Emilia Romagna, and a week-end wouldn't be enough. But if you choose to visit this regione, Modena cpould be the perfect place to start your tour.
Modena and its province are an interesting area to discover. The last weekend of September, when days are cooler and terse, food lovers and curious people meet at the Acetaie Aperte. During this event, organized by the Consortium of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, 39 acetaie, the place where traditional vinegar from Modena is produced, open their doors to allow visitors to understand, appreciate and (especially) taste, one of the culinary excellence of Italy, balsamic vinegar, also combined with other local products, primarily the Parmigiano Reggiano.
The tour of Modena starts from the cathedral with its Ghirlandina tower, UNESCO world heritage site. On the religious reliefs of the façade the varios stages of harvest are represented: from the pressing of the grapes to the preparation of the wort.
The cradle of Balsamic Vinegar
The tour continues on the rolling hills of Emilia Romagna, where the producers who belong to the Consortium let you appreciate the differences between the various types of vinegars.
The tradition of producing balsamic vinegar dates back to the ancient Romans who used to cook the grape and drink it for its therapeutic properties. The first acetaie were created in the Este court in Modena, in 1289.
Only in the nineteenth century this elixir crossed the national borders and became one of the symbols of Made in Italy in the world.
If you have been conquered too by this delicious elixir, read more about how to use balsamic vinegar!