Modena Food & drinks

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Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

1. Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

Enjoy 1-hour full-immersion experience discovering the history and the tradition of the famous “Black Gold” of Modena. Meet your expert guide who will welcome you and show you the techniques and secrets of a vital cooking ingredient used in kitchens across the world.  At the end of the tour, taste some authentic balsamic vinegar of Modena, accompanied by some local food products and local wine.

Modena: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

2. Modena: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

Join Italy's first and finest network of home cooks. Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Head back to your Cesarina’s home to attend a private cooking demo, as your Cesarina shares the secrets of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, dessert, and drinks. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Parma: Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

3. Parma: Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Hak, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena, head to Italy's food capital declared as UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy since 2015. Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit the historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, get up close to the production of the famous Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following the Parma Ham factory, your driver will take you to a local restaurant famous for its regional dishes. Here you can enjoy a two-course lunch, including water and wine. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

Modena: Private Food Tasting and Walking Tour

4. Modena: Private Food Tasting and Walking Tour

Experience the Emilian jewel of Modena and walk through the many beautiful attractions. Appreciate unique art at the UNESCO Heritage sites of the Modena Cathedral and Ghirlandina Tower. Partake in three different food tastings that make you beg for more and enjoy lunch at a typical Trattoria. Begin the guided walk through the city at Piazza Grande, known for its rich civic history, including the burial of the Patron Saint Geminiano in 397 AD. Stop and taste typical products of Modena and combine art with good food before reaching the Modena Cathedral. Admire the stunning frescoes and delicate marble. Appreciate the intricate art of the 15th and 16th century, and feel the presence of both the holy and the profane in the architecture of the structure. Discover the symbol of elegance in the city, the Ghirlandina tower. Learn the important civic purpose of this original bell tower, and hear the bells that marked the rhythm of city life in its foundation. Finish the tour with a traditional lunch at a typical Italian Trattoria. Take the chance to order more of the flavors tried during the walk and speak about the amazing history of Modena.

From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

5. From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

This tour from Florence shows you how Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and prosciutto ham are produced. Visit regional factories and estates and taste products unique to the region of Emilia-Romagna. Enjoy a typical traditional lunch entirely made with fresh, 0 km ingredients. Start your trip by stepping back in time and learn how Parmigiano Reggiano is produced at a biological caseificio (cheese factory). Find out why the provinces of Parma, Modena, and Reggio Emilia are the only ones that can produce authentic Parmigiano Reggiano. Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano Reggiano, then head to the aging room. Admire the rows upon rows of cheese wheels and inhale their sweet scent. Taste various types of Parmesan cheese and ricotta paired with local products. Next, head towards an acetaia (balsamic vinegar factory), where you will serve a multi-course lunch typical of the Emilia-Romagna region. You will learn about balsamic vinegar-food pairing. Every served dish is carefully paired with several varieties of balsamic vinegar. After lunch, join a private tour of the estate and its cellars. Receive a full introduction into the balsamic vinegar making process, from the pressing of the grapes and cooking the wort in the boiler to the filtration and mixing process. Taste different types of balsamic vinegar, such as “Tradizionale” and “Extravecchio." Then, head to a prosciuttificio (prosciutto factory). You will tour the factory, visit the production rooms, and understand how ham processing works. Conclude your tour at a tasting of their products: hams both raw and cooked, such as culatta, lardo, salami, prosciutto cotto, prosciutto al tartufo. The cold-cuts will be accompanied by a typical bread from Emilia-Romagna called crescentine, or tigelle. Head back to Florence.

Parma: Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Tour

6. Parma: Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Tour

The tour starts with a view and a walking on the splendid 40-acre vineyards estate, before continuing with a visit of the rooms where this "black gold" is produced, aged, and preserved within ancient wooden barrels. You will then taste 3 traditional balsamic vinegars which are 15, 22, and 28 years old, combined with local delicacies. One of the finest of all food products originating from Emilia Romagna is traditional balsamic vinegar from the Modena and Parma area. It is made only from the Trebbiano grapevine. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia and of Modena is a real jewel for all foodies. It is a unique vinegar-based condiment as it is produced directly from grape juice. The liquid is then placed in wooden barrels and through an oxidation process over several years is transformed into the finest vinegar in the world. At the conclusion of your regional experience, you will be returned to your tour starting point in Parma.

Modena: The Art of the Italian Aperitivo with a Local

7. Modena: The Art of the Italian Aperitivo with a Local

Your day is just winding down, the sun's about to set, it is time for an aperitivo. This glamorous Italian tradition is loved all over the world, and this is your chance to learn how to prepare it for yourself, the perfect souvenir. Preparing the perfect aperitivo is an art. you will learn how to prepare a selection of five elegant nibbles to pair with a refreshing glass of fizz, ideal for sharing with friends in the early evening. Your aperitivo will be a bite-size representation of its local culture, using typical regional ingredients and local wines, such as a sparkling prosecco or a light red.

Modena: Pasta and Tiramisu Class

8. Modena: Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Modena: 3-Hour Cooking Class with Three Course Meal

9. Modena: 3-Hour Cooking Class with Three Course Meal

Spend the afternoon or evening learning how to cook traditional Italian meals in the home of a chef. Discover what makes Modena the kitchen of Italy as you hear about the region's famous real balsamic vinegar, giant tortellini-stuffed with tantalizing fillings, and sparkling Lambrusco wine. Get insider information about the backstreets of the city, crammed with some of the best restaurants no one's ever heard of. Prepare handmade pasta and other dishes with your host, a gastronome and Italian cuisine lover. Your host has refined a menu of Emilia-Romagna specialties, using products and raw materials from the local market. Get ready to learn some of the secrets of Italian cuisine. Once your cooking class is finished, you and the chef will enjoy the dishes you prepared. Also, learn to pair local recipes with fine Italian wines.

Modena: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

10. Modena: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home and learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes, tasting the fruit of your labour accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes, as well as the Cesarina's expertise, of course.

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Incredible tour of an authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and a wonderful tour of a family owned Parma Ham factory in the hills. Our driver Francesco was very friendly, professional, and polite offering dinner suggestions on the way home. Everyone from both factories were very friendly and welcoming as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours and loved the traditional Italian lunch that followed. Highly recommend

Excellent tour. It was a private tour, and we could move along at our own pace. Bel was our driver and guide. Extremely helpful, very knowledgable. Take a private tour if you can. It is worth every cent we paid for. So much so that we cancelled one of those big group tours, and had Bel again to bring us to Cinque Terre. Once again, she did not fail us. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Everything that was advertised and more. Taken to esteemed balsamic vinegar producer. Local guide was excellent and the product was wonderful.

Interesting, also from the history and the museum! Learned a lot about and from Lambrusco, especially the new Lambrusco. great guide!

Gracious hosts with lots of family history and heritage to share. The food was fantastic.