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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: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

2. Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private tour as you discover one of the UNESCO heritage cities of Emilia Romagna. Find out how the city is famous for its historical center, for its cuisine (Modena is home to the best restaurant in the world),  for its car manufacturing industry, and the friendly people who live there. Start your walking tour in Piazza Grande which is home to the UNESCO-listed Cathedral and the Ghirlandina. Admire the cathedral with its square and tower, a supreme example of early Romanesque art. Learn about the piazza has existed since the 12th-century, as the political and cultural center of the city. It is on this square that the ancient town hall was built. Then, set off with your guide to explore other corners of Modena and learn about the city's secret. See the City Hall, Duomo Museum, and Ducal Museum. Finally, arrive at the historic market of the city and taste a delicious Italian coffee in the UNESCO-listed heritage square.

Modena: 3-Hour Cooking Class with Three Course Meal

3. 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: Pasta and Tiramisu Class

4. 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.

Parma: Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Tour

5. 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.

From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

6. From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

Experience the best of Modena on this day tour which showcases 3 of the region's best products. Start your tour with a visit to the home of the great maestro Luciano Pavarotti. Enjoy a tour of his house, which has now been converted into a museum. Visit the rooms where he lived and discover more about his life and times. Next, head to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Live the Prancing Horse dream firsthand as you wander around the various exhibitions dedicated to the iconic racing car. Get travel back in time as you explore the racecar's exhilarating history. Finally, discover the history and ancient tradition of the famous "black gold" of Modena with a guided tour of a balsamic vinegar factory. After your tour, enjoy some tastings paired with delicious local delicacies. On the way back to Bologna, stop for lunch at a countryside farmhouse.

Modena: Private Food Tasting and Walking Tour

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Modena: The Art of the Italian Aperitivo with a Local

9. 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: Private Home Cooking Class

10. Modena: Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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4.9 / 5

based on 115 reviews

Really great loving guidance for including a small snack. High quality products. We were even allowed to test the 100-year-old balsamic vinegar. There was never a moment of pressure to buy, but we still took a few products with us. Definitely worth booking.

The tour was very informative and turns you into a little balsamic expert. After that you can buy with the knowledge very good in the attached shop.

The welcome is very warm. The very interesting explanations and the surprising tasting. Real balsamic does not resemble anything we know in France.

What an interesting point to understand what is behind the word "balsamic winegar". I would never think how much work it is!

Vitoria was lovely and kind, the tour was amazing and very interesting! Strongly recommended