A unique part of Italy that offers an intense experience for all the senses: vivid colours, contrasts of light and shade, and characteristic sounds and aromas speak of the warm, welcoming nature of a people, and the land they inhabit.
Take a bike ride along via Emilia in Reggio Emilia and stop in Piazza Prampolini to savour the bustle and dialect-heavy chatter of the locals before delving into the maze of narrow streets with their small, specialist shops and traditional bakeries that fill the air with the aroma of freshly cooked ‘erbazzone’ and ‘gnocco fritto’.
In Modena, where the imposing Torre Ghirlandina dominates the cityscape, the colours red and black are to the fore. These are the colours of Ferrari , and of the city’s famous balsamic vinegar . Prepare to be enchanted by the voice of Pavarotti during a visit to his home, which is now a museum to the great tenor. Indeed, as you explore the art and culture of the city, you are sure to be bewitched, whatever your tastes and preferences.
In Piazza della Pomposa , the epicentre of Modena’s social scene, you can treat yourself to a fine glass of Lambrusco, along with some tasty local cured meats and the region’s famous ‘tigelle’: flavours to warm the soul.
Finally, spend some time among the extraordinary mountain landscapes of the Apennines. Here, the natural beauty of the beech woods and the crystal waters of the lakes will show you the true meaning of peace and tranquillity as you travel along the mountain paths in search of hidden towns and villages, majestic castles and inspiring nature reserves.
Sample some real Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum and learn the story behind the famous ‘prancing horse’ logo
Visit a balsamic vinegar producer and learn the history and customs surrounding the iconic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Visit the museum-home of Luciano Pavarotti
Enjoy a glass of finest Lambrusco sparkling wine, with its balanced, sweet-sour taste
Visit the Sala del Tricolore (‘Hall of the Tricolour’) and the adjoining museum to learn the history of the Italian flag
Make a trip to the distinctive mountain known as the Pietra di Bismantova
Get lost in the surrounding countryside on the thousand hilly panoramic roads
Immerse yourself in the green splendour of the Apennines at the Cerwood Adventure Park
Succumb to the temptations of the local charcuterie, such as coppa, prosciutto, cotechino and cappello del prete