Global Perspectives - Italy: Modena

Modena is located in the heart of the region of Emilia, which has a very important food culture. Many famous Italian products come from here: parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar of Modena, mortadella, Parma ham, culatello di Zibello, lasagne, tortellini, tagliatelle, passatelli, cappellacci, lambrusco wine. This food culture made of local products, small producers and a long tradition, can be understood in the context of the local culture and its daily life. Emilia has many historical small cities, mainly pedestrianized, famous for their porticoes, but in Emilia tradition always goes together with innovation. Because of the high number of Universities, many young people live in the area. We’ll discover some of these traditions in the markets and in the piazzas.

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is world famous for its flavor and nutritional values. It is real Parmigiano Reggiano only if it’s produced in a small region around the cities of Parma, Reggio Emilia and Modena (this explains the meaning of its name), because of the unique terrain of this area where a special bacterial fauna can be found. 

The Balsamic Vinegar is a very unique condiment produced in a limited quantity, because it’s  linked to the geographical areas of Modena and Reggio Emilia. It seems in fact, that the special climate of this region, with high thermic shocks between the very hot summers and the cold winters, enables the grape juice to ferment and age in the best conditions according to the traditional methods.

  • History and Food Culture
  • Terrain and Food: Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Factory
  • Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Modena City Center, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Factory, Balsamic Vinegar Production Center  

  • Central Market Modena 
  • Quatro Madonnas Dairy Farm and Factory
  • Malphigi Balsamic Vinegar Producer 

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