Modena & Taste of Emilia

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Take a day trip to the town of Modena to discover the history, art and the food specialties of the area

Start your day with a guided visit of Modena from Piazza Roma, with Palazzo Ducale Estense, presently seat of the Military Academy. Move to Via Emilia, the main urban artery since the Roman age. Three monuments on this road have been inscribed in the world heritage list: Piazza Grande, the main square, the Cathedral, and Ghirlandina, the tower that is the symbol of Modena. The Cathedral, which dates back to 1099, is a jewel of Romanesque architecture of this area of the Po valley. The façade shows the magnificent reliefs of the great Romanesque sculptor Wiligelmo. The tour continues on with a visit to Palazzo Comunale, the town hall, where the famous "Secchia Rapita" (stolen bucket) is preserved. The Stolen Bucket is a mock-heroic epic poem by Alessandro Tassoni, based on the real-life event of the same name. it tells of a war between the Italian cities of Modena and Bologna over the possession of a wooden bucket. The tour of Modena ends with the visit to the area of the former Jewish Ghetto, where the historical synagogue rises.
In the afternoon you will continue your tour in the Emilia countryside you will stop at a local farm for a tasting of the mouse food excellence produced in this area such as the Parmigiano Regiano Doc cheese and the Balsamic Vinegar Igp.