In addition to grapes, dedication, and time, one of the key ingredients for the production of balsamic vinegar is the barrel or cask in which it is aged. That’s why a visit to a cooper, where you can witness the construction of the barrels that later form part of the “battery” for the preservation and aging of this precious liquid, is a stop we highly recommend.
Next comes an excursion to Modena’s delightful old town center, with an emphasis on good things to eat and drink. One place in particular deserves a visit: the historic Albinelli Market.
A short walk away stands the splendid Modena Cathedral, the Ghirlandina Tower, and Piazza Grande, a complex of buildings that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To learn more about Modena’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a look at the itinerary we’ve created especially on that subject.
Finally, the attic of the Palazzo Comunale houses the Municipal Vinegar Cellar managed by the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Makers’ Guild. Founded in 2003, the vinegar cellar is home to three “batteries” that began producing “refined” balsamic vinegar in 2015 and which will release its premium “mature” vinegar starting in 2028.
Our tour through the marvels of balsamic vinegar ends here, but we have one more tip to help you experience all of the treats the local area has to offer.
If you have time and like spa treatments, extend your visit another day or two and book a stay at the Salvarola Hot Springs.
First stop: Visit to a Cooper (Barrel Maker)
Here you can witness the construction of the barrels that later form part of the “battery” for the preservation and aging of this precious liquid, is a stop we highly recommend.
Second stop: Albinelli Market
There, you can buy fresh, high-quality products in the Modena tradition and perhaps chat with local producers.
A leisurely stroll through its lively food stalls is great fun, and no less welcome is the chance to take a seat at one of the many public tables and enjoy a delicious meal.
Third stop: The UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fourth stop: Salvarola Hot Springs
Try a purifying balsamic-vinegar treatment, a powerful ally of skin beauty as a result of the acetic acid content of balsamic vinegar and its rich concentration of vitamins A, B, and C.
That sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?