This unusual excursion is designed to discover and celebrate aspects of local culture, from the most traditional to the most unusual, that are tied directly to the flowers, plants, and fruit of nature.
If you’re looking for a travel experience that’s out of the ordinary, you’re sure to appreciate this excursion.
Discovering Modena’s UNESCO World Heritage Site
The tour begins in the heart of the city with an exploration of the rare beauty of Modena’s World Heritage Site, established by UNESCO in 1997: the Modena Cathedral, the Ghirlandina Tower, and Piazza Grande.
During your visit, be sure to give yourself time to take in the small details. They may not always be immediate, but they will enrich your experience immeasurably.
In the afternoon, visit a local vinegar cellar and learn all about PDO (protected designation of origin) and PGI (protected geographical indication) balsamic vinegar of Modena.
Your first day is organized around Modena’s history, cultural heritage, and best known culinary specialties.
The Modena Cathedral
On the columns of the Porta Regia, which faces Piazza Grande, look for floral decorations and, on the carved jambs of the Porta della Pescheria (the Fish Market Gate), stop to admire the monthly calendar that marked the time and seasons during the Middle Ages. In the month of April, notice the elegant gentleman who holds a flower in his hand.
Modena - Montagnana di Serramazzoni – Modena
The second day begins in the historical center with a typical Modena breakfast of gnocco fritto (a pastry something like a deep-fried dumpling) and a visit to the splendid Albinelli Market, the symbol of Modena’s culinary traditions.
This immersion in local colors and flavors will prepare you for your next stop in the town of Montagnana di Serramazzoni, where the Museum and Garden of Ornamental Roses is located. This delightful oasis features more than 800 varieties of ornamental roses and hosts a series of very special seasonal events.
For a truly authentic experience, try your hand at preparing dishes that make use of the herbs, plants, and flowers found in the Modena area. You can choose a cooking class or a thematic workshop on a farm in Modena Province. There’s no better way to top off your tour.
Gnocco Fritto for Breakfast and the Albinelli Market
Begin your day like a real Modenese. This authentic experience is a typical way for many of Modena’s residents to start their day. After breakfast, continue to Piazza XX Settembre, a few steps from Modena Cathedral, where the historic Albinelli Market is located. The Albinelli Market is a shrine to Modena’s passion for good food and high-quality ingredients. Dive in for a rich experience of scents, colors, and flavors.