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Modena: Markets and Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home

1. Modena: Markets and Cooking Class at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. You can immerse yourself in a private cooking class at the Cesarina's home, where you will learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by local wines. During your lesson, your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, with your Cesarina-guide helping you along the way. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils, and all the ingredients required to make the dishes. After your cooking class, you will of course get to taste everything you have prepared, accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home some handy Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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Modena: Private Home Cooking Class

2. Modena: Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

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From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

3. From Bologna: Balsamic Vinegar, Pavarotti and Ferrari Tour

Experience the best of Modena on this day tour which showcases 3 of the region's best products. Start your tour with a visit to the home of the great maestro Luciano Pavarotti. Enjoy a tour of his house, which has now been converted into a museum. Visit the rooms where he lived and discover more about his life and times. Next, head to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Live the Prancing Horse dream firsthand as you wander around the various exhibitions dedicated to the iconic racing car. Get travel back in time as you explore the racecar's exhilarating history. Finally, discover the history and ancient tradition of the famous "black gold" of Modena with a guided tour of a balsamic vinegar factory. After your tour, enjoy some tastings paired with delicious local delicacies. On the way back to Bologna, stop for lunch at a countryside farmhouse.

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Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

4. Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

Enjoy 1-hour full-immersion experience discovering the history and the tradition of the famous “Black Gold” of Modena. Meet your expert guide who will welcome you and show you the techniques and secrets of a vital cooking ingredient used in kitchens across the world.  At the end of the tour, taste some authentic balsamic vinegar of Modena, accompanied by some local food products and local wine.

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Parma: Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Tour

5. Parma: Modena Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Tour

The tour starts with a view and a walking on the splendid 40-acre vineyards estate, before continuing with a visit of the rooms where this "black gold" is produced, aged, and preserved within ancient wooden barrels. You will then taste 3 traditional balsamic vinegars which are 15, 22, and 28 years old, combined with local delicacies. One of the finest of all food products originating from Emilia Romagna is traditional balsamic vinegar from the Modena and Parma area. It is made only from the Trebbiano grapevine. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia and of Modena is a real jewel for all foodies. It is a unique vinegar-based condiment as it is produced directly from grape juice. The liquid is then placed in wooden barrels and through an oxidation process over several years is transformed into the finest vinegar in the world. At the conclusion of your regional experience, you will be returned to your tour starting point in Parma.

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Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private tour as you discover one of the UNESCO heritage cities of Emilia Romagna. Find out how the city is famous for its historical center, for its cuisine (Modena is home to the best restaurant in the world),  for its car manufacturing industry, and the friendly people who live there. Start your walking tour in Piazza Grande which is home to the UNESCO-listed Cathedral and the Ghirlandina. Admire the cathedral with its square and tower, a supreme example of early Romanesque art. Learn about the piazza has existed since the 12th-century, as the political and cultural center of the city. It is on this square that the ancient town hall was built. Then, set off with your guide to explore other corners of Modena and learn about the city's secret. See the City Hall, Duomo Museum, and Ducal Museum. Finally, arrive at the historic market of the city and taste a delicious Italian coffee in the UNESCO-listed heritage square.

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Modena: 3-Hour Cooking Class with Three Course Meal

7. Modena: 3-Hour Cooking Class with Three Course Meal

Spend the afternoon or evening learning how to cook traditional Italian meals in the home of a chef. Discover what makes Modena the kitchen of Italy as you hear about the region's famous real balsamic vinegar, giant tortellini-stuffed with tantalizing fillings, and sparkling Lambrusco wine. Get insider information about the backstreets of the city, crammed with some of the best restaurants no one's ever heard of. Prepare handmade pasta and other dishes with your host, a gastronome and Italian cuisine lover. Your host has refined a menu of Emilia-Romagna specialties, using products and raw materials from the local market. Get ready to learn some of the secrets of Italian cuisine. Once your cooking class is finished, you and the chef will enjoy the dishes you prepared. Also, learn to pair local recipes with fine Italian wines.

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Reggio Emilia: Balsamic Vinegar Aceto Tasting Experience

8. Reggio Emilia: Balsamic Vinegar Aceto Tasting Experience

Embark on a flavorful journey through one of Italy’s most prized food items: balsamic vinegar. Entering a villa built in in 1700, enjoy an immersive, 40-minute tasting of 2 of the finest vinegars in existence, the unique Aceto Balsamico di Modena I.G.P., and the amazing Aceto balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia D.O.P. With a professional vinegar expert at your side, you’ll learn about the complex production methods that yield fantastically complex vinegar from fresh grapes. Taste young vinegars alongside those that have undergone a closely-monitored 25-year aging process. Be swept away by the romantic atmosphere while you come to a better understanding of the culinary bounty that Italy has to offer.

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Modena: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

9. Modena: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

Join Italy's first and finest network of home cooks. Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Head back to your Cesarina’s home to attend a private cooking demo, as your Cesarina shares the secrets of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, dessert, and drinks. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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From Bologna and Modena: Chianti Experience with Lunch

10. From Bologna and Modena: Chianti Experience with Lunch

Start with pickup at your hotel in either Bologna or Modena. Travel to the hills to the south and west of Bologna, which have been used for wine production for many centuries. With varying soils and microclimates, the wines produced here are remarkably varied. Enjoy the natural beauty of the region and visit 2 different producers of local wines. After sampling the various wines grown in the region, enjoy a lunch in a typical trattoria, made with fresh local products. Following your discovery of the Bologna hills, be returned to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Modena

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 115 reviews

We enjoyed this tour very much. From the minute we were whisked away in the ban, our family of 5 had fun chatting with our wonderful driver. When we arrived, the tour itself included many interesting facts about balsamic vinegar and the production process. We were able to see many different areas of the production facility as well. And of course, the tasting at the end was my favorite part!

We had a fantastic time – Our tour guide Margherita was really amazing – full of information – so accommodating and so friendly it felt like we have known her forever. When we come back we will definitely only use Bologna tours for anything we do in and around the area.

People are friendly, really nice driver on everything. Really to try absolutely

A necessary visit for those who come to Modena to discover local excellence.

Very interesting, and a great and beutiful location