The most famous vinegar is the balsamic vinegar of Modena but also most confusing when buying, due to confusing information on the labels and large price differences. The big difference is between the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena – very expensive and aged in wooden barrels for at least 12 years, and the regular balsamic vinegar of Modena, which may be produced by cheap industrial methods.
Modena is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, located between Parma and Bologna.
Bologna is the 7th largest city in Italy, with population of about 380k, and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. This region is south of Lombardia (Milan) and Veneto (Venice), and north-east of Toscana (Florence). Bologna is just about 100 km north of Florence.
Bologna is considered the culinary capital of Italy. Several traditional Italian dishes trace their origin to Bologna. The most famous and worldwide know is of course the sauce Bolognese made with minced beef. Three other world famous foods from the Bologna region are the balsamic vinegar of Modena, the Parmesan cheese – Parmigiano-Reggiano, and the Parma ham – Prosciutto de Parma.
Here on the picture , the aerial view of Piazza Maggiore, the heart of Bologna since the medieval times.
Fusilli is a type of Italian pasta in the corkscrew shape.