I am in Modena, of course, renowned for traditionally made balsamic vinegar. At the epicenter of Emilia-Romagna, Modena lies between Bologna and Parma on the Via Emilia, the road that has cut a north-south swath through Italy since Roman times.
The proof of the sophistication of the town of Modena is Osteria La
Francescana and chef/owner Massimo Bottura. In 2012, the osteria was named as one of the world's best restaurants.
The dream child of the brothers behind Italy's most famous pasta, Academia Barilla is a cooking school in Parma for professionals and amateurs alike. Read on for details on this not-to-miss experience.
At the new University of
Gastronomic Sciences, or
Università di Scienze Gastronomiche,
in Italy, students learn the science of food. To learn more yourself, read on...
If art museums just aren't doing it for you anymore, head over to Parma to explore the museum of Prosciutto, the museum of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and the museum of tomatoes!
Learn about the city where as a result of
recent legislation, pets are now protected
and pampered like no place else.
The making of gondolas is an age-old tradition and very few craftsmen are trained in the making of these unique
vessels. It is rare for anyone who was not born in Venice to be let in on the construction secrets. We at Dream of Italy have the scoop.
Take a visit to the food capital of the old country and enjoy history, architecture, and great meals at La Braseria and Trattoria Monte Donato. Read on for our expert tips and advice on where to find the best culinary delights and more.
Thinking about heading to Bologna to taste the culinary delights? Here is an in depth exploration of some of our Bolognese favorites - Tortellini in brodo, Tagliatelle con ragu, Lasagne, Bollito misto, and Mascarpone.