Modena is most famous for two things. Enzo Ferrari and Balsamic Vinegar. Enzo Ferrari started in Modena and soon followed other supercar companies like De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati which are all based around Modena. I was only in Modena for a few hours so I didn’t get the chance to see any of the supercars or go to their factories but I did get the chance to taste the most delicious and most expensive balsamic vinegar I’ve ever tasted at Acetaia di Giorgio.
The balsamic vinegar you’ve probably tasted and most familiar with is the industrial grade type. But the real authentic traditional artisan balsamic vinegar can only be made and produced in Modena and aged for a minimum of 12 years. The really expensive stuff are aged up to 100 years. Before visiting, I had no idea you could age balsamic vinegar and there was such a strong culture for it. It’s difficult to describe the taste but it’s super delicious. Prices in the US range from $100 to $400 for a small bottle which is certainly not cheap.
There are other things Modena is famous for like tortellini, Lambrusco wine, and Parmesan cheese as well.
The town of Modena is quiet and colorful. It made Bologna seem like a huge city compared to Modena. From Bologna, it only takes 30 minutes by train to get there and there’s quite a few of them. If you want to go to Acetaia di Giorgio on a tasting tour, send them an email ahead of time to schedule it.