Modena (Mòdna in local dialect from the Etruscan Mutna, then changed into Mutina by the Romans) is famous in the world for being the home of Ferrari, the prestigious car manufacturer based in Maranello, and for the excellent Balsamic Vinegar with its unique and inimitable aroma.

Modena with its province rich in parish churches and Romanesque castles and churches is a real jewel of art and a destination not to be missed when travelling in Emilia Romagna; visitors can admire an excellent Romanesque style and the buildings built during the Estense rule.

The province of Modena is a land that has always loved music and has developed this passion through schools, music institutes, theatres, events, and the love for singing and for the opera. The town’s vocation has nurtured prestigious names like Raina Kabainvanska, Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti: "the Maestro".


THE "Città Castelli Ciliegi" ( CITIES, CASTLES AND CHERRY TREES) wine and dine route

The  "Città Castelli Ciliegi" Wine and Dine Route runs for over two hundred and fifty kilometres in the hills south of the Via Emilia, between the cities of Bologna and Modena. The ancient historical disputes between these two cities have left many traces in these hills still dotted with fortresses and castles. The Route connects the two cities and unfolds in the upper plain at the foot of the hills characterised by cherry tree orchards, then in the hills covered in vineyards and finally up to the chestnut woods of the first spurs of the Apennines.

This is the land of Parmigiano-Reggiano and of the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, of the Mortadella of Bologna and of the famous local cold meats and salami, of the fruit from the plain, of the white truffle from the hills, of the chestnuts from the Apennines and of the famous tortellini.



The Wine and Dine route of the Plain of Modena unfolds in the plain of the province of Modena which is crossed by the Secchia and Panaro rivers where vineyards and the areas of the mid-plain subject to more human impact stretch to the northern valleys.

This is a generous land, cradle of wines like Lambrusco of Sorbara and Salamino of Santa Croce, but also place of origin of many other local products and gastronomic wonders.

The Route is divided into three separate itineraries all developing around the Renaissance town of Carpi.

• The first itinerary starts from the wonders of Carpi and stretches to the remains of the Estense duchy, up to the border with Ferrara among fortresses and riverside villas.

• The second itinerary discovers the natural sanctuaries and many humid areas of the lower plain with the flourishing presence of rice cultivations.

• The third and last itinerary follows the slow flow of the Secchia River across the countryside where the Lambrusco vineyards reign undisputed.

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