Visit the Motor Valley in Emilia Romagna Italy

According to a CNN article, there are interesting things happening in Italy’s Motor Valley involving a super car.

The phrase “Motor Valley” refers to an area that runs through towns like Modena, Maranello and Bologna. Recently, a CNN correspondent drove with an instructor on a red Ferrari F430 through this area.

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The area is actually a highway with four lanes. It starts near the headquarters for Ferrari in Maranello. During the correspondents drive, they passed police cars several times and had to slow down. The Motor Valley highway actually runs right by several supercar museums and factories.
These include names like Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani and even Ducati which is for motorcycles and is the same sort of thing. Anyone who loves some of the most high performing cars in the world is likely going to like driving through Motor Valley since you get to see so many of these attractions for super car manufacturers.

Ferrari Test drives in Emilia Romagna.

It’s also possible to spend a little over a hundred dollars to get 20 minutes in a high performing car like the F430. And, of course, you can also drive in one of the other cars as well. The prices vary based on which car and how long you want. It goes up to as high as around two thousand dollars or so if you want to drive around for two hours in an F12.

But the truth is, many people do in fact take this opportunity to experience what driving one of these cars is like, even despite the high cost and the small time you get, and this little highway is precisely where they tend to do it.

One of the main places that people visit is the Casa Museo Enzo Ferrari which has a lot of red cars in the brand going from the 50s all the way up through the 70s. The museum shows off a lot of unique models, including some that are available right up into the present day like the FF model.

The museum will also have a 100 year Maserati exhibit as well through January of next year showing off a lot of classic vehicles over the years such at the Zagato from 1932. They actually have the house where the founder, Enzo Ferrari, was born as well, which is right next door the museum.

Apparently it’s not only cars that are at the museum though, there’s also Parmigiano Reggiano cheese available here as well.

Lamborghini

The Museum Lamborghini is also available along this route as well. This area is between Bologna and Modena. There’s also a Lamborghini museum in Funo which is north of Bologna as well. The factory museum for Lamborghini also shows impressive cars such as the 350 GT, including the first production of it. There are also cars that have anti-radar material on them just like Apache helicopters and jet fighters.

The Ferruccio museum has replica cars for 1963 GTV prototypes. As well as a number of boats for racing from Lamborghini as well.

Pagani and Other Museums

Another interesting place to visit along this route is the Pagani factory, though you have to arrange to make this possible ahead of time. In addition, you can check Brescia which has the Migla Museum And you can also visit Turin. But before leaving Modena check out the Panini museum.

The Turin museum has 160 different models from 80 different car companies. These cars are arranged based on things like what they achieved in sports, what sorts of technology they have, what their covers are like, and so on.

The museum actually has cars that go as far back 1892, including the Peugeot Type 3 which predates many famous cars in the United States like the Model T. Additionally, the museum has a lot of unique offerings like a 1952 Alfa Romeo car called the “Flying Saucer,” or “Disco Volante” in English.
Overall, there are a lot of amazing cars to see.

Musa – the First Charcuterie Museum in Italy.

The first charcuterie museum in Italy, “MUSA”, introduces its visitors to multiple aspects, stages and perspectives of traditional meat curing process. Founded in 2013, the three story building is located in Castelnuovo Rangone, Modena, Italy right next to the headquarters of Villani Salami plant – the oldest and biggest regional salami producing company, which has been sustaining the craft of charcuterie producing for over 120 years. Throughout the galleries of the museum building, its multimedia booths, glassy models and other thematic images visitors are brought into the atmosphere of gastronomic heritage and of meat gourmet preparation all across Italy. The itinerary incorporates ten major parts maintaining a balanced mix of the practical side of sliced-ham making along with the spirit and the pride artisans take in their work.

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A Tribute to the History of Charcuterie

With the opening of Museo della Salumeria the commune of Castelnuovo Rangone (MO) pays tribute to the Villani S.p.A – a family-owned charcuterie production business existing since 1886, currently exporting cured meat to over fifty countries around the world. The gallery hallways feature the memorable images of historical tools, techniques and artifacts used in the old times for curing salami, mortadella and many other renowned culinary delights. As time shows, the salami-making process cannot be fully replaced by advanced technologies and modern equipment. The successful combination of novelty coordinated with manual approach and professional human skills is what makes the Italian-made charcuterie a one-of-a-kind delicacy.

Inside the Museum: Aesthetical and Educational Value

The visit course is divided into ten different sections each covering a particular aspect of the meat preparation process: curing, braising, trussing, slicing and more. The 3D crystal mock-ups of trussed meat on display, hanging platters of flowery cold cuts and other descriptive imagery convey the concept and culture of the multistage cooking course. Apart from getting impressed by the appetizing interior design, guests can gain knowledge about the various phases of the famous salami making. Throughout the course of years evolution of the product can be traced; the global tendency of healthy lifestyle in today’s world has imprinted itself in the manufacturing of the cold cuts as well: sliced ham contains less salt and fat complying with international food standards. By following the historical thread of the charcuterie evolution one gets the impression of what stands behind the legendary gastronomic delight: technique and precision side-by-side with passionate appreciation and dedication to work. Visitors expressing real-time interest to the cooking details may be armed with practical knowledge by gaining it from videos, textbooks and other visual aids available in respective halls – guidelines and old recipes are offered for public use.

Tastings and Social Events

Besides getting acquainted with the museum itinerary through texts and films, guests are welcome to take action by participating in guided tours, tastings and social themed gatherings. Gastronomic workshops are available upon request and the production department of salami Villani factory is open for visits as well for groups of at least 10 visitors

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Ferrari Track day in Modena – Autodromo racing track hire for half a day

Exclusive use of The track Autodromo di Modena  – Half a Day activities for a group of 30 people.

by Marcelo Pinto Sunday, May 20th, 2012

drive a ferrari in Modena on the track

Please note that the prices are always all inclusive, mechanics, instructors, Ferrari Challenge tuned for racing, ambulance, insurance and so on

Ferrari Emotions package in Modena in one day

The package offered by allows any fan to make contact with  the last generation  racing cars, The with the help of qualified instructors you will have the opportunity to accomplish, in absolute safety, a few laps trying in progress, the real potential of a car in the GT class racing.

What is Included
Cars  Employed : FERRARI 430 CHALLENGE tuned for racing.

  • theoretical introduction to the sport riding
  • Exercise driving with road cars (vehicle skid control) on paddock area
  • Ferrari Driving (driving two shifts of 4 laps each per guest)
  • It will always be at your disposal a coffee corner with refreshments.
  • Helmet and under helmet for driving
  • Guest insurance
  • Ferrari Insurance (excess € 5,000) terms and condition apply

The team

The team involved in the organization is composed of:

  • 3 instructors dedicated for the activity on the track
  • 2 instructors dedicated at the back of paddock with road cars
  • 1 coordinator / tutoring course
  • 3 + dedicated hostess helping in the preparation
  • 3 qualified mechanics
  • Control Personal of the circuit track and  for the recovery of the vehicles
  • Paramedics with ambulance available

The Ferrari cars employed during the day.

The cars used are:

  • N. 3 Ferrari Challenge Racing 430 laps + and an escort (all cars are red without a sponsor, you can apply a sticker in the bonnet with your sponsors about 30X30 cm.
  • N. 2 cars for road driving exercises

This example offer will include

  • Structures of the circuit exclusive half-day to be scheduled at the necessity of the clients.
  • Assistance on the track with qualified instructors and assistants
  • Racing Ferrari 430 Challenge cars for the day
  • Helmet with intercom and under-helmet.
  • Coffee Corner available all day
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Accident insurance for all participants
  • Ferrari Car insurance
  • Assistance in English or other Languages

Ferrari Challenge

Ferrari challenge in Modena

drive a super car in Modena

 

Tour to the Ferrari Musuems

Casa Museo Enzo Ferrari

Modena has now opened a second museum dedicated to Enzo Ferrari the man who built one of the most iconic car in the world. The museum is just under 10 minutes walk from the station. Casa Enzo Natale museum stands where Enzo’s father rail carriage workshop once was. Also a new building has been designed by Kaplicky to replicate the yellow bonnet of a Ferrari car. Inside the museum you will find a collection of the the early cars that Enzo designed, built and raced, including a model of the very first car made by Enzo that did not have his name yet Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 used to race the Mille Miglia of 1940.  You will also find Maserati and De Tomaso cars in the museum as these marques are also based in Modena (Maserati is actually across the road from the collection) and Enzo was able to inspire other super car builders in the area.

If you are in Modena for one day it is worth to say, that you can also visit at least 2 other museums dedicated to super car. From Modena it is possible to go to Maranello which is the home of Ferrari and on the way it is possible stop at the Panini Collection.

Panini Colletion.

Mr Umberto Panini worked for Maserati as an Engineer and he is also the man behind the football stickers Panini and the organic parmesan farm Hombre. At the car museum it is possible to admire many piece of mechanical art from early Lamborghini and Maserati tractors to  Maserati prototypes to military motorcycles and Lambretta tuned scooters, as well as bicycles  and 50’s style petrol pumps.

Galleria Ferrari and Maranello.

Maranello is about 20 km from Modena, and it is the home of the Ferrari factory since the 1960. It is not actually possible to tour the production lines here as they are reserved only for the owner of the cars. However there is plenty to do here if you are interested in the red cars. First of all you can visit the Galleria Ferrari which is the official museum with collection of many F1 cars and upstairs you will find cars that Ferrari build such as the mighty F40. The management also organises a shuttle bus at 12.30 or 1.30 pm which will actually enter the factory  grounds with a commentary in English.

Super Car Driving experience.

Visitors should really go home without having tried one, Emilia Delizia can organise a test drive with the following cars Ferrari F430 Spider, Ferrari California, Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera other models are also available.

Test drive on the Modena Circuit and incentive travel.

Now that our test drive circuit has now open it is possible to take our guests to drive one of the above model directly on the test track. All the driving will be with one of our English speaking instructors and it will include a public road test drive on the way to the racing track in Modena and 5/6 laps on the circuit. Worth to mention that on certain days or for larger groups it is possible to drive a Ferrari Challenge.

Traditional balsamic vinegar tour in Modena

How to visit a traditional balsamic vinegar producer in Modena – Emilia Romagna – Italy.

Emilia Delizia can take you to tour a traditional ACETAIA as we call the traditional balsamic vinegar producer here in Modena. Most visitors will be surprised by the difference between the “regular” or industrial balsamic vinegar and the DOP traditional balsamic vinegar that it is produced only in private houses in Modena and Reggio Emilia. Traditionally a batch of new balsamic vinegar was only started at the birth of a baby girl and it would become her dowry when she would marry. In the past centuries the aceto balsamico was only used within the family and sometimes given to important guests. It is said that the Duke of Modena had his own important vinegar attic, in his palace, important people would be introduced to the delights of the black gold when visiting Modena by the ducal family. As part of our tours we can take people to visit private villas and houses where this black nectar is still produced in small quantities in the most traditional way.

How Balsamic vinegar is made in Modena.

Traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is made from initially reducing organic grape juice (must) to about 30% by just simmering the product for about 24 hours, this is to increase the sugar content in the juice. It is important to never reach the boiling point  in order to preserve the friendly bacteria that are already present in the liquid. This is done at harvest time between September and October the grape  must is obtained from Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes. To age the vinegar a set of barrel is required. A mother barrel usually the lager in a set of 4,5 or 6 increasingly smaller barrels, all made of different woods such as  acacia, ash, chestnut, mulberry, cherry. From this moment in autumn it will take at least 12 years of painstakingly topping the evaporated must from the last but one barrel to the last one, and the repeating the sequence from the last but two to the last but one and so on until the mother barrel is then topped up with fresh grape must. No vinegar will be drawn for at least 12 years to obtain at least the “younger balsamic vinegar”.

How to use traditional balsamic vinegar.

The tradition wants that the precious black nectar obtained by the natural concentration of the flavours is used as a digestive at the end of the meal. It is best consumed on plastic or ceramic spoon as metal it is very cold and it would lower the sensory experience.

12 years old traditional balsamic vinegar.

It has more acidity than the other vintages and the sweetness is more subtle. You will soon find out that the favours of the woods are felt on different parts of your tongue and mouth. This balsamic vinegar is particularly indicated on fresher cheeses such as ricotta or mozzarella. You can also add to meat or fish dishes. The important that is used sparingly and only added the end of cooking.

The extra old vintage 24 years old traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena

The acidity decreases and the sweetness is more present, but it is not a flat sugary sensation, it is actually very complex. On your tongue you feel the taste of the blended wood tannins  such as the spiciness of juniper or the sweetness of the cherry wood. At this age it is a perfect match for aged cheese such as Parmesan or even for desserts: straberries, chocolate and ice creams.

28 YEARS OLD VINEGAR and over – Only in the Reggio Emilia province.

Only produced and marketed at this age in the Reggio Emilia. At this point the vinegar has lost a lot of its acidity and it the wood and the sweetness becomes even more accentuated, almost like a sweet complex black nectar. It is best consumed at the end of the meal as a digestive. The province of Reggio Emilia is also a producer of Traditional balsamic vinegar due to the proximity to Modena. The tradition was brought in Reggio Emilia as many women were marring across the 2 provinces bringing their dowry with them. During our Balsamic vinegar tour it is possible to visit Reggio Emilia producer and discover the 3 ageing typical of the area. If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia culinary tradition please continue reading here.

Balsamic Vinegar Places You Can Visit On Your Own

If you’re an all-round foodie or just love food, there are some things that you can do during your stay in Italy that are food-related and are sure to enhance your experience. Besides trying out the local cuisine and all the traditional dishes available to you, there are activities you can do to fully immerse in the world of Emilia Romagna’s food. Restaurants are a thing you really cannot miss (you’re bound to end up eating out during your vacation, and there’s plenty of excellent places to choose from), but you can also go to local producers to sample ingredients and dishes made with them for a full-on experience. And while you’re looking through reviews and suggestions from fellow foodies on great places that offer food tasting experiences, don’t forget about other pleasures available to you. For example, wine tasting tours are a great idea – as are tours of balsamic vinegar places.
Balsamic vinegar might just be a condiment, but if you get deeper into the local culture, you’ll discover that balsamic vinegar in Emilia Romagna is a whole different deal: it’s tradition, it’s pride in local ingredients, it’s about employing processing methods passed down through generations. In short, visiting the place of production of balsamic vinegar will give you a glimpse into the history of this part of Italy, and there are several options to choose from when it comes to where you’re supposed to go to have a taste of Emilia Romagna.

Villa San Donnino

Villa San Donnino is located in a liberty-style villa just outside Modena, the birthplace of Balsamic Vinegar, this will be a very picturesque destination if you want to enjoy the history of this product in a suggestive environment. Since the certified DOP Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is produced throughout a very limited and controlled area of Emilia Romagna, it’s something that can truly be sampled only when in this type of location. The Acetaia Villa San Donnino would be a great choice for your balsamic vinegar tasting tour, or shopping and booking through the website is recommended . Once there, you’ll have a chance to see the traditional production methods for the vinegar and taste it paired with great local dishes.

Acetaia Di Giorgio

On their website it’s possible to book a visit to this acetaia (vinegar processing place) to, once again, see how the vinegar is produced, get in touch with the history of this excellent traditional product, sample and purchase DOP Balsamic Vinegar – right at the heart of the beautiful city of Modena. The Acetaia di Giorgio is a tiny balsamic vinegar place, family-owned and with a focus on how the vinegar truly is a legacy passed through the generations.

La Vecchia Dispensa

Another great place you can visit to explore the world of DOP Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is this acetaia, located in Castelvetro di Modena. The acetaia offers guided tours and tastings of different products that can also be purchased at the shop, along with local jams, spirits, wines, sweets and other products from Modena to pair with the vinegar. Mailing the acetaia will allow you to book a tour but also to find out about special events held by La Vecchia Dispensa, such as lunches in the acetaia, cooking classes and hikes through the vineyards.

Acetaia Malpighi

In this acetaia, you will be able to go on a tour of the place, guided by experts, to discover the secrets of the production of this interesting local condiment. During the tour, you’ll learn more about the history of the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, the techniques employed to achieve the final product, and you’ll have a chance to taste the vinegar. Groups of 10 people or more can arrange a special tour, which includes a vinegar and local food tasting, so you’ll be able to sample cold cuts, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, baked goods and wine typical of Modena all in the same package, for an all-round culinary experience.

Acetaia Bompana

Free tastings are held on every opening day in the Acetaia Bompana, and you can book tours if you want to learn about the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, other than just sampling it in all of its amazing shades of taste. The vinegar can be used in many different ways to enhance dishes, or can just be drizzled on a piece of Parmigiano cheese. This acetaia, like the other certified ones in the area of Modena, is the perfect place to sample the excellence of this traditional and local product. Purchasing some balsamic vinegar for yourself at the outlets annexed to the acetaie will guarantee top quality and an unforgettable taste of Modena to bring back home with you.

 

 

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Balsamic vinegar barrels
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Ampules containing balsamic vinegar “Tradizionale” for tasting