The first time I visited Italy was long before I had this site and I went for a few days alone just to eat. I just walked around and ate and then walked some more and ate. I didn’t go into any museums because what I wanted to see was in the streets and restaurants. I also didn’t feel rushed to see anything because I knew I would return. And I have.
This is my fourth time.
I’ve arrived in Modena to shoot some videos and discover the food of this little city. While it’s famous for its balsamic vinegar and being the home to Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti, it really rests in the shadows of neighboring Bologna and Parma.
In fact, in less than 24 hours people are offering up suggestions that I should spend a day in another city but that’s not how I roll. I came to Modena to see what it’s all about and I’m not leaving – well at least not for a week. Until then, I plan to spend the days eating and walking, eating and walking and then eating and walking some more.
Immediately I noticed there weren’t many cars around, the historic district is a vehicle restricted area so only locals, tourists and some local operators can drive their car in – the remainder use bicycles to get around.
There doesn’t seem to be a tourist area or restaurants I need to avoid because they are solely for tourist. The city isn’t large and so restaurants are for everyone. The market is for everyone. The bars are for everyone.
This is my kind of city.
And what makes Italy so amazing is that from North to South, or even city to city, food can be completely different. Each place has its own dish, its own pasta, its own bread. This is the home of parmigiano reggiano so I’m not going to find burrata here. And I can’t wait to see what else I will find that belongs to Modena Italy- the food that represents this city and the people who make it.