Emilia Romagna is world-famous for many reasons, from its vocation for two- and four-wheelers to great figures such as Pavarotti and the poet Ariosto, from entertainment to monuments. But you cannot say Emilia without your mind running to the table, to the trattorias and recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation for centuries; in fact, this wonderful land is also famous as Food Valley, an immense garden of delights, a crossroads where memory, taste and know-how meet.
In the provinces of Parma, and neighboring Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Modena, thanks to the fertility of the soil combined with ancient traditions and the resourcefulness of man, the country’s main productions of typical cured meats, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, pasta and vegetable preserves are concentrated today. The undisputed capital of this territory is undoubtedly Parma, where since Roman times its cured hams were particularly prized and in the early Middle Ages Benedictine monks fine-tuned the production process for the most famous of cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano. Confirming its strong vocation, Parma in 2003 was chosen as the headquarters of EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority.
Emilia Romagna is the first region in Europe for the number of PDO and PGI products, the protected designation of origin and protected geographical indication marks awarded by the European Union to guarantee quality. Its products, everywhere a symbol of the best made in Italy, are therefore numerous and all delicious, the most famous of which is certainly Parmigiano Reggiano, for nine centuries considered the king of cheeses, whose production area includes the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna and Mantua. Another particularly famous product is Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, the finest, made only from cooked grape must, according to strict production specifications, and aged for years. Also a must try: Culatello di Zibello, undisputed king of cured meats with its characteristic pear shape; and Prosciutto di Parma, famous for its aroma, high nutritional value and sweet taste.
But it does not end there, in fact, there are other less famous but no less delicious products, among which are: the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia, which cannot have less than 12 years of aging; the Coppa di Parma, which is distinguished by its typical flavor with the right degree of flavor, homogeneity and leanness; the Modena pig’s trotter, made with rind and minced, salted and spiced pork meat inserted into the skin of the pig’s foreleg; Vignola cherries, famous for their texture on the outside, but sweet and fruity on the inside; and Amarene Brusche di Modena, whose jam is a product whose roots go back at least to the Renaissance. These are just some of the delicious products you can enjoy in Emilia Romagna. Among the wines stand out: Lambrusco, the most famous sparkling red wine in all of Italy, and perhaps the entire world; and Spergola wine, typical just of the Scandiano area, whose first written records date back to the 15th century, when it was mentioned by Bianca Cappello, Grand Duchess of Tuscany.
Emilia-Romagna is particularly rich in Taste Museums, which offer the opportunity to learn about and discover its food and wine treasures, excellences of the territory and beyond. Absolutely not to be missed is the Parmigiano-Reggiano Museum in Soragna, which allows visitors to learn more about the great heritage of art and tradition behind a wheel of Parmigiano. Another interesting museum dedicated to food is the Museum of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar in Spilamberto, where visitors can immerse themselves in the fascinating aromas and tastes of this extraordinary product. Other Taste Museums include: the Museum of Pasta, housed in the medieval Court of Giarola, which illustrates the historical, technological and cultural knowledge of pasta; the Museum of Parma Ham in Langhirano, which guides visitors to discover the ancient “knowledge” behind its unique and unmistakable flavor; and the Museum of Charcuterie in Castelnuovo Rangone, which presents a multisensory and multimedia itinerary full of history, technique and passion.
AGRITURISMO IL BRUGNOLO
Welcome to il Brugnolo
If you’re looking for completely independent apartments surrounded by greenery you really are in the right place here!
In fact, Brugnolo is immersed in the green nature of the Emilian countryside. For your relaxation, for that of your children, and again for the runs of your 4-legged friends, you will have 6000 square meters of park at your disposal!