I grew up in the province of Modena, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. During the summer I returned to the city and stayed in the centre, in the lovely small boutique Hotel Cervetta. Below is the view from my balcony, a very quiet street that leads straight to the main square, Piazza Grande (photo above).
In the main square there is the Cathedral of Modena, considered one of the masterpieces of Romanesque architecture in Europe. Recently this was the place where friends from all corners of the world came to pay their respects to the city's most famous resident, the late Luciano Pavarotti. Below are some details of the Cathedral's Porta Regia.
This is the Clock Tower ...
....And the beautiful Torre della Girlandina, all boxed up for restorations. Some people don't like the 'box', designed by Italian sculptor Mimmo Paladino, but I thought that it looks cool.
And beautiful is also the Palazzo Ducale
But now for a typical Modena ingredient....
A must visit is the museum of the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, in the nearby small city of Spilamberto, where I got a 25 years old balsamic, which is just amazing!
1 tsp Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena (ABTM)
1 tbsp white sugar
Hull and cut the strawberries, place in a bowl with the ABTM and sugar,
stir and let marinate for a few hours. Serve by itself or with Vanilla ice-cream.