Title: Reggio Emilia Countryside
Category: Destinations We Visit on Our Bologna Vacations
Author: Sophie Townsey Updated: Jan 30, 2019 Views: 6,086
Tags: reggio emilia farm in emilia romagna cheese producer reggio nell'emilia parmigiano reggiano

Reggio Emilia Countryside

The land of Parmigiano Reggiano

The Province of Reggio Emilia, located in northern Italy, extends from the Po River in the north to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to the south, drawing a long rectangle.

It is a land mainly of plains, with a countryside full of cultivations and woods alternating with rocks and lakes, creating a suggestive landscape of a more or less deep green. 

This is the area famous for Parmigiano-Reggiano, the world's most coveted Parmesan cheese. Before we milk the cows and cut the cheese (sorry, couldn't help it), we’ll have our second cooking class of the week with Chef Andrea Incerti Vezzani at the Michelin Starred Ristorante Ca’Matilde.

Chef Andrea will share with us his passion and skills to help us prepare authentic regional cuisine with a modern flair..

After lunch, we’ll take a short ride or walk to the Fattoria Rossi and meet Graziano. He is a local parmesan producer that has as great a passion for his Parmigiano-Reggiano, and his farm that has been operating since 1868! Graziano will walk us through his place and explain the entire process of making this world-famous cheese and why it is so important to the community.

Of course, we’ll be sampling the cheese with a wine pairing and we may even have an opportunity to visit and time permitting, milk some of his cows! While here we will pick up some of his extensively aged parmigiano and some milk that we will be using in Thursday's cooking class.

After this stellar afternoon, we’ll head back to Bologna for a little time to rest and freshen up before we head over to the "Quadrilatero" in Bologna for a truly local experience.


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