October 19, 2017 – Thursday, Cheese, Pork & Vinegar! – a dairy farm (Parmesan), a pork processor (prosciutto) and a balsamic vinegar distiller. This is the last of our long excursions, but these days have been a favorite of mine. I love seeing the countryside and experiencing a bit of the life of the locals, through their employment in most cases.
Off we go-first to the dairy farm. -Azienda Agricola Biologica Reggiani- The address that came up on my iPad photos was this: Savignano sul Panaro, Nonantola & Castelfranco Emilia, Emilia-Romagna. Obviously, I had no idea where I was most of the day, but the hilly countryside with its narrow winding roads was delightful.
Milk the cows and then what happens? ( If the slides go by too fast, click on the vertical double bars between the arrows. This will stop the slideshow and you can advance or retreat at your own speed by clicking on the arrows.)
Once it is a solid piece, it takes super human strength to deal with it. I purchased two big chunks of cheese, one aged 36 months and one aged 24 months. I could have bought cheese that was aged for 60 months, but after tasting it, I thought it was too dry and strong for our use.
And now it’s time for BREAKFAST!!! Espresso AND wine?
Into the van we go, and we are off to the balsamic vinegar distillery.
Another stop – the Prosciutto processor – delicious to be sure.
But of course, it is now time for lunch! Who is hungry?
Better yet. Just come and stay for a week or two!
It took six slideshows to tell about this day. It was jam packed with interesting locations, delicious food and more wine than it is possible to taste. Once back in the van, we wander the roads back to Bologna where we pack up for the early start to Milano in the morning. I could not do slideshows prior to this page because the WIFI in the hotels allowed me only to upload one photo at a time….. slow agony. Only one day in Milano and then…. it’s home to the USA.