Postcard: Slow food intro to Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna

“This balsamic vinegar… you don’t use for salad,” says Nick as he drizzles 25-year old drops of tangy syrupy balsamic vinegar over bite-sized chunks of aged parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan cheese). He is whipping up a dinner of tagliatelle with Ragu as we tuck into slices of salami and prosciutto. We – Anna Carolina, Lucie, and myself – are sharing an apartment with direct views over Piazza Maggiore while Keane joined us for dinner.

This – having one’s own apartment, sharing homemade dinners with friends, using locally and regionally sourced ingredients – is why I really enjoy slow traveling through the local customs and cuisines of different places.

While I’m exploring the traditions and slow food in Emilia Romagna, I’ll be sharing some quick postcards and snippets to bring you along with me. I’ll be heading over to Modena to learn more about that 25+ year old balsamic vinegar, the aged parmigiano reggiano, and prosciutto, amongst others.

You can take a sneak peek at my itinerary here over the next few days.


As part of the iAmbassador collective of travel bloggers, my trip to Emilia Romagna is with the award-winning #BlogVille campaign and a collaboration between the Emilia Romagna Tourism Board and iambassador.