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And the Balsamic Vinegar Museum

Museum of Balsamic Vinegarc

Little Spilamberto, 10km southeast of Modena, grew up around a castle of 1210. Today it's been known as the home of the Museo del Balsamico Tradizionale or Museum of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, housed in the 18th-century Villa Fabriani, where you can learn all about Modena's special elixir.

On the first weekend of October, during the Mast Còt the streets are filled with the aromas of boiling grape juice, cooked in traditional pots on large fires, before ageing in wooden barrels. The best will linger there for a quarter of a century.

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Getting to Spilamberto: SETA buses from Modena or Vignola

Museum: Via Roncati 28

Hours 10.30am-5.30pm, Wed 10.30am-1.30pm, Monday closed

+39 059 781614

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by cvlang