"I spent a week at Lisabeth’s lovely home in Coscogno in September and it was my favorite part of my trip to Italy! Her property is even nicer in person than the pictures are able to show. I stayed in the smaller apartment and it was immaculately clean and included a fully furnished kitchen that was very easy to cook in.
The property sits towards the top of the hill with a beautiful view of the valley below, especially at sunset! She just added a pool shortly before I arrived which was perfect for happy hour. Lisabeth was a very gracious host offering advice on local things to do, maps of the local area along with great directions. Her English was excellent which was very useful when visiting local restaurants for dinner.
Coscogno is located in a part of Italy that has not been “found” by tourists yet. The local residents were very friendly and helpful even when we had a language barrier. There were many affordable restaurants to visit within a 20 twenty minute drive of the property.
Coscogno is located in a very popular biking area in Italy and also centrally located to many of the car factories including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani and Ducati. It’s about 45 minutes away from the mountains to the south and about 1 hour to the Cimone ski resort.
My stay there was very relaxing and would make a great location for a very small wedding or family reunion. I plan to spend more time there on my next trip to Italy! "
Jon, Tennessee, USA September 2014

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Come and visit an ”Acetaia” and have a look into a different world

“Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena” is a premier brand of balsamic vinegar. It is made from the thick, sweet syrup (”saba”) reduced through evaporation, or cooking of juice from, for example, Trebbiano grapes. Then carefully aged in barrels made of different kinds of wood for years – the finest up to 50 years. In the old days children from well-to-do families were given a battery of six small wooden barrels of Aceto Balsamico as a christening gift.

Because of the natural temperature fluctuations, nearby Modena, Vignola and Spilamberto is where the most fantastic balsamic vinegar is produced. We have contact with a family who are passionate about the balsamico they produce and like to show and explain the process. Proudly they let us taste a few precious drops.

Balsamico festivals are held every year in many towns around here from May 22nd to June 6th

You can book a guided tour on "Bologna Welcome"

Aceto Balsamico is used in a lot of regional dishes. Naturally it is used with olive oil in salads, but it is also beyond imagining its taste on fried and oven baked meats, chunks of Parmesan cheese, fresh strawberries or vanilla ice cream……uhm…!