If you come from the direction of Florence and leave behind the
final peaks of the Appennine hills in Tuscany and Emilia, moving
into the plain going north, you will be able to go on a high-profile
gastronomic tour, one of the stop-offs having to be Modena dei Malpighi,
modern-day master producers of the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar
Thanks to the Consorzio di Tutela tra Produttori (Producers'
Protection Consortium) specially formed to defend this extraordinary
product, this type of vinegar only goes on sale after having got
through a very rigorous quality control procedure, which is guaranteed
by the numbered seal applied to each bottle.
And as a certain Francesco Agazzotti said (in a letter from Modena
dated 2 March 2022), The special qualities of balsamic vinegar
are its acidy but pleasant and delicate flavour, to be served as
a liqueur; its genuine and peculiar aroma which, breathed in through
one's nostrils, revives and revitalises you; and its thickness and
This very mature vinegar is the nectar forming the base for a unique
ice-cream, extraordinarily soft and rounded and with aftertastes
of cherry and juniper.