This an­cient town in Italy’s Po Val­ley brims with age-old cus­toms and ex­cit­ing new ideas, KEN­DALL HILL dis­cov­ers.

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - OCT -

Mo­dena brims with age-old cus­toms and ex­cit­ing new ideas.


Vit­to­rio Veneto 25 This cen­tury-old three-storey villa bor­der­ing the old city has a clas­sic Mo­de­nese façade – bal­cony, shut­tered win­dows – and tex­tured, mod­ern in­te­ri­ors thanks to a 2015 ren­o­va­tion. Wi-fi and espresso ma­chines are stan­dard; the two suites of­fer more re­lax­ation space. CIty sights are a stroll or short drive away, and park­ing is free. Viale Vit­to­rio Veneto, 25, vit­to­ri­


La Vac­chetta Grassa La Vac­chetta Grassa (“the fat cowhide”) crafts sup­ple leather­goods – a me­dieval Mo­dena tra­di­tion – from belts and bags to tiny tortellini keyrings. Snake­skin, croc­o­dile and stingray leathers are also avail­able. Visit the at­mo­spheric work­shop up­stairs and ad­mire its 500-year-old painted ceil­ing. Corso Canalchiaro 42/44, lavac­chet­ta­gras­samod­

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