EMILIA ROMAGNA: LA TERRA DELL’ORO

Oro

Chi identifica il valore delle cose?

Non voglio psicanalizzare nessuno, lascio questo arduo compito a chi si specializza in psicanalisi, volendo però fare una riflessione spicciola, il valore alle cose lo diamo unicamente noi; mia nonna usava dirmi che io valessi tutti i soldi del paese e questa era chiaramente la sua personale valutazione, ma se ci pensate bene ci sono molte cose prima degli oggetti preziosi ad avere valore.

Nella scoperta dell’Emilia Romagna ci sono storie che parlano di Oro che si trova in forme diverse e che non centrano nulla con il metallo delle parure nascoste negli armadi dei nostri antenati; qui l’Oro può essere Nero o Bianco, ecco perché….

Una delle tradizioni che si sviluppa solo in territorio d’Emilia e più in specifico Modena e Reggio Emilia, vede la produzione di uno dei più preziosi condimenti al mondo, tanto da essere considerato Oro nero, avete già capito parliamo di Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale!

Balsamico

Ma perché un condimento dovrebbe essere paragonato all’oro?

Dovete andare oltre il mero valore dei carati e capire che dentro ad una tradizione secolare c’è il valore del segreto tramandato di famiglia in famiglia, la selezione ed il lavoro del legno, la pazienza del tempo e la cura di ogni dettaglio che si rivela solo nel momento in cui una goccia incontra il nostro palato ed esalta la nostra salivazione lasciandoci estasiati e l’unica cosa che possiamo fare è goderci quell’istante e ringraziare del privilegio concessoci, solo in quel momento capirete il valore dell’Oro nero, quando chiuderete gli occhi e i vostri sensi saranno appagati.

Spostandoci lungo la costa adriatica invece incontriamo la storia dell’Oro bianco per il quale sono state fatte battaglie e che in molti hanno voluto controllare, il Sale!

Saline

In epoca romana infatti il sale era il mezzo di pagamento dei soldati, ecco quindi spiegata l’origine della parola Salario, prima ancora di essere considerato l’alimento che oggi compriamo per pochi centesimi al supermercato, era ciò che conservava il cibo e per questo porta con sé storie di combattimenti per il suo controllo, chi ne possedeva di più era più ricco e le Saline di Cervia sono state motivo di screzi tra la terra di Romagna e la Serenissima che aveva capito molto bene il suo valore e sapeva che chi controllava il sale aveva la moneta di scambio più preziosa, anche Dante aveva provato a mediare questa sfida, ma per chi si ricorda la storia, non finì bene.

A voler essere romantici e usare la libertà letteraria si potrebbe dire che qui abbiamo anche l’Oro giallo, quel giallo di tuorlo che ci dona la sfoglia con la quale prepariamo i piatti della miglior cucina del mondo e qui non c’è divisione, nelle cucine di Emilia e Romagna sapienti Rasdore lavorano a mano l’impasto che si trasformerà in Tagliatelle, Tortelli, Ravioli, Cappelletti, Tortellini, Lasagne e tante altre tradizioni che valorizzano la tavola assieme ad amici e famiglie che sono il vero Oro della nostra vita.

Per chi a questo punto è curioso o gli è semplicemente venuta fame, ha comunque un motivo per venire in terra d’Emilia Romagna e concedersi di assaggiare il nostro Oro.

“Estate in Provincia” – Reggio Emilia – “Summer in Province”

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“Estate in Provincia”… ReggioEmilia ‼️
Qui troverete una terra solida e produttiva che va dal grande FIUME PO alle colline quasi accennate che sembrano disegnate.
Ecco la mia selezione di eventi per l’estate2019 ⬇️

Non potete perdervi lo spettacolo di giochi pirotecnici che incontrano l’acqua, quindi non perdetevi Piropo – Luci sul fiume 2019 a Boretto 🎇 Evento 2019

Dopo un anno di silenzio torna con tutta la carica reggiana, l’evento Scarpazzone di Carpineti che vi accoglierà all’interno del Parco Matilde Evento 2019

Chi invece desidera esplorare la natura di questa provincia, non si farà mancare una passeggiata sulla Pietra Di Bismantova, ma dopo il panorama vi consiglio un bicchiere di lambrusco e gnoccofritto Info

“Summer in the Province” … ReggioEmilia‼ ️
Here you will find a solid and productive land that goes from the big RIVER PO to hills that seem designed.
Here is my selection of events for the summer 2019 ⬇️

You can’t miss the spectacle of fireworks that meet the water, so don’t miss Piropo – Luci sul fiume 2019 in Boretto 🎇 Event 2019

After a year of silence returns with all the charge of Reggio, Carpineti Scarpazzone event that will welcome you inside the Park Matilde Event 2019

Those who want to explore the nature of this province will not miss a walk on Pietra Di Bismantova, but after the view I recommend a glass of Lambrusco and gnoccofritto Info

THE MARKETS OF EMILIA ROMAGNA

The market is the symbol of the most primordial system of commerce born on the Earth and since Roman times it is still the place of the most lively city and that best represents the traditions, therefore it becomes the mirror of the population itself and can be counted of different nature, from food to flowers, or to those that bring antique pieces to light ready to be sold or exchanged.

The law of the market is that of the highest bidder, everything can be negotiated and if you are quite shrewd you always arrive at a compromise by subtracting the deal from others; around the world there are places that have become famous for the practices and traditions that take place on time, such as the Tokyo fish market with its exciting tuna auction that sees huge checks flown over even before the sun rises.

The market is just that, it’s the start of the day and of life in urban centers, where every now and then the curious tourist happens to see the folklore of the city he is visiting.

In Emilia Romagna there are splendid examples of covered or square markets, some very old and that continue to sell the freshest and most cultivated km 0 there is, so try to skip the mall for once and visit the nearest market to you, you could see another aspect of the city, the most authentic one.

MARKETS FOR EMILIA ROMAGNA NOT TO BE MISSED

In any city of Emilia Romagna you will find yourself, from Piacenza to Ravenna, you will find its weekly market usually in the main square ready to show its merchandise to those in search of business, while if you are looking for a bit of history or of ancient structures then mark these places:

  • In Reggio Emilia the old covered market has been transformed into a modern store, but it is still possible to see its original structure in the upper part and on the wall’s old signs, even if modernity sometimes takes away the charm of history, it is understandable that this place was an important social center for the city.
  • The Albinelli market in Modena is still a very lively point of commerce that sees and makes you feel the best techniques to attract customers, both habitual and occasional, during your visit you will be pleasantly struck by a world composed of smells, colors and real-life noises.
  • Bologna has a wonderful and ancient quadrilateral composed of ‘Botteghe’ that look out on narrow streets, you will have to be careful not to get lost if you are not good hounds; I advise you to stop at the middle market for lunch, in fact it offers every type of culinary choice and satisfies every type of request or specific diet.
  • A real treasure is enclosed in the ancient market of Comacchio that between brick roads and those made of water creates an interesting labyrinth in which to get lost and then take a break to taste eel and anchovies.
  • An ancient fish market that today is home to expanses of flowers is the old Roman market of Rimini which overlooks Piazza Cavour and which still has an almost intact structure, in the evening this place becomes the meeting point for university students and for all those who they want to spend an evening in the company of a glass of Sangiovese or a cold beer.

The markets bring with them centuries of traditions, styles and trends, try to think that in the squares where we walk today people of all kinds have passed, from the brigand always ready to be the smartest to survive, to the leader who brought back peace in the city and put an end to a battle.

The markets never realized too much about what was happening around them, the important thing was to arrive at the end of the day, rest a bit and then start again at dawn the next day, but the markets are the best school to learn how to sell and retain customers and do so without newsletters or loyalty cards, but only with the experience and skillful communicative art.

CHAPTER # 3: REGGIO EMILIA

The first impression that leaves the city of Reggio Emilia is that every street, building or monument makes the past chapters of history tangible and reminds us who passed through this land and what it left to enrich it so much.

The Via Emilia is the emblematic witness of the Roman Empire, but in the Parco del Popolo you will also find a funeral enclosure, there is the Porta di Santa croce from the medieval period, there are signs of French art, the Cloisters of San Pietro and Prospero, the embellishments of the lordships like the Este family and the fascist era, in short, every ideal passed here left something we can admire today.

If will happen to visit it on a warm summer day or mild spring, you will find the beautiful Piazza della Vittoria waiting for you with a modern fountain with Italian colors, also the name suggests that you are in the house of patriots and proud people, so weigh the words before pronouncing them; this will be only the first of the many squares that you will encounter and that serve as a forum for markets and walks on Sundays, one of these, in particular, will have to guard it by red marble lions and the Basilica of San Prospero with its baroque style.

In the exact center of the city there is a building that has changed its shape, name, use and property, but it has never changed its position which it maintains as if it were the navel of the world, or at least of Reggio; this marvel of history is dated to construction 1272 while as a receptive activity it begins in 1515, today it is called Hotel Posta and deserves to be visited; if you are an unconventional tourist then you will be curious to enter its small bar and admire the liberty style of Reggio in its full splendor; if you want the complete experience instead, as guests you will have the opportunity to stay in unique rooms that are unique in style and all different and take advantage of its services such as a visit to its own farm with vinegar production and a traditional restaurant, as well as an innovative offer electric car rental for those who want to explore beyond the city.

Here there is a great boast that inflates the chest: here was born the republican flag of Italy and in the ‘Museo del Tricolore’ as well as display cases, paintings and old newspaper sheets, you can visit the room where the principle of freedom was validated brought by the French, but made real only by the will of free people.

The people of Reggio Emilia are described for a unique characteristic, they are said to have a square head and this is because, as anticipated above, they are not soft people, but very proud and with edges that are not easy to file; don’t be intimidated by this, stubbornness is a very common sin in Italian lands, but a Cappelletti dish will never be denied to anyone, because even if there is no propensity to hugs, one more place at the table is always found .