We left the Modena area at about 10am and travelled into Modena itself (we had been staying in Manerello – 19km from Modena)
We got into Modena at approx 11am and found a car park on a street with no parking lines – we saw no signs about no parking so we assumed it was ok. Then when I left the car I saw a set of letters ZTL and wondered what they meant. I took a look at some cars and they all had signed with ZTL on them. We got back into our car and went to a car park building – lucky else we may have returned to a towed away vehicle!
We found a car park building not too far away – 1 EURO 50 cents for the first hour and 50 cents per 1/2 hour after that. We then found ourselves a coffee, which now seems to cost 1 EURO where in Milan it was 80 cents and generally everywhere else 90 cents. Also Gelato is more expensive here than even the Cinque Terre where it was 1 EUR0 50 cents and in Modena 2 EURO (maybe they are slightly bigger)
We walked down a nice cobbled street – I did not see any tourists with a camera around their neck (unlike me). We found a church with Pam thought was the Doumo but I did not. We took a couple of snaps and then wondered around and Pam found a sign talking about the Doumo so yes it was it.
There was a large restoration process going on in the bell tower which means that you could not see the bell tower at all it was covered in a fabric probably to stop dust going over everything.
We went in side and took a couple of photos and then a Mass started which was unexpected. It was in Latin and we stayed for a couple of minutes and then left.
We wondered along some shops and Pam checked out some bags, but did not buy anything. It was no getting on for 12:40 and we had arranged to meet the owner of the house in Poggioraso at 3pm. The house is only 65 km from Modena but it takes 1.5 hours to get there.
We stop to buy some Focaccia in the same shop we had the coffee and left Modena. The drive was very easy and pleasant, the Focaccia was not as nice as we had had in Vernazza.
We stopped along the way at a village since it looked nice and I took some photos.
We arrived at the Supermarket in Poggioraso at about 2:45 and waited for 20 minutes for the owner Roberto to show up. Even though we were at 900 meters you would not know as the area was quite lovely with rolling hills around you.
We followed Roberto to his house, Pam was worried when we went down another small windey road but I was now use to the roads. When we got to the house Roberto’s parents were there cleaning it. They live next door and do not speak English – they are very nice and helpful.
The house was cold as the heating had only been just turned on – I saw a big fireplace and decided that we would have a lovely cosy fire (as well as the GAS heating).
Pam and I left to buy some food from the supermarket and drove through Sestola which is about 100 meters higher up the hills. We drove around to see if there was a supermarket there but did not find one – we then drove out of town – took a wrong turn and went down a very very steep road (width of the car) – the Alfa Romeo is very low to the ground and I thought I would scrape the bottom but we took it very slow and it was ok.
We went to the supermarket which looked closed since the doors were shut and the lights were turned off but it was open and we went in. The vegetables looked pretty sad so we bought some Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Anchovies, drinks (a couple of wines) and a tin of beans. Dinner was sorted.
We drove back to the house which was warming up and I went and got some wood for the fire. I have not had an open fire for years probably 15 years…..
Roberto showed me where the wood was and we got the fire going and I cooked dinner. We had 3 sausages so I skinned them and cooked the meat with Onion, Garlic and Anchovies, adding Tomato Sauce (Pasta Sauce) and a bit of olive oil. Near the end of the cooking I threw in 1/2 a tin of beans and we had a meal. A few gratings of Parmigiano Reggiano (24 month old) and we were sorted with a glass of wine.
We had a pretty relaxed night in front of the fire…