Modena means first of all, all around the world… Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar and Lambrusco Red-Wine. But this is the land also of the “D.O.P. Modena Ham” . The factory ham we visit was founded 30 years ago, thanks to the experience of the founding member operating in the pork slaughtering and processing sector. The first production site was located in the centre of a village, in the countryside of Modena: the initial production capacity was of 1000/1500 dry-cured hams per week. Today, after the movement of the company in the valley crossed by the Panaro river, the new production reaches a capacity of 4000 pork thighs a week.

During the guided tour, you will learn and discover all the process phases: the selection of raw materials from accredited slaughterhouses recognized by the regulations of the D.O.P.; the first and second salting with a special preparation of the mixture of sea salt; the curing process; the desalting phase and then the transfer to the resting cells; the pre-curing stage at a temperature od 15°/18° C; the greasing, manually made with a mixture of rice flour and salt; the last curing phase and finally the quality control. 

At the end of the tour, a generous tasting of few products (as ham, fiocco, cooked ham…)  together with “tigelle”, a typical bread of Modena, different types of cheese and a glass of Lambrusco!


Fico is the world’s largest food park. Its numbers:

  • 100.000 sqm area in Bologna
  • 2 hectares of field and stables
  • 200 animals 
  • 2000 cultivars
  • 40 eating points
  • 40 farming factories and consortiums 

What means exactly FICO? Fico is Fabbrica Italiana Contadina – the Italian Farming Factory, where you can learn about the story of Italian agri-food culture combining local tradition, high-quality food and the expertise of those who have always been working in the agri-food chain. This world is a training ground for an exciting experience about food and it’s biodiversity. You can learn about the culture, traditions and craftmanships that make italian food the most famous in the world. Guided tours, events, and lessons will explain you all the secrets of the Italian best products.