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The territory of the province of Modena, which shows traces of Etruscan, Celtic and Ligurian settlements, was conquered by the Romans in the II century b.C. It was subsequently ravaged by barbarian invasions and natural calamities, but in the eleventh century living conditions improved, following the adoption of the Benedictine drainage system that provided land for agriculture, and defence works which were set up around villages and towns. Feudal groups grew stronger and stronger in the mountains and kept fighting against the villages located down the valley. In the end, the Este family succeeded in keeping the territory under control, but it would not have either political or administrative unity for a long time. It was occupied by Napoleon, then by the Austrians, then it underwent Vittorio Emanuele II's rule one year before the proclamation of the Reign of Italy. Within that context, the Province of Modena was organised on the basis of the ancient districts of Modena and the Frignano. After a few alterations, it was finally set up with the founding of the Republic, of the Constitution and of the subsequent laws and measures. One of the essential elements of Modena tradition is its extraordinary gastronomy, which is known all over the world, particularly for its ham, tortellini, stuffed pig's trotter, balsamic vinegar, Lambrusco wine, cherries and walnut liqueur. For years, the Protection Unions have been making every effort to promote and inform about the different specialities, but, in any case, the mark "Modena a Tavola" ("Dining with Modena") was also created to further promote and diffuse the local products and safeguard their purity. The landscape is marked by high peaks and hills, volcanic rocks and clayey calanques, spreading oaks and chestnut woods, underbrush and water streams forming natural lakes and falls.

Their ultimate expression is the Regional Park of the High Apennines of Modena, that includes some mountain towns and shows a practically untouched territory. An optimum holiday destination, the Apennines also offer paths for trekking, cycling, horse-riding and good opportunities for fishing and canoeing or for flying activities, such as hang gliding and parascending. A large number of facilities allow the practise of many sports, especially tennis and football. During the winter, 30 miles of slopes, served by modern ski-lifts, are available for "white" holidays, that also enjoy the perfect organisation offered by the Cimone district.

 Lake Santo - Pievepelago Ready to cater for every need, the territory can also offer slopes and facilities for tour skiing, long-distance skiing and ice-skating. For the most curious people in search of other attractions, the area is also packed with art and culture itineraries, with medieval and Renaissance remains, villages and towns, all spiced up with feasts and events.


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