Modena

Modena, that sounds like strong engines and empathetic music. The city has a high value in abitability. The entire city center of Modena is surrounded by a park like a green ribbon. The avenues around the historic centre are covered with large shady trees. The trolley buses, through which the city seems like sound-insulated, are particularly pleasant.

A lot has happened in Modena in recent years. New museums have been created, such as the Enzo Ferrari Museum, his birthplace and later his production site, and the museum of the home of Luciano Pavarotti. His birthplace can be visited where you can find almost everything still original from the life of the great tenor.

In addition, the manufacturers of the famous vinegar Balsamico di Modena have opened their companies to visits and tastings.

At the tourist office in Piazza Grande (behind the cathedral) one can book a guided tour in English and buy a Unesco ticket, with entry to the Torre Ghirlandina bell tower, the cathedral museum, the historic halls of the town hall and the communal production of balsamic vinegar.

The center of Modena is located around Piazza Grande with the town hall and the cathedral. The most important street is Via Emilia, which already existed in Roman times as Decumanum and is now a beautiful shopping street with arcades.

In the historic centre, the palaces are reminiscent of the richness of the Este family, who inhabited the Palazzo Ducale. Today, the Military Academy is housed in Palazzo Ducale.

In Modena there are three sights that are listed as a World Heritage Site: Piazza Grande, the Duomo and the neighbouring bell tower Torre Ghirlandina.

Our offers for your private trip to Modena

See and experience Modena

The Cathedral of Modena

Modena Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Santa Maria Assunta in heaven and to the patron saint of San Geminiano, whose relics are kept in the crypt.

The architect Lanfranco built the Romanesque-style cathedral in the late 12th century.

Especially beautiful are the relief sculptures, which can be found in many places in the church as well as on the façade.

From the central apse you can go up by stairs to a crossing called “Il pontile dei maestri campionesi”, a bridge whose railing is adorned with reliefs from the life of Christ, including the Last Supper.

The Cathedral of Modena has been included in the World Heritage Site of Humanity.

Torre Ghirlandina Bell Tower

If you don’t shy away from the 200 steps, you can enjoy a nice view over Modena. This is about half the height of the 86m high tower. Here was the room of the “Torresani,” which operated the bells of the tower.

In the lower tower is the room of the Holzeimer, “Secchia rapita.”

Palazzo Comunale – The Town Hall

The beautiful historic halls of Palazzo Comunale can be visited.

In a small room, the “Camerino dei Confirmati,” there is one of the landmarks of Modena: The Holzeimer “Secchia rapita.” It commemorates the glorious victory against Bologna at the Battle of Zappolino in 1325. Alessandro Tassoni tells this story in his poem “La secchia rapita.”

Mercato Albinelli

One attraction in Modena is the market hall. It was built in 1931 and the previously market in Piazza Grand moved into a permanent building. The Albinelli market is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Here you will find the best the region has to offer: Fresh fruits and vegetables, Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma ham and Culatello, freshly caught fish and high-quality meat and, of course, the handmade tortellini. Once tasted, you’ll never want to eat tortellini from the supermarket again.

The fresh market is open Monday to Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, you can sample the regional dishes from 6 p-m.

Strong motors

In the triangle Modena-Bologna – Maranello are several world-famous manufacturers of fast cars and motorcycles: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati.

The museums of the manufacturers can be visited, even visit the Maserati factory on some dates a year.

In Modena itself, near the station is the Enzo Ferrari Museum, its former birthplace, which has been converted into a production facility and where the engines and cars are now on display.

In Maranello there is a second Ferrari Museum with the racing cars.

With a combined ticket you can visit both museums or book a tour, which also includes a demonstration of balsamic vinegar and a visit to Luciano Pavarotti’s birthplace.

Culinary Experiences

Balsamic Vinegar

The most famous culinary product from Modena is undoubtedly the balsamic vinegar. Only a few strictly controlled manufacturers are allowed to call their product “Aceto Balsamico di Modena Tradizionale.” And that comes at a cost.

The vinegar is stored in wooden barrels for 12 (or even 25) years and thickened further and further. Depending on the grape variety and the wood used, the taste of balsamic vinegar changes. It should have a perfect harmony of sweetness and acidity and tastes excellent even to strawberries.

Some of the traditional manufacturers offer guided tours and tastings in their companies. However, you have to sign up beforehand. When you book a guided tour with us, we will take care of this for you and organize a guide speaking your language.

A typical wine of the region is the slightly sparkling Lambrusco, which is also the starting product for balsamic vinegar.

Our travel tips for Modena

Arrival

By car

In Modena itself, you don’t need a car. The city is relatively small and everything is within walking distance or accessible by trolley bus. Guests can book a day trip to the surrounding museums in Maranello and the Luciano Pavarotti Museum.

Outside the city centre there are still parking spaces in Modena, even free of charge.

If you want to visit several cities on your trip, you can get from place to place by train. But in order to come to the surrounding manufacturers of delicacies, a car is appropriate.

We have put together a travel programme for self-drivers. We provide you with a nice tourist guide, who will introduce you to the special features and advise you on the tastings.

By train

The train connections are very good. Italy has the high-speed train that takes you comfortably from Milan to Bologna. From Bologna it is only 20 minutes on the train to Modena.

By air

The nearest airport is Bologna. From Bologna Airport, you can get to Modena in a 50-minute shuttle bus.

Peace of Mind

If you book a trip with us, then we take care of all that-including. Hotel and accompanying program. For city breaks, leave your car better at home.

Hotels

Hotels

We have a select few hotel partners where we almost always get good rooms. It’s not always easy, but we’re mostly able to do that.

  • Hotel Rua Frati 48 in San Francesco (5 stars central)
  • Hotel Prremier Milano Palace (4 stars)
  • CEntral park Hotel (4 stars central)

Special accommodation

Would you like to move into your quarters in an exclusive villa or out of town in a noble country house? We are happy to take care of your wishes when you book a complete program with us. As soon as we get your request and know what matters to you, we take care of it and provide you a customized offer. To do this, we need to know whether location, comfort, price or charm matter most to you.

The history of Modena

The origins of Modena probably date back to the Etruscan period. In 183 BC, the Romans founded the colony of Mutina on Via Emilia.

Roman works of art can still be admired in the Archaeological Museum, Estense Lapidary Museum and Lapidary Roman.

San Geminiano is the patron saint of Modena. His remains are kept in the cathedral.

In 1598, Modena became the capital of the Duchy of the Duke’s Este family for two centuries.

Destinations

Around Parma and Modena are the museums of specialties (Musei del Cibo): Museum of Parma Ham, Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano, Museum of Felino Salami, Museum of Tomatoes, Museum of Pasta, Museum of Wine, Museum of Balsamic Vinegar.

Busseto: Museum Giuseppe Verdi

Roncole: Giuseppe Verdi Birthplace (Museum)

Sant ‘Agata: Villa Giuseppe Verdi and Maserati Museum

All-round carefree package

When you book with us, we take care of a program that is consistent in time and content and the registrations and tastings. Complete with hotel and private tours in your language.

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