What do Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti,
tortellini, Lambrusco wine and parmesan cheese all have in common?
Well, they all came from Modena!
The town boasts of 48 miles of cycling tracks for bikers, 16 cinemas,
25 libraries of antique books, and one of Europe’s oldest
universities. Located in the heart of the Po Valley, Modena is one
of the most developed towns in the whole of Europe and tourists
from all over the world flock to see its numerous art treasures.
The 12th century Cathedral, Piazza Grande and Ghirlandina Tower
have all been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Five of the top rated tourist attractions in Modena include Rocca
Di Vignola, Montefiorino, Museo della Repubblica, Sestola and Fanano.
If you own (or have dreamt of owning) a Ferrari, make sure to visit
Galleria Ferrari in Maranello.
Find a hostel
Accommodation is often the biggest cost when travelling, especially
in Italian cities. If you want to save on your accommodation costs,
don’t book a hotel, but check out one of the top rated hostels
in Modena. Many Modena hostel offers private rooms for a fraction
of the price.
Head for the Market
There are of course so many tempting restaurants to choose from.
You will find many dishes irresistible, but you can still get great
fresh food at the market or over the grocery counter. You can save
up to more than 50 percent of your meal expenses simply going to
the local grocery stores and buying fresh meat and cheese for a
picnic. There are plenty of free areas in Modena where you can just
sit down and eat, from public parks to picturesque squares.
Places to Visit
To learn more about the history and background of the place, try
the Palazzo dei Musei. This large structure houses many galleries
and museums. Go immediately to the Galleria Estense, which is on
the highest floor, where paintings and sculptures dating back to
the Renaissance can be viewed. If you are interested in old manuscripts
and books, visit the Biblioteca Estense and see the most decorated
bible in the world — the Bibbio Borso. There are also exhibits
on the Bronze Age and Medieval stonework.
Try visiting the Chiese di San Giorgio, which is an old church that
dates back to the mid-17th century. Here you can see Greek architecture
and a facade of columns and statues. From here, go to the Palazzo
Ducale, which is a lavish 15th century Castle. To unwind at the
park, visit Piazza Matteotti. Stroll through the park and that will
lead you to the nearby Piazza Mazzini, which is just across the
road. Just find a shady area where there are benches to rest on.