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Things to do in Modena

Things to do in  Modena

Welcome to Modena

Modena sits at the intersection of Italy’s Motor Valley and Food Valley, making it a top destination for both gearheads and gourmands. Motor-minded visitors make a beeline for the city’s Enzo Ferrari Museum to delve into the world of this iconic sports car, while foodies hit the local balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano Reggiano producers for food tours and tastings. Other popular things to do include excursions to the outlying Lambrusco wineries, market tours and cooking classes in town, and guided walks through Modena’s handsome historic center.

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Barozzi Palace (Palazzo Barozzi)

Barozzi Palace (Palazzo Barozzi)

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Home to one of the most dazzling spiral staircases in Italy, the 16th-century Barozzi Palace (Palazzo Barozzi) is by far the main attraction of sleepy Vignola—a town just outside Modena. Take a jaunt through the area’s famed cherry orchards and admire the elegant structure, created by Renaissance architect Jacopo Barozzi.More
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A local’s pocket guide to Modena

Rebecca Winke

Food and travel writer Rebecca can never stay away from Modena and its out-of-this-world dining scene for long.

The first thing you should do in Modena is ...

plot out your meals. Modena’s biggest draw is the dining scene (Osteria Francescana, often named the world’s best restaurant, is here) so don’t sacrifice a stellar dinner to poor planning.

A perfect Saturday in Modena...

begins at Mercato Albinelli for gourmet souvenirs, then a stroll through the porticoed old town. You’ve already made lunch and dinner reservations (see above), so the lion’s share of your day is running the gastronomic marathon.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

balsamic vinegar tasting. Modena is the world capital of balsamic vinegar, and after one taste of the real stuff, you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.

To discover the "real" Modena...

dive right into the lively aperitivo scene in Piazza Grande come early evening with a glass of Lambrusco and a plate of parmigiano and prosciutto di Parma. Just don’t spoil your dinner.

For the best view of the town...

pay €3 to climb the listing Torre Ghirlandina bell tower adjacent to the Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the highest point in the old town.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking that dining in Modena is a dressy affair. With a few notable exceptions, most of Modena’s landmark restaurants are traditional “trattorias,” casual eateries known for more for their dishes than their atmosphere.

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