Modema Attractions

Many lovers of Italy will immediately answer what Modena is famous for. The sights of this city fade into the background when we think about the elite supercars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati, which are produced in this city. And yet, do not forget that this place also has a rich history and culture.

Modena is located in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy between the cities of Bologna and Parma and is equidistant from the east and west coasts of the country. Today the population of the city is 184,000 people. It is one of the largest settlements in the region and a very important economic center. The main source of income is the automotive industry, and the headquarters of the international concern Panini Group is also located here.

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Cathedral of Modena

Modena Cathedral, built in 1319, is undoubtedly the most beautiful building in the city.

The cathedral is located in the center of the historic city between Piazza Grande and Piazza della Torre. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and today attracts crowds of tourists who want to see its stunning architecture with their own eyes.

At the entrance to the cathedral we see three huge wooden doors, over which an impressive round carved window flaunts. The main door in the center is guarded by statues of two lions.

You will certainly be amazed by the rich decoration inside, especially the gold-decorated parapet above the main altar depicting the Passion of Christ.

Address: Modena Cathedral, Corso Duomo, Modena, Italy.

Ghirlandin Tower

Not far from the cathedral stands the Ghirlandina Tower, which, in fact, is its bell tower. The tower is the tallest building in the city (86.12 m) and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It was built in 1179 and was supposed to outshine similar buildings in Bologna.

Stylistically, the tower is very close to the cathedral: the same building materials and decoration are used in it, there are similar arches.

It is impossible not to succumb to the temptation and climb to its very top to admire the fantastic view of Modena and its surroundings.

The tower is the tallest building in the city (86.12 m) and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It was built in 1179 and was supposed to outshine similar buildings in Bologna.

Stylistically, the tower is very close to the cathedral: the same building materials and decoration are used in it, there are similar arches.

It is impossible not to succumb to the temptation and climb to its very top to admire the fantastic view of Modena and its surroundings.

Address: Torre Ghirlandina, Piazza della Torre, Modena, Italy.

Palazzo dei Museums

Being the largest historical museum in the city, the Palazzo dei Musei is a complex of buildings that includes a historical museum, an art library and a municipal museum.

These buildings contain a wonderful collection of fine art masterpieces, valuable artefacts and curious exhibits that tell about the history of Modena.

Among the exhibits you can see musical instruments, weapons, sculptures, maps and paintings, and much more.

The collection of more than 2,000 textiles from early eras and a collection of artifacts from the Bronze Age and the Roman Empire attracts the most attention.

Address: Palazzo dei Musei, Modena, Largo Porta Sant’Agostino, Модена, Италия.

Enzo Ferrari Museum

Did you know that the creator of the Ferarri car brand was from Modena? Enzo Ferrari really lived in this city, and the museum named after him serves as a kind of tribute to the personality of this great man.

Part of the museum is located on the territory of the house where Enzo lived, and next to it is a modern exhibition hall.

The museum has a fantastic collection of Ferrari sports cars from different eras and all sorts of artifacts, so if you are a long-time fan of this car brand, you definitely have something to see in Modena.

In the house of Enzo you will see various exhibits that tell about the life and work of the master.

For any fan of the Ferrari brand, this museum is a real treasure!

Address: Museo Enzo Ferrari, Via Paolo Ferrari, Modena, Italy.

Villa San Donnino

Balsamic vinegar is one of the signature products of Modena, which has long been produced here according to proprietary recipes.

This vinegar is made from fresh grapes and aged in wooden barrels for decades.

Villa San Donnino is a recognized manufacturer of premium quality balsamic vinegar. The company has been perfecting the art of its aging for many, many years.

Booking a tour of the plant, you will be surprised to find that although this enterprise is one of the largest in the city, it is an ordinary family business in which a calm, homely and measured atmosphere reigns.

Address: Acetaia Villa San Donnino, Via Medicine, San Donnino, Modena, Italy.

Piazza Roma (Square of Rome)

There are several pretty squares in Modena that have incredible charm and charisma. Piazza Roma is definitely one of those squares. It can be found directly in front of the mighty Palace of the Dukes of Modena, which also made our list of the top 15 sights in Modena. On the other sides, the square is surrounded by old buildings with arched passages, shops and cafes.

In the center of the square there is a beautiful flowing fountain, which is illuminated at night. Also here you can see the statue of Ciro Menotti, the famous Italian revolutionary of the 19th century.

Address: Piazza Roma, Modena, Italy.

Palace of the Dukes of Modena

This former palace dating back to the 15th century is located next to the magnificent Piazza Roma and is one of the most striking and recognizable buildings in all of Modena. Initially, the palace served as the residence of the Dukes of Modena from the d’Este dynasty.

The building is adorned with a magnificent baroque façade with hundreds of windows and strict symmetrical patterns. In the center of the building there are several marble columns with a beautiful arched door.

Currently, the building has been given to the Italian military academy, so military ceremonies and parades are often held here.

Address: Palazzo Ducale, Piazzale della Rosa, Sassuolo, Modena, Italy.

Public Gardens

The public park Giardini Pubblici is located in the northeastern part of the historic center of the city. In the center of the park stands a beautiful palace, surrounded by a well-groomed lawn and beautiful flower beds that stretch along neat walking paths.

This is a pleasant and atmospheric place where you can have a good time and relax.

On the territory of the park there is a picturesque botanical garden with various exotic plants, and an interesting art gallery now functions on the territory of the palace.

If you want to have a bite or a drink, there are interesting cafes with reasonable prices.

Address: Giardini Pubblici, Modena, Modena, Italy.

Church of Saint Francis

The Church of St. Francis, located in the southwestern part of the old town center, is one of the most beautiful in the city.

The church was built in 1244, but it took more than two hundred years to complete it. All this time, Franciscan monks worked on it, to whom, in fact, it is dedicated.

The facade of the building, made of brick, is distinguished by arched windows, a beautiful round stained-glass window and a fresco depicting Franciscan monks above the door.

The ceiling of the church is decorated with many intricate patterns.

In addition, inside you can find a rather interesting terracotta sculptural group of 13 statues.

Address: Parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Rua dei Frati Minori, Modena, Italy.

Panini Motor Museum

Many sights of Modena are somehow connected with cars and motorsport, because the history of the city is closely intertwined with the auto industry.

The Panini Motor Museum, located southwest of Modena, offers a glimpse of an impressive collection of historic cars from different eras.

From the outside it looks like an unremarkable farm building, but inside you will find a collection of over 20 different vintage Maserati sports cars, including a 1936 6CM and the legendary Berlinetta Pinifarina, which once won the Thousand Mile Race.

This museum will definitely appeal to all lovers of classic sports cars.

Address: Collezione Umberto Panini, Strada Corletto Sud, Modena, Italy.

Enzo Ferrari Park

The name of Enzo Ferrari is inscribed in golden letters in the history of Modena, since it is to this man that the whole world owes the appearance of the Ferrari automobile empire.

It is not surprising that this city has a beautiful park named after this outstanding person.

Located to the west of the city’s historic center, the Enzo Ferrari Park covers a fairly large area and is an ideal place for relaxing and walking in the fresh air.

On the side of Viale Italia there is a vast grassy area where the locals love to play sports, and in the center of this area there is a beautiful lake.

In addition, there are trees, hiking trails and all possible amenities for tourists.

Address: Parco Enzo Ferrari, Viale Italia, Modena, Italy.

Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande, located next to the Cathedral in the center of the old historic city, may not be as noisy and bustling as Piazza Roma, but it has its own unique charm.

The square is paved with cobblestones and looks rather archaic; picturesque buildings with a large number of decorative arches lined up around.

Next to the cathedral is a beautiful city hall with a large decorative tower and a clock. Numerous cafes and restaurants are located nearby.

Next to the cathedral is a beautiful city hall with a large decorative tower and a clock. Numerous cafes and restaurants are located nearby.

Address: Piazza Grande, Piazza Grande, Modena, Italy.

Trading Card Museum

This unique museum is unlike any other museum in Modena. Here is a fantastic collection of cards that Giuseppe Panini has been collecting for decades.

The collection includes cigarette cards, coupons, calendars, menus, hotel labels, candy wrappers, stamps and more. All of these cards are cleverly organized into categories, so you’re sure to spend hours studying them.

The museum is located within walking distance from the Palace of the Dukes. You should definitely come here while walking along the Roman square.

Address: Corso Canalgrande, 103, 41121 Modena MO, Italy.

Albinelli Market

If you want to see how the locals live, you should definitely visit the Albinelli market in Via Luigi Albinelli.

This place resembles an old bazaar, which is not surprising, given its century-old history.

About 30,000 people a week come to the market, so feel free to go there any day of the week – life is always in full swing on Albinelli, and you will not find such an atmosphere anywhere else.

Endless stalls lined the paths selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, pastries, spices and even truffles.

Bargain with the locals, enjoy the unique smells and tastes, and observe how the locals live and communicate.

Address: Mercato Albinelli, Via Luigi Albinelli, Modena, Italy.

Fluviale River Secchia

The nature and landscapes of Modena delight tourists with their magnificence.

The Fluviale Fiume Secchia Park, located along the bend of the Secchia River between Modena and Reggio Emilia, is a natural reserve in which anyone can ride a bike or take a walk in the fresh air.

The reserve has forests, lakes, swamps and a wide variety of vegetation. Among the feathered inhabitants of the park you can meet kestrel, buzzards and hawks.

Consider renting a bike and riding up to this nature reserve from the very center of Modena.

Address: Street church of Marzaglia, Modena, Italy.

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