Have you ever been to Modena?
A few years ago nobody knew there was a nice little village on the Emilia Street with one of the most beautiful Cathedral of the Region build in 1099, influenced by Romanesque art style, the cathedral is a Unesco heritage site since 1997.
Recently, Modena has be come more and more famous thanks to its famous three Michelin stars chef Massimo Bottura and it has been ranked third out of 9 places in the world for food and gastronomy from the famous Tripadvisor platform.
Osteria Francescana is the best place in Italy for foodies in 2021 but it was also twice named the best restaurant in the world!!
So, even if you need at least € 300 for a 12 – course “tasting” meal and a 6 – month waiting list, people are queuing up to try this experience!
But if you cannot spend so much to eat in this restaurant you can find many other wonderful restaurants downtown like Osteria “Franceschetta” the Trattoria Francescana’s bistrot (https://franceschetta.it) where
you can have a tasting menu at 55 or 74 euros or ”Caffè concerto” (https://www.caffeconcertomodena.it),
right beside the Cathedral, in the main street, where you can have a good tasting lunch at approx. 25euro.
After the tour of the cathedral climbing up to the top of the Ghirlandina tower is a must for an amazing view of the city. During the week – ends it is also possible to visit the Military Academy inside the Ducal Palace,
number one Baroque palace in Europe and old residence of the Estense Family when left Ferrara.
(adults 10 euro and people up to 12 years old euro 8)
Moreover, if you are a car lover, you cannot miss the Enzo Ferrari Museum, a futuristic arena with many beautiful Ferrari vintage cars and some F1simulators or the Maserati, not far from the museum.
Lamborghini and Pagani factories, if you are around, should also be on the top of your list!
Do you like opera?
If so you will certainly remember the famous tenor Luciano Pavarotti and you absolutely have to visit the house/museum he built to entertain his friends, teach young singers and enjoy family life.
(The house is 20 minutes’ drive from Modena and ticket is approx. 10 euro per adult).
If you are in Bologna you can reach Modena by train in 30 minutes but if you want to visit many other attractions in the area, like for example a Balsamic factory, to learn how the famous “Aceto balsamico” is made or the ”Parmigiano Reggiano” factory, I suggest you to rent a car.
If you don’t like to drive in the area because of the traffic, especially in the peak hours, you can keep in touch with a driver/guide who can show you around at your own pace!
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