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9 Interesting Things to Do in Modena, Italy

Priya Johnson Jul 18, 2019
Touted as the land of the supercars, the city of Modena (Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy) is home to three of the world’s greatest car brands: Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. The main source of the region’s economy comes from car manufacturing.

View the City from Torre della Ghirlandina (Bell Tower)

This approximately 86 m tall bell tower of Cathedral of Modena is referred to as the symbol of Modena.
Climb up the Torre della Ghirlandina for a phenomenal view of the city. Since this tower is visible from all parts of the city, it is a well-known icon of the city.

Ferrari Super Tour

Ferrari super fans are in for an experience of a lifetime in Modena. Treat yourselves to tours around the Enzo Ferrari Museum, Ferrari production plant, and even the Fiorano race track (test track).
Experience an exhilarating drive in cars on the race track or even rent a Ferrari and drive it around Modena, under the guidance of professional instructors. After the drive enjoy a meal in the fancy Ferrari-themed restaurant.

Lamborghini Tours

Yet another place that attracts car enthusiasts from across the globe is the Lamborghini Museum that takes you on a journey exploring everything about the famous Lamborghini.
Touring the production line is also unique experience. You can even choose from a wide range of luxurious Lamborghinis for a memorable driving tour.

Stroll around Piazza Grande: Central Square

Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, this grand square houses several iconic monuments in close proximity. It is also lined with lots of interesting shops and restaurants.

Balsamic Vinegar Factory Tour

Authentic Modena balsamic vinegar is known for its dark color and syrupy consistency. Pressed from grapes and aged for at least 12 years, traditional balsamic vinegar is aged anywhere between 18-25 years.
Sign up for a guided tour or go by yourself and witness the production of balsamic vinegar from scratch to finish. You will even get to taste varieties of balsamic vinegar.

Osteria Francescana: World-Class Restaurant

Osteria Francescana was ranked as the best restaurant in the world in The World’s Best 50 Restaurants in the year 2016 and 2018.
It's an expensive fine-dining restaurant that serves exquisite dishes revolving around the story and highlights of the region.

With just 12 tables in the restaurant, getting a reservation is a Herculean task!

Mercato Albinelli: Modena Food Market

Head to Modena’s authentic food market for a closer look into the Italian local life.

Besides the usual fresh produce, the market is a great place to take home Italian food souvenirs. Taste a variety of Italian street food here as well.

Visit a Parmigiano Reggiano Dairy

Modena is famous for its cheese - Parmigiano Reggiano, which is very different from the regular Parmesan.
Parmigiano Reggiano, touted as the king of cheese is DOP certified, which ensures its elevated quality.

Tour the Parmigiano Reggiano dairies and watch how this legendary cheese is made.

Learn to Make Passatelli

While the other pasta types like tortellini, tagliatelle, etc. are better known in the region, Passatelli is an interesting variant.
Passatelli is made from Parmigiano Reggiano, bread crumbs, eggs, and flour.

Learn how to make this interesting pasta from the locals themselves, by signing up for a cooking class.