WELCOME TO MODENA AND ITS ART, FLAVOURS AND CARS!
Modena is home to a wealth of valuable treasures that are a joy to discover without haste, surprising visitors with a magic tapestry of art, gastronomy and cars.
The ancient heart of the capital of the Dukedom of Este, Modena city of art, embraces architectural jewels admired throughout the world. The Cathedral, together with the Ghirlandina Belltower and Piazza Grande, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, a masterpiece of Italian Romanesque style. The seventeenth-century Palazzo Ducale, today home to the Military Academy, used to house the Court of the House of Este, which moved from Modena to Ferrara in 1598. The Estense Gallery and Library, where the most valuable works of art are preserved.
This area is synonymous with good food all over the world. A fame that dates back to ancient times due to its genuineness, respect for tradition and preservation of traditional flavours. The traditional and innovative menus in restaurants here will delight any palate. Visits can be made to farms throughout the province that produce Parmigiano – Reggiano DOP cheese, Lambrusco di Modena DOP, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP and IGP vinegars, Prosciutto di Modena DOP and other local foodstuffs.
Modena, birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, is a land of cars. Here in the heart of “motorvalley” mechanics are a passion with a long tradition and the myth of speed is an integral part of the culture. Racing and luxury cars are now part of a legend, having become collectors’ pieces and ambassadors for the name of Modena around the world. In addition to the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, in a radius of just a few kilometres there are several car-related factories, museums and private collections: the Maserati factory and showroom, the Umberto Panini museum of vintage cars and motorbikes, the Righini collection, Pagani Automobili, the new Autodromo di Modena racetrack and, in nearby Bologna, Ducati and Lamborghini.
The province offers plenty to discover! Carpi, the jewel of the Rinascimento, Nonantola with its Benedictine Abbey, Maranello and Ferrari, Sassuolo with Palazzo Ducale, the Ceramicland tours and nearby Terme di Salvarola spa centre, also popular for wine therapy, Spilamberto and the Museum of Balsamic Vinegar, the enchanting village of Castelvetro and Levizzano castle, Vignola with the Rocca dei Contrari fortress and local cherries, Montale with its Archaeological Park and Open-air Museum in Terramara and the nearby Modena Golf & Country Club. On the Modena Apennines with the Cimone area, top for winter sports, Pavullo, Zocca and the many villages offer not only unique scenery but also a chance to enjoy sport, excursions and visits to historical towns and castles.