Things to see and do - Modena
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Situated at the crossroads between the Via Emilia and the Brenner route, this large industrial city in the Emilia-Romagna region specialises in the production of shoes, cars and railways. The old district remains quiet and peaceful, huddled around its superb cathedral and dotted with large arcaded squares. Here, numerous inns serve regional specialities such as zamponi (stuffed pigs’ trotters), accompanied by a glass of sparkling red Lambrusco wine.
Tourist attractions Modena : Things to see and do
Piazza Grande I - 41100 Modena
Begun in 1099, this cathedral is one of the masterpieces of Italian Romanesque art. It is by the Lombard architect Lanfranco, the Maestri Campionesi (Campionesi Masters) and the sculptor Wiligelmo. As well as remarkable external sculpted decoration a..
1er étage, escalier à droite I - 41100 Modena
With 600 000 volumes and 15 000 manuscripts, this is one of the richest libraries in Italy. The high point is undoubtedly the Bible of Borso d'Este, with 1 020 pages illuminated by Ferrara artists in the 15C among whom was Tadeo Crivelli.
Largo Porta S. Agostino 337 I - 41100 Modena
The gallery opens with a bust of Francesco I of Este, a masterpiece by Bernini. It has paintings from the 15C Modena school which was much influenced by the Ferrarese school represented here by Cosmè Tura. Venetian and Bologna masters linked to the &..
Viale Jacopo Berengario 11 I - 41121 Modena
The modern Hotel Estense is right in Modena’s centre, within a 15-minute walk from Modena Cathedral and the train station. It offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, and elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs. With either carpeted or wood floors, rooms at Este..
Via Blasia 10 I - 41100 Modena
Situated in the historic centre of Modena, in a restricted traffic zone, Best Western Hotel Libertà is ideally set just a short walk away from a number of attractions, including the Duomo. Featuring free Wi-Fi, all rooms at the Libertà are air condi..
Viale Vittorio Veneto 10 I - 41100 Modena
Prix Prices from : 99 €
With a central location in Modena, 10 minutes' walk from the cathedral, Central Park Hotel offers free parking and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and minibars. Central Park is a family-run hotel located opposite Biblioteca Estense, a 17t..
via Castelmaraldo 45 I - 41121 Modena
This bright and minimalist restaurant is decorated with contemporary paintings. It serves as the backdrop for traditional regional cuisine and more imaginative dishes created by the talented young chef.
vicolo Squallore 46 I - 41121 Modena
A niche establishment with just four tables in the back of a famous delicatessen. A rustic setting but with more refined table linen; the cuisine is home-made and Emilian.
via Emilia Ovest 622 I - 41123 Modena
A charming small restaurant where the husband works in the kitchen and the wife is the sommelier. The menu features typical cuisine from Modena, as well as a selection of more imaginative meat and fish dishes.
via Stella 22 I - 41121 Modena
A chef with a worldwide reputation, Bottura serves typical favourites from Modena. These range from tortellini pasta to meat stews, alongside a selection of more avant-garde and experimental dishes. Highly recommended for anyone interested in discove..
piazza Roma 31 I - 41121 Modena
Right in the centre of the town, traditional restaurant with rooms with a pleasant slightly old-fashioned atmosphere, where you can try local specialities and home-made pasta.
piazzetta San Giacomo 17 I - 41121 Modena
Although youthful, the management of this restaurant is experienced and efficient. The cuisine is innovative but strongly influenced by traditional Emilian recipes. In summer one can dine outside on the little piazza, in sight of a gently splashing f..