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 Vittorio Veneto 10 I - 41100 Modena
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..
Corso Canalgrande, 6 I - 41121 Modena
Just 5 minutes’ walk from Modena Cathedral, Hotel Canalgrande’s rooms have air conditioning and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Modena Train Station is 2 km away. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lounge area, which features sofas and a..
Viale Jacopo Berengario 11 I - 41121 Modena
Prix Prices from : 70 €
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..
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
Although its location on the outskirts may lack the atmosphere of the historical centre, this restaurant has become a popular choice for gourmet enthusiasts in Modena. Specialities include charcuterie, tortellini and bolliti, as well as more contempo..
via Castelmaraldo 45 I - 41121 Modena
This restaurant overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in Modena. It combines the traditional and the modern in both its decor and cuisine.
via Castelmaraldo 29 I - 41121 Modena
As its name suggests, this simple, modern restaurant situated in the historic centre specialises in fish and seafood. It offers a wide variety of dishes, including raw fish, and more elaborate, inventive cuisine. Traditionalists can choose from a sel..
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..
via Stella 22 I - 41121 Modena
Of the original osteria, only the name remains. The highly inventive chef at this modern restaurant takes inspiration from his childhood memories and the traditional flavours of Modena. He creates a range of imaginative dishes that surprise and delig..