In the things to do tips I was complaining about the fact that Mr. Panini sold his football steakers company and now had a Maserati collection. Well when you visit the Maserati collection you cannot miss to notice the many cowsheds. Here infact there is not just the Maserati collection but also a parmigiano factory which is a wonderful place, I will never forget the smell that covers you as soon as you enter the room when the parmesan rounds are preserved.
This is a biological parmesan factory so the cow feeding procedures and the preservation of the cheese are very strict.
Fondest memory: The smell of the preservation room with more than 5000 parmesan rounds.
Modena has a site where you can download free audioguife about the town Download here
It is offered in italian, english and german and it is very informative.
You need a MP3 reader to use them.
The Municipality site also offer a good amount of information to help organize your visit.
click here to see : Comune di Modena
Modena has a very good photography associations, the Fondazione Fotografia. They organize lots of events, seminary and classes about photography.
While I was there in October 2011 there was an outstanding exhibit about Ansel Adams.
check out their calendar to see what else they offer, it is really good.
The exhibits are held in the building of Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino
Largo Porta Sant'Agostino, 228
Tel +39 335 1621739
Fax +39 059 238966
Ducal Palace is situated on the second largest square of the town, Piazza Roma, now housing the Molitary Academy.
The palace was begun in 1635 according to the wishes of Duke Francesco I d'Este, who engaged architect Bartolomeo Avanzini for the work. For over two centuries the building was the residential palace of Este family.
The old castlebuilt by Obizzo III in 1324 was incorporated in the new building.
Despite the fact that the palace was completed over long period of time, almost three centuries, its predominantly Baroque character.
The magnificent cathedral of Modena, along with the Ghirlandina (its bellfray) and the adjacent Piazza Grande, was declared by UNESCO part of the World Heritage.
The building was begun on 9th June 1099 in predominantly Romanesque style with some Gothic elements added two centuries later. The city already had its own Cathedral, however, authorities with the citizens' approval decided that another be built in order to contain the remains of the city's patron Saint Geminianus, Bishop of Modena in the 4th century.
Modena is not only City of Ferrari! There are much more to see and do. Once a Capital of Estense state (after Ferara) it's a really City of Art with many interesting building, monuments, museums... There are plenty of bars also! Cultural events are also very important. Pavarotti concerts in park are world known! Modena is also very elegant, green and rich!
Fondest memory: Walking around quiet sunday streets. Visiting open market. Enjoying in green area that encircle old City core.
Modena, settembre 1982. Esco dalla stazione e annuso l'aria. Come mi accoglierà Modena questa volta? Sono prevenuto. Ci sono passato un anno fa, in autostop, con mia sorella e non ci caricava nessuno.
Le prime persone che incontro sono due ragazze splendide, dalle gambe lunghissime. Chiedo qual'è autobus per andare all'università. Gentilissime, mi accompagnano a prendere il biglietto. Cominciamo bene, penso.
Salgo sull'autobus e chiedo ad un ragazzo di spiegarmi dove si scende per l'università. 'Ci vado anch'io, ti accompagno' risponde. Sempre meglio.
Nei giardini dell'università, cerco di capire dove si trova il Centro di calcolo. 'Cosa cerchi?' mi chiede una ragazza. 'Il centro di calcolo' ripondo. 'Ci vado anch'io. Ti accompagno'. Sogno o son desto?
'Volevo solo qualche informazione...', non faccio in tempo a finire che un gruppetto di studenti mi accoglie e mi spiega tutto con dovizia di particolari....
E cosi' via. Non c'e' che dire. Modena è una città accogliente.
If you have never been to Modena before the one thing you must do is go walk about on a Sunday afternoon at around 5 when everyone is parading. Then go to Cafe dell'orologio (next to Max Mara) and have an aperatif with some of the snacks from the bar. Finish off the evening in Il Grottino (via del taglio) with one of their tasty pizzas and some profiteroles for pudding.
Fondest memory: I miss Modena for its winter, when all the shops look so cold and old fashioned. I miss the tasty food from the fresh market every day. I miss club 37, and my Erasmus friends.
One of my fondest memories is the Pavarotti concert - it was suc a beautiful day and so exciting to have so many famous people in such a small town. Another fond memory is the festa della comunita and sitting on a slope in Parco Amendola listening to RAF...
See the cathedral, which is indeed a typical example of the architecture of Emilia Romagna (the region where Modena and Bologna are situated): reddish (a wonderful combination of red and white marble), and - leaning! I'm really sorry that my old Zenit couldn't manage the whole height of the belfry, because it leans under a different angle than the base. Furthermore, the back part of the building (click on the photo to see better) leans in the opposite direction!
Oh, yes. Emilia Romagna does provide things to wonder about.
Favorite thing: The morning I left Modena, I was able to find the Maserati factory - a quiet Saturday morning, nobody was around (rats!) so I couldn't even walk into the offices to see about getting any brochures. Ah, well, there'a always next time... isn't there?
I arrived at the factory (which I actually stumbled upon by accident as I drove back to the hotel) at just before 6 PM on a Friday. The guard was good enough to find someone who spoke English to speak with me, and she was nice enough to give me a quick look through the lobby museum (which actually had a sales meeting going on!).
To follow that up, she took me into the factory for a sneak peek at the Guara, a new European model - bee-yoo-tiful!!!
deTomaso is known in North America for the Pantera, which was sold by Ford in the 1970s.
Selling both luxury and sports cars over the years since 1959, their production levels are small compared to other manufacturers.
And for some reason, still unknown to me, there's a miniature horse pen in front of the factory...
Ferrucio Lamborghini had inherited a successful industrial company, making farm tractors, air conditioners and the like, and owned a few Ferraris in his time. Unhappy with the performance of the cars, the stories go that he approached Enzo Ferrari to voice his concerns and make suggestions, but Enzo wasn't impressed by a 'tractor maker'.
He then decided to make his own sports car, and the Lamborghini P350 was born. A decade (& a few lesser-known models) later came the Countach - that insect-winged, low-slung speedster everyone knows.
Based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, roughly on the opposite side of Modena as Maranello, the factory was under renovation during my visit, so there was no real photo opportunity other than from the roadway.
Since fall, 2001, there should have been a small museum in the lobby for visitors to view.
In Maranello, opposite the Ferrari factory, sits the Bar Cavallino - where many drivers, executives and other factory personnel take their lunch.
It might even be possible to find a discarded napkin with hand-drawn designs for a new model... but that may only be wishful thinking... :>
Maranello, a suburb of Modena, is home to the Prancing Horse.
While you need an appointment to enter the factory, and you might need proof of ownership to arrange a tour , lots of people can be found walking up & down in front of the factory, and over along the road in front of the Fiorano test track - if lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Michael Schumacher or a test car, but the crowd can be a danger, as they spill into the road.