Modena Things to Do

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    Some are 100 years old!
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Modena

  • 1. Duomo - Cathedral

    It was started since early 1099 and finally got consacrated in 1184 by Pope Lucio III. The dome is one of the best european romanic style masterpiece. But what caught my attention are the decoration...

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  • 2. Day Trip to Maranello - Ferrari

    Its 12 euros each (Aug 07). We got a refund. After a 35 minute visit. IF you can find it as their (Ferraris) Galleria web directions start from the wrong Motorway exit... very confusing. Is this why...

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  • 3. Palazzo Comunale - Town Hall

    It is on Piazza Grande, if you have the chance go up the steps and ask to visit the rooms, they are opened to public untill 7 pm usually. The main room are sala del fuoco(fire room) with Nicolò...

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  • 4. Palazzo dei Musei

    The Palazzo dei Musei is a large complex which is home to Modena's main galleries and museums. The most important attraction here is the Galleria Estense, located on the top floor of the building....

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  • 5. Balsamic Vinegar

    We stopped at the vineyards of Leonardi to see the the making of the real balsamic vinegar. We got to taste 10 year old balsamic vinegar, 30 year old balsamic vinegar and 100 year old balsamic...

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  • 6. Palazzo Ducale

    “The military colleges are preparatory for the senior cadet schools, of which there are two: the Military School (Scuola Militare) at Modena for cavalry and infantry cadets, and the Military Academy...

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  • 7. Market

    If this is your first time to Modena, you MUST visit the market. Here you will see the many foods that make up the local cuisine of Modena. This area of Italy is known for great food, and they are...

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  • 8. Church San Domenico

    Located at its namesake piazza near il Palazzo Ducale, la Chiesa di San Domenico was built by the Dominican Friars upon their arrival in Modena in the 13th century. The actual structure, though, with...

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  • 9. Via Emilia

    Via Emilia is a street built by romans, it was wanted by consol Marco Emilio Lepido and its porpous was to connect Rimini and Piacenza.Its importance for busyness and trade for the areas it gies...

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  • 10. Church San Barnaba

    “Modena is a place of great antiquity. It was a strong-bold in the time of Cesar, and after his death was occupied by Brutus, and besieged by Antony. There are no traces left, except some mutilated...

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  • 11. Tempio Monumentale

    Tempio Monumentale rises, grand and imposing, on Piazza Natale Bruni. Near to the train station, if you walk into the Modena’s centro storico, this church will be one of the first sights you see....

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  • 12. Ghirlandina Tower

    The Torre Ghirlandina (ghirlandina tower) is just next to the dome and it has been connected to it with an arch in order to get it more stable during the years. The first five floors of the tower were...

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  • 13. Church San Giorgio

    Also known as the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Helper of the Modenese People (Ausiliatrice del popolo modenese) the Church of St. George boasts a venerated image of the Virgin above the high altar....

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  • 14. Church San Francesco

    Built in 1244, la Chiesa di San Francesco is one of the oldest Franciscan churches in the world. At the time of its construction, it was located outside the city limits, but merged within Modena over...

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  • 15. Theater Luciano Pavarotti

    “If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.” — Luciano Pavarotti, Modena’s native son (1935-2007) In 1838, Marquis...

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  • 16. Piazza Grande

    Named simply as the 'large square', Piazza Grande is the heart and focal point of historic Modena. The vast piazza began developing in the 12th century as the civic and religious centre of the city...

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  • 17. Synagogue

    This beautiful Neoclassical building, dominating Piazza Mazzini in the heart of historic Modena, is the city's only synagogue, officially called il Tempio israelitico di Modena. It was built in 1873...

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  • 18. Motor Museum

    Mr. Panini is known by people of my generation in Italy mainly for one reason:he created the most popular football players stickers. We really spent years collecting those stickers and exchanging them...

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  • 19. Church San Pietro

    The interior of San Pietro consists of a wide central nave flanked by two aisles on either side, separated by cruciform pillars. It contains arches and vaulted ceilings, but with the exception of...

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  • 20. Parco Ducale

    What was once the vast garden of the Palazzo Ducale is now a public park known as il Giardino Ducale Estense. It is a Renaissance-style garden which was created in the 17th century as part of the...

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  • 21. Military Academy

    Modena is a military town. According to a local woman seated next to us at lunch the military academy owns much of the real estate in town, using it to house the cadets and administer the Academy. We...

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  • 22. Palazzo Belle Arti

    Commissioned in 1785 by Duke Ercole III d'Este, il Palazzo di Belle Arti was specifically designed as l'Accademia delle Belle Arti, the Beaux-Arts academy of Modena. The Neoclassical design, with its...

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  • 23. Corso Canalchiaro

    The history of this winding mediaeval street is betrayed by its name: Corso Canalchiaro ("Clear Canal Road"). Originally, the street was actually a canal, one of many in Modena, which is the reason...

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  • 24. Collegio San Carlo

    Founded in 1626, originally as "il Collegio dei Nobili della Madre di Dio e di San Dionigi Areopagita", this religious educational establishment was rededicated to San Carlo (Borromeo) only decades...

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  • 25. Porticos

    “This petty duke of Modena is a man of about fifty, and said to be the greatest tyrant after Don Miguel in the world. The prisons are full of suspected traitors: one hundred and thirty of the best...

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