Top 5 things you can't miss in Modena

Here it is, let me finally write something about Modena. Most of the people don't think about it as a touristic place to be visited but it is a big mistake. This tiny city offers really a lot, specially when it comes to food it is absolutely unbeatable. Considering its strategic position, a stopover during the car journeys, is not stuffy at all . Here are my top five things to do in Modena. You can't miss them out.

  1. The cathedral in the city center, located in the middle of the Piazza Grande. It is fascinating inside and wonderful outside. Remember that as usual in most of the cities in Italy, it is closed during the lunch time. The entrance to the church is free while you pay € 3.00 for the tower (ghirlandina). Even if you are not directly headed to Modena, as I said before, a stopover while driving from Bologna to Milan is really worth. 
    Modena
  2. My second favorite goes for the Salse di Nirano. Such an unusual place! It is a real geological wonder made of cold mud volcanos. You can easily arrive at the bottom of the national park by car and walk up until you reach close to the volcanos. Believe me it is a must when you are around. There are some new built trails inside the park where doing some hiking or simply a pleasant walk with friends. Sadly these trails are built without taking account that would have been nice if people could see the boiling process while walking. So you can just hear the gurgle and see the mad hills from far. 
    Salse Di Nirano
  3. Modena is known as a Modor Valley: You can visit so many museums here. What you can learn here about motors has nothing compared to the information you get out of the city. This year specially came to my attention the Panini private collection (HOMBRE). Mr. Umberto Panini, has bought the whole maserati collection during it's time of crisis in order to keep the collection inside the country. Remain to be seen also the abandoned Bugatti factory. Not only for the style within it has been built but also for its history. Maserati factory has also recently opened its door for visitors.
  4. How many of you know that Modena is a mother land for the world famous Parmisan cheese and Balsamic Vinegar? Those both things can be bought for a very cheap price here. Yep, while I was in Milan I saw some inaccessible prices. The 30 months old Parmisan costs not more than € 15.00. So you food lovers, how can you leave the country without tasting the original one? It's said that the best Parmisan comes from San Dalmazio, a hill village close to Modena. 
  5. As I already told you first, when it comes to food they are unbeatable. My advice goes for Trattoria Ermes in Via Ganaceto. It is the oldest one (1963) in the city. This restaurant is run by an old couple, Ermes and Bruna. They don't accept reservations so queuing is the only solution. Sometimes you have to wait two hours before getting a seat. Waiting is absolutely worth. Due to Ermes' heath condition it could be closed sometimes so check ahead before going: phone: 059 23 80 65.There are so many other options in the city: Aldina, Taverna dei Servi and Il Fantino. In case you want to buy some food items visit the Albinelli Market which is open from Monday to Saturday in the morning only. It's a century old market selling local produces and products.
These are my must suggestions for the the city. I really hope it could  help the ones visiting the area. There are much more of course, so don't wait to explore them by yourself.


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14 comments:

  1. I've been all over Italy but never Modena! Isn't everybody town just amazing and beautiful?

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  2. I dislike queuing for foods especially when I'm totally starving, but in this case if it's worth to wait then I will. Haven't been to Italy but based on your post, seems like a wonderful place to visit! Definitely visiting in the future!

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  3. I have travelled to much of Italy, but not Modena. I love parmesan cheese and of course balsamic vinegar so I will add Modena to my list when I next visit Italy. Thanks for sharing this great information

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  4. I am glad you have explored a less explored destination! There are so many potential tourist sites everywhere but people go only to the tried and tested ones!By the way, I wasn't aware that Modena is the land of Parmisan cheese!

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  5. Unfortunately I didn't get to visit Modena when in Italy, but I spent plenty of time in the north, (Veneto), but I still managed to eat plenty of parmesan, pecorino, asiago (will stop now!) and aceto balsamico throughout my travels :)

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  6. Wow! Though it is not a touristic destination, it still offers a lot of things to do here so you wiuld definitely enjoy your trip here!

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  7. Great read! Had no idea about all of those places!

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  8. I've never been to Italy myself, so I'll definitely take your recommendations into account.

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  9. I remember my visit to Modena. It is listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites list and that made include it in my itinerary. I visited the cathedral and a beautiful park there. I wish I had the time to visit the museums you mentioned.

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  10. Modena looks quaint and lovely. The fact that not many tourists head that way, makes the place more alluring. The cathedral looks lovely and the town too must be really picturesque. Italy is full of these charming little places that not many people are aware of.

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  11. Never been to Italy, but planning to visit my in law soon. Hopefully we'll get a chance to visit Modena! Adding this on our list of places to visit.

    Thanks & God bless!

    JM Kayne | #InMyHeart♥

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  12. Looks like a very interesting place to visit. And the spots that you mentioned are so versatile and interesting. I had never heard of cold mud volcanos so I will definitely like to visit one. And the museums will definitely be of interest as well.

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  13. Did not know that Parmesan cheese comes from here. The city does have some intriguing facts that make it interesting. Must look up more on it.

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  14. Museum and vinegar, though there is no apparent relation to this two, I like them. I think I'll enjoy Modena if I could go to a lit museum and I could have a tasty vinegar!!!

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