22 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Modena

Admittedly, I have seen very little of Italy. Venice, Rome, and Bologna, to be exact – which is not much at all. But I take great pride in saying that I have been to Modena, a city that represents Italy in many aspects, from the foodie culture to the car industry, and to the wonderful terracotta-coloured architecture.

Not familiar with Modena? You will be after this post. This idyllic town located on the flat plains of the sluggish Po River is home to some of Italy’s most precious culinary traditions as well as an infinitely authentic, deeply magnetizing atmosphere that I have rarely seen in my travels.

PS I will not be held responsible for any spontaneous plane ticket purchase made after reading this post. Continue at your own risk!

Modena Travel – In Photos

visit modena visit modenaPiazza Grande and Duomo di Modena

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The view from atop the campanile

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Photogenic alleyways behind the Duomo
The impressive walk to the top!
 

It makes sense to start at the beginning, right? This is why I headed to Piazza Grande and the Modena Cathedral first thing in the morning; I knew the view from atop the soaring Ghirlandina tower would not only make for good photos (and it certainly delivered on that aspect!), but would also help me get the lay of the land.

Duomo di Modena was first built a whopping millennium ago and has since been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its exceptional architecture, a “masterpiece of human creative genius” that remains, to this day, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe.

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modena travelDucal Palace of Modena

Now home to the Italian Military Academy headquarters, the Palazzo ducale di Modena served as the residence of the Este Dukes of Modena (one of the most prominent European families) for over 500 years. The building’s striking Baroque features are enhanced by the vast and virtually bare piazza in front of it.

modena travelmodena travelHosteria Giusti, one of the oldest restaurants in Modena

modena travelVia Luigi Carlo Farini

modena travelParrocchia Di Santa Maria Assunta Nella Metropolitana

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Of course, one of Modena’s most popular and well-known features are the long and elegant arcades. I tried to find out where exactly this classic Emilia-Romagna feature might be from; after all, you don’t go through all the trouble of building countless ornate archways just for the sake of it, right? Was it because of weather issues, or simply because of Modena’s wealth as a major trading point between Northern and Southern Europe?

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One of the best meals of my life was at Da Danilo in Modena. Tortellini is a local speciality, and each restaurant has its secret, mouthwatering filling that made me want to order second servings every time. Pictured here is a ricotta-spinach tortellini glazed in sweet balsamic vinegar. With a glass of local lambrusco, of course.

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Modena Travel: Know Before You Go

  • If indeed you wish to stay overnight and discover what Modena’s tummy is made of, get a ticket for the Discover Ferrari & Pavarotti land shuttle bus that will take you to wineries, Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar factories, Luciano Pavarotti house museum, Ferrari museum/factory and many more iconic Modena attractions.
  • Personally, though, considering I got my driver’s licence at the ripe age of 28 years old I wouldn’t say cars are a passion of mine! But Modena is, nonetheless, a famous car town. Ferrari, Maserati, Bugatti and many more are headquartered there – so if you’re a car enthusiast, this is definitely the place to be.
 

21 Comments on 22 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Modena

    • Marie-Eve
      February 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Tanja! Modena is definitely a must see.

      Reply
  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    February 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Beautiful post! These photos are all so representative of classic Italian culture; I especially love the first one!

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 11, 2016 at 12:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Mary!

      Reply
  2. Valeriia
    February 12, 2016 at 2:57 am (1 year ago)

    We were in Modena last year, but in reality it looked far worse than on your beautiful pictures :D Asking myself if it was the same Modena, though I suspect it’s the horrible weather to be blamed. Great job!

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 13, 2016 at 4:49 pm (1 year ago)

      Yes it was beautiful in September!

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  3. kami
    February 16, 2016 at 9:33 am (1 year ago)

    I was there some 10 years ago but I don’t remember the city to be that beautiful! Like this typical, perfect Italian place! Guess I should go back when I’m nearby to refresh my memory!

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 29, 2016 at 8:44 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, after 10 years, you should totally go back to Modena!

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  4. Jana
    September 16, 2016 at 3:31 am (9 months ago)

    Wow, these photos look great! Italy is such a beautiful country! Last summer I were in an apartment in Tuscany and it was great. Tuscany has such a beautiful landscape.

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    • Marie-Eve
      September 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Jana!

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  5. Andrea Hendrikx
    October 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm (7 months ago)

    Great photos! Loved our visit to Modena – especially the food (and my partner was in heaven at Ferrari).

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 4, 2016 at 4:13 pm (7 months ago)

      Modena is such an amazing city!

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  6. Martina
    November 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm (7 months ago)

    I live in Modena and I’m delighted to read that my small, cozy city has been so appreciated!

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm (7 months ago)

      You live in such a wonderful place! Lucky you!

      Reply
  7. Giulia
    November 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi! I’m from Modena, I’m glad to see beautiful pictur of my city.
    So, fist of all the arcades. There various sotories about them but it was probably a way to add more space to the house without closing the street (ex. in Bologna to add a room to rent to a student eccecc).
    About weather, Modena can be really gray and cold in winter and extremely wet in summer so maybe the best time to visit Modena are autumn, spring, and the beginning/end of summer.
    Also, the ricotta and spinach one are usually called “tortelloni”, literally “big tortelli”.
    Giulia

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm (7 months ago)

      Thanks for your input Giulia!

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  8. Fede
    November 18, 2016 at 2:14 am (6 months ago)

    Don’t forget that in Modena we have the best restaurant with the best chef of the world. The recently awarded Bottura’s Osteria Francescana 😁

    And one of the best “folklore” restaurant: Osteria da Ermes.

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  9. Stefania
    December 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm (5 months ago)

    I’m very pleased that you like my city :) Modena is famous in the world for its excellences but I think people should visit it also in order to know its way of life, the beautiful Emilian people and many other things that usually are less known. I’m trying to write about my city on my blog called My Modena Diary. Next time you’ll come here let me know that I’ll bring you to discover other beautiful things :) I’d be honored!

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    • Marie-Eve
      December 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm (5 months ago)

      I’ll let you know next time I’m in town, Stefania! :-)

      Reply
  10. Divya: Gone With A Whim
    May 18, 2017 at 4:25 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Color me inspired :) Gotta say, I love your photos and this post! :) I’m planning to travel solo to Modena for a few weeks. Can’t wait!

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    • Marie-Eve
      May 23, 2017 at 7:32 pm (6 days ago)

      Enjoy Modena! It’s a delightful town.

      Reply

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