Modena is an ancient Etruscan town more recently known for the famous cars made in or near the city…Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati are, or were located in Modena.
The centre of Modena, Piazza Grande, is a Unesco World Heritage site.
Here you will find the magnificent Cathedral of Modena. It looks great from all angles.
It was built between 1099 and 1106 by architect Lanfranco. The gorgeous sculptures were carried out by Wiligelmo in the 12th century and the Maestri Campionesi in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The interior of the church is stunning.
The terracotta nativity scene dates from 1527.
The Renaissance Clock Tower in the Town Hall was built in the late 15th century. The building was constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries from pre-existing buildings.
La Bonissima, dating from 1268, stands on the corner of the building, keeping a eye on things.
Pietra Ringadora, a huge stone slab, was used between 11th and 13th centuries by orators and a stone of shame for insolvent debtors. It was also the place where justice was administered and commercial transactions were carried out. Now it is a good spot to lean bicycles.
The impressive Ducal Palace is where Italian Military officers are trained. It is not open to the public but looks stunning from the outside.
I want one of the lion’s head chain holders at the front entrance.
As well as the wonderful historic buildings, Modena is chock full of beautiful things to see. The elegant streets are full of great looking cafes and modern shops.
Giuseppe Giusto, a famous deli was recommended by a friend as a must see.
There are 4 tables at the back where you can have a delicious meal, but it was fully booked when we were there..next time.
The covered food market in Modena is excellent.
A charming fellow in the markets recommended a good place for lunch nearby. I don’t remember then name of the restaurant, but it was upstairs opposite the exit from the market.
Modena was a pleasant surprise for us. It is a city that mixes old and new very well. There is an excellent museum full of treasures. I think it is going to become a regular place for us to visit. We drove from Bagni di Lucca across the mountains in about 2 hours, but it is also an easy place to get to by train…don’t miss it.