Exploring...Modena

Our Top Picks for…Modena 

Foodies will make a jump now. Modena is one of the lesser frequented cities in Italy, but oh boy, let us tell you, this city is a true gem. Not known as a touristic hot spot (a definitive perk), the area is part of Italy’s economic powerhouse. Besides Bologna, this is also the culinary heart of Italy. Nowhere you will eat better pasta than in the Emilia-Romagna region. And don’t forget about all the Mortadella and Parmesan! We put together our top locations for your perfect weekend in Modena. Why not head off there still this year and sample some of the most delicious foods? Moreover, did we mention that the area is home to Ferrari and Lamborghini and their factory tours are just too good to be true?

 

 

For the food…

Osteria Francescana

Seeing happy tourists all flocking into the same direction in the old town of Modena can only mean one thing. They got a table at one of the world’s best restaurants (we might argue the best?). The hype is real. We’ve been there and it is simply amazing. If you want to get a table, head over to their website and strictly follow the instructions. No way around them, but believe us, it’s worth the wait…and the money.

Osteria Francescana

Via Stella, 22

41121 Modena

  

Franceschetta58

The little sister of Osteria Francescana offers delicious menus in a casual, hipster setting. Definitely book your table in advance. The restaurant is full booked every day. You will sit in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by internationals and locals alike.

Franceschetti 58

Via Vignolese, 58

41124 Modena

  

Ristorante da Danilo

The very best of Modena’s low-key traditional cuisine. Choose to sit outside in the little street during the warmer months and enjoy fantastic pasta and meats. The wine list is great too. For an Italian evening at its best. Perfect for a romantic dinner or an evening with friends.

Ristorante da Danilo

Via Coltellini, 31

41121 Modena

  

Osteria di Modena Rossi

Perfectly situated between several sights, this is a great place for lunch or simply a little snack, espresso or aperitivo. Try the daily plates!

Osteria di Modena Rossi

Piazza Roma, 1

41121 Modena

  

Archer

The perfect hangout for your mid-day snack, your early evening aperitivo or a late-night drink. Great cocktails! Try to get a table outside in the cobbled-stone street.

 

Archer

Via Cesare Battisti 54

41121 Modena

  

Emilia Cremeria Modena

Let us tell you. You haven’t really had ice-cream like that before. Try the delicious specials. You might want to head there more than once. Just saying…

Emilia Cremeria Modena

Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini, 17

41121 Modena

  

Mon Café

For the obligatory espresso, cornetto or aperitivo. A comfy and refined space to enjoy the Italian lifestyle, rest or sample some snacks at any time. Breakfast is delicious too! 

Mon Café

Corso Canalchiaro 128

41121 Modena

  

For the cars…

 

Museo Enzo Ferrari

There is simply no way around the luxury car manufacturers when visiting Modena. The recently opened new Enzo Ferrari museum is located directly in the city of Modena. Part of the space dates back to the very first origins of the Ferrari dynasty. You’ll feel the passion and vision of this unique car brand.

 

Museo Enzo Ferrari

Via Paolo Ferrari 85

41121 Modena

https://musei.ferrari.com/en/modena

 

Galleria Ferrari and Factory

Fancy some more Ferraris? Head over to Maranello (approximately 30min drive) for the Ferrari Factory tour and pic your favourite car. If you love some good competition, take your travel companion and race against each other in the simulator. It’s a lot of fun! Book ahead! 

Galleria Ferrari and Factory

Via Alfredo Dino Ferrari 43

41053 Maranello

https://musei.ferrari.com/en/maranello

  

Lamborghini Museum Mudetec and Factory

Oh yes, the Lamborghini Factory tour is an absolute must on your visit in the area. Book way in advance and get a guided tour in a small group through the entire facility. One of the best tours we ever did. It’s personal, exciting and if you haven’t been a fan of the brand by now, you’ll definitely be one afterwards.

 

Lamborghini Museum Mudetec and Factory

Via Modena 12

40019 Sant'Agata Bolognese

https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/experience/museum

 

 

Maserati Factory

One more of the luxury car manufacturers from Modena is Maserati. Situated in the city of Modena, not far from the new Enzo Ferrari Museum, dive into the history and passion of Maserati with their factory tour and showroom. Book in advance!

Maserati Factory

Viale Ciro Menotti 322

41121 Modena

https://www.maserati.com/international/en/brand/our-world/factory-tour

 

For the sights…

 

Duomo di Modena

Dating back to 1099 and UNESCO world heritage since 1997, Modena’s beautiful cathedral sits at the beautiful Piazza Grande. Walk through and if you do have some time to spend here, here, visit the cathedral’s museum next door to learn more about the cathedral’s rich history.

 

Duomo di Modena

Corso Duomo

41121 Modena

http://www.duomodimodena.it

 

 

Mercato Albinelli

Modena’s market is one of our highlights. You can sample balsamic, parmigiana and mortadella. Basically, what Modena is famous for and it’s simply delicious. Take some time to sit down in the middle of the market with your fresh purchases and do not forget to ask for two glasses of pignoletto, Modena’s very own sparkling wine. Closed on Sundays!

Mercato Albinelli

Via Luigi Albinelli 13

41100 Modena

http://mercatoalbinelli.it

 

Our Tip!

We can highly recommend to stay at B&B Quartopiano. This is one of the most romantic, quiet and peaceful places we’ve stayed at. A beautifully converted rooftop mansion in an old palace, perfectly located in the old town of Modena. Antonio is a great source for any tips and recommendations you need. Say hi from us!

B&B Quartopiano

Via Bonacorsa 27

41121 Modena

http://www.bbquartopiano.it

 

 

 

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