Oct 17, 2010
The city of Modena is located on the south side of the Po valley and in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Modena lies between the cities of Reggio Emilia and Bologna. Many people traveling from northern European countries such as Germany pass by Modena when heading to central or southern Italy as the Brennero to Modena Motorway ends here. (A22) Modena has a mixed climate, being very hot and humid during the summer, with little rain and damp, cold winters.

Some of Modena main sights include the historic cathedral, the Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande which are listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Modena city hall has a clock tower dating back to the 15th century.
The Palace Museum which was originally a fortified castle is currently home to most of Modena museums such as the Estense Gallery, Estense Library, Mediaeval and Modern Art Museum, Este Headstones Museum, Graziosi Chalks Gallery and the Archaeological and Ethnological Museum.

The Ducal Palace is another great place to visit which currently is home to the Modena Military Museum.

Modena is also known as the City of Engines and most famous for the sports car Ferrari which was created by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. Scuderia Ferrari is the racing division of Ferrari and was originally located in Modena. Since 1943 the factory was moved to Maranello which is located about 18KM from Modena city centre. Next to the Ferrari factory you can find the Ferrari Museum making it a great day out for anyone who is into this famous brand of sports cars.

Ferrari also named the 360 Modena car based on its home city. If you have ever wanted to drive a Ferrari, you can make that dream come true at PushStart, located right next door to the Ferrari museum. Sessions range from 10 minutes up to 120 minutes depending on your budget. Enzo Ferrari once lived in Modena city centre and his childhood home has now been turned into a museum. Inside the home you can watch a series of videos, view a large selection of Photos and other memorabilia about the history of the cars.

Modena is also famous for being the home of Balsamic vinegar which has been produced in this province since the Middle Ages. In fact, when you drive around the province, you will surely signs of local producers selling the famous condiment as well as other local products such as parmesan cheese which is also produced here.

If you wish to learn more about the process and history of balsamic vinegar, then we suggest you visit the Balsamic Vinegar Museum which is located in the town of Spilamberto, about 17KM from Modena City Centre. If you do not have a car, there are busses from Modena train station.

The Modena region also produces sparkling wine, red, rose and white are the most common but there are a number of varieties. Modena lies in the heart of the Lambrusco zone.

Modena has been home to some famous musicians over the years including the famous opera singer Luciano Pavarotti who sadly died in 2007. The Teatro Comunale was recently renamed to celebrate Pavarotti.

The famous Italian rock artist Vasco Rossi is from a very beautiful town in the Modenese hills called Zocca, which is particularly famous for its chestnuts grown in the area.

As you can see there is good selection of museums and intersting places to visit in and around the city of Modena.

Jane Carey

Community Member
Dec 30, 2013
Thanks for posting this article. I had not heard of Modena, and was surprised to learn it's the home of the Ferrari. I will definitely check out the place that lets you test drive one.