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Modena Old Town

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Type of sights

Old town

 

Name and address

Modena Old Town

IT-41121 Modena

Geodetic coordinates

44.646608 10.926309

Communication

Modena, Piazza Grande
Modena, Piazza Grande
Modena, Torre Ghirlandina
Modena, Torre Ghirlandina

Modena is a town of the Emilia-Romagna Region, in the middle of northern Italy.

Understand

The town is well-known all over the world, especially for some famous people who were born and lived here such as Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti, and for some of its gastronomical products, such as tortellini, Lambrusco wine, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan cheese. It is a town that, in 40 years, has become one of the richest and most socially advanced in Italy: 77km of cycling paths, 16 cinemas, 25 libraries, and one of the oldest universities in Europe. It sits at the crossroads between the Brenner motorway and the Autostrada del Sole, just 40km kilometres from the important railway and airport node of Bologna. Tourists from all over the world visit the art treasures in Modena: the 12th century cathedral and masterpieces of Italian Romanesque art, that together with the Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina tower, create a complex of unique beauty, included by UNESCO in the "World Heritage list".

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Piazza Grande

A UNESCO heritage site. It is the centre of life of the city. It is a festive, crowded place on Saint's Day (31 January) in honour of the local patron saint, San Geminiano, and on the Thursday before Lent. In front, in the apse of the cathedral, the pole, tile, brick, and fathom units of measure are engraved, to assure honest trading in the piazza. This bears witness to the fact that the piazza was a place of great economic importance and the heart of the city.

  • Cathedral. Audioguides can be useful to discover the cathedral, the cathedral museums, Piazza Grande, and the town hall. They are available in Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish. You can rent them, accompanied by a folding leaflet with maps of the monuments, at the museums of the cathedral and Tourist Information Office in Piazza Grande 14 for €4, plus entrance to the museums or monuments. 
  • Cathedral Museums, Via Lanfranco, 6. € 4.00 (€6.00 — combined ticket to: Ghirlandina bell tower, the historic rooms in Palazzo Comunale, Municipal Vinegar Factory, Cathedral Museums). 
  • Torre Ghirlandina (Ghirlandina Tower), Piazza Torre. Su & public holidays from Apr-Oct & 31 Jan, 09:30-12:30, 15:00-19:00. Closed in Aug and on Easter Su. 86m high and the symbol of the city. UNESCO has added the Ghirlandina, together with the cathedral and Piazza Grande, to its list of heritage sites. €3.00 (also see Cathedral Museums). 
Other attractions
  • Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), Piazza Grande, 16. M-Sa, 08:00-19:00; Su and public holidays 15:00-19:00. M-Sa free, Su and public holidays €2 (also see Cathedral Museums). 
  • Palazzo dei Musei (Museum building), Viale Vittorio Veneto, 5,  +39 0592 033125. Daily, 08:00-19:30. The Museum Building, built in the 18th century, was converted in 1881 into a museum housing the paintings and books of the Este family. 
  • Palazzo Ducale di Modena (Ducal Palace of Modena), Piazza Roma, 15. Formerly the palace of the Duke, which ruled Modena until 1859. Today the palace is the headquarters of the Military Academy. The museum of the military academy displays weapons, memorabilia, and military items (flags, uniforms, drums, etc. 
  • Palazzo Santa Margherita.  (updated May 2016)
  • Giardini Pubblici. the former gardens of the Ducal palace (updated Apr 2016)
  • Palazzina dei Giardini, Corso Canalgrande, 103,  +39 0592 032940. Originally a greenhouse, currently it hosts Galleria Civica
  • Botanical Gardens.  (updated Apr 2016)
  • Cimitero San Cataldo (Cemetery).  
Churches
  • Sant'Agostino (St. Augustine parish church), Via Emilia (next to Palazzo dei Musei). A pantheon for the Estense family. (updated Apr 2016)
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pomposa. One of the oldest chureches in Modena — it was mentioned 1st in 1153. (updated Apr 2016)
  • Chiesa di San Francesco, Rua Frati Minori 19. Next to the former St. Francis convent. (updated Apr 2016)
  • Chiesa di San Biagio del Carmine (della Beata Vergine Annunziata). Built in 1319, reconstructed in 1649 
  • Chiesa di San Bartolomeo. A Jesuit church built in the 17th century. 
  • Abbazia dei padri Benedettini di San Pietro (Monastery and Church of San Pietro). 6:15-12:00, 14:45-19:30.  
Automotive museums
  • Automobili Pagani (In San Cesario sul Panaro, Via dell'Artigianato, 5 (Mo)). Guided tours of the factory are available only by reservation M-F, or on Saturday Morning but without workers. The guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. 
  • Enzo Ferrari Home Museum (Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari), Via Paolo Ferrari, 85. The house in which Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898. Its ultramodern external structure in yellow aluminium suggests the bonnet of a car. The museum's mission is to acquaint the public with Modena's dedication to the automobile and racing, as well as with the story of this great figure in the history of car design and manufacturing. Exhibits include multimedia installations and displays. 
  • Righini Private Collection of Vintage Cars (Panzano of Castelfranco Emilia). Open on request.  
  • Stanguellini Vintage Car Museum, Via Emilia Est, 756,  +39 0592 032660. Reservation only. Opened in 1996. 
  • Umberto Panini Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum (At Hombre Farms where Parmigiano Reggiano is produced). Displays a variety of classic cars and motorcycles, including an exquisite group of Maseratis. 

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Added on 04 Sep 2013,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 03 Sep 2016