Known for being the birthplace of two great 20th century personalities such as the builder Enzo Ferrari and the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Modena is a city of medieval architecture, rich in valuable monuments such as the Duomo, the Ghirlandina tower and the Piazza Grande, included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to being a city of art, it is also a destination for a gourmet tourism. Visitors to Modena can enjoy the specialty that made it famous throughout the world: balsamic vinegar. To get the most out of the wonders of the city, book your stay at the B&B Hotel Modena!
If you are looking for the perfect hotel to visit Modena, the B&B Hotel Modena is the ideal solution for the needs of the whole family or for your business trips. Easy to reach by train or motorway, it is located 1.5 km from the historic center and is well served by public transport. If you prefer to walk, in just 15 minutes walk from the hotel you can already admire the Piazza Grande in front of the Ghirlandina Tower.
Founded in 183 B.C. as a Roman colony, Modena went through years of artistic and cultural splendour from 1598 to 1859 when it became the capital of the Este dukedom. Since it is surrounded but not bathed by two rivers, the Secchia and the Panaro, the sculptor Giuseppe Graziosi wanted to pay homage to this geographical peculiarity with the so-called "Fountain of the Two Rivers", located in Largo Garibaldi. If you want to know the darker side of the city, visit Villa Buonafonte. Legend has it that those who count the windows for the first time list 100, but the second time 99 so that a window can disappear. Will it be just an optical illusion?
Start your journey from Piazza Roma, where the Palazzo Ducale Estense (13th century), now the Palazzo Municipale, stands. Continue along Via Emilia, which dates back to Roman times, until you see yourself overlooked by the Ghirlandina Tower. Stop in Piazza Grande to admire the Duomo, a Romanesque jewel dating back to 1099, where you can take a picture of the beautiful sculptures by Wiligelmo that adorn the facade. End the tour with a visit to the Town Hall and cross the former Jewish Ghetto with its characteristic synagogue. If, on the other hand, the call of nature is stronger than the artistic one, start from nearby Vignola (MO) and follow the Via Dei Ciliegi as far as Marano (MO). The hills of Modena will give you postcard scenery!
Modena's pride and joy is Piazza Grande, where there is the Ghirlandina Tower, almost 90 metres high, and the Cathedral, designed by the architect Lanfranco and the sculptor Wiligelmo. Full of mysticism, the latter is one of the best preserved masterpieces of Romanesque art in Italy. An example of the legacy left to the city by the Este family is the Este gallery, an important collection of paintings and illuminated manuscripts dating back to the 14th century. If you are a car enthusiast, the Enzo Ferrari MEF-Museum and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello are well worth a visit, where you can see an exhibition of Ferrari sports cars and GT cars, as well as trophies, models and testimonies about the car manufacturer of the prancing horse.
In May, Modena hosts the Trasparenze Festival, a real invasion of actors and theatres who exhibit their art outside and inside theatres, involving the public in itinerant shows. Every year in mid-September, the highly anticipated Philosophy Festival takes place, which for three days brings together illustrious Italian and international philosophers and thinkers in Modena to discuss a specific theme. The city then turns into a great stage for debates and events that animate squares, theaters and churches, with exhibitions, films and live performances.