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Modena: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

Modena is a real gem of Emilia Romagna. A city where history, art, traditions, good food and engines meet able to offer a great variety of tourist attractions. In fact, in Modena there are classic sites present in every city, such as the Duomo, and a great variety of museums ranging from the most common Civic Art Museum to the rarest and most unique Figurine Museum, obviously passing through the famous and representative Enzo Museum. Ferrari and much more. Here's what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Modena!



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Modena in a weekend
  2. What to see in Modena in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Modena: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Modena
  5. Plan your stay in Modena: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Modena in a weekend

1 - Enzo Ferrari Museum

The Enzo Ferrari Museum is certainly the most famous attraction in Modena. The museum is obviously dedicated to the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the famous car manufacturer of the same name. The building was built in the shape of a hood and painted in yellow as a reference to the background of the famous brand Ferrari, while the interior has wavy and sweeter shapes among which there are exhibitors containing news on the life and works of Enzo Ferrari and the inevitable exhibition of cars placed on mobile rotating platforms raised from the ground.


  • it is located between the historic center and the station, easily reachable by car or in 15 minutes on foot from the center and 8 minutes on foot from the station - Get directions
  • every day from 9: 30 to 18: 00
  • full € 16,00 - reduced for seniors and students € 14,00 and for children under 19 € 6,00
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2 - Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande is the main square of Modena and represents the heart of its historic center. The square is overlooked by important historic buildings such as the seventeenth-century palaces of the Municipality and the Region, currently united by a series of arcades, but most of all the elegant Ghirlandina Bell Tower peeps out, belonging to the Cathedral of Modena, located immediately behind the square.
In 1997 Piazza Grande was included, together with the Duomo and the Civic Tower, in the UNESCO list.


  • it is the most central point of Modena and can be easily reached on foot from any area of ​​the historic center - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

3 - Modena Cathedral

The Cathedral of Modena is the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo and San Geminiano and represents the main place of worship in the city. The structure was built in the sepulcher of San Geminiano, patron saint of Modena, by the architect Lanfranco and in fact still today in the crypt of the cathedral there are the relics of the saint.
The Cathedral is considered a masterpiece of the Romantic style with its external facade structured in pillars and balconies but above all for its large bell tower, called the Ghirlandina Tower, together with which it is part of UNESCO. Inside it is made up of red bricks and it preserves many works of art such as frescoes, paintings and statues.


  • it is located in the historic center, therefore easily reachable on foot - Get directions
  • open Tuesday to Sunday from 7:00 to 19:00 and Monday from 7:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00
  • free

4 - Estense Gallery

The Estense Gallery is a museum in Modena, which exhibits the collection of works of art belonging to the Dukes of Este and a collection of works acquired over the last two centuries. The gallery is located in the current seat of the Palazzo dei Musei, established as early as 1854 by Francesco V of Habsburg-Este but moved to the palace starting in 1894. Inside the gallery you will find four halls and sixteen exhibition rooms entirely dedicated to the great artistic heritage of this family which includes paintings, statues, busts, ancient coins and much more.


  • located in the historic center, within walking distance of other central attractions - Get directions
  • open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 to 19:30 and Sunday from 14:00 to 19:30 - closed on Mondays
  • full € 10,00 - children free

5 - Civic Museum of Art

The Civic Museum of Art is another interesting museum in Modena, also it located in the Palazzo dei Musei where it was established starting from 1871 after having carried out excavations, mostly prehistoric. In the museum in addition to artistic works, there are also ethnological collections which since 1962 have been divided into two distinct sectors, giving life to the Archaeological Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art.
All the complex that forms the Civic Museum of Art owes the greatness of its exhibition largely to the city contribution of aristocratic collectors, for example, the fabrics and decorated papers were donated by Count Luigi Alberto Gandini, while the weapons by the Marquis Paolo Coccapani Imperiale, the musical instruments instead by Count Luigi Francesco Valdrighi.


  • located in the historic center, within walking distance of other central attractions - Get directions
  • open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 12:00 and on weekends also from 16:00 to 19:00
  • free

6 - Municipal Acetaia

Modena could not miss a place where you can discover and closely observe the ancient tradition of vinegar production. The Acetaia Comunale was born for this reason in 2003 thanks to the Consorteria of the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, housed in the attic of the Town Hall.
Inside there are three batteries containing six barrels each that started producing the so-called "aged vinegar" in 2015, while the production of "very old vinegar" is planned for 2028. In addition there are also three large barrique barrels of 100 and 200 liters and various objects related to the culture of vinegar such as the tragni, glazed terracotta pots to better preserve the vinegar.


  • it is located in the historic center, easily reachable on foot - Get directions
  • open from Friday to Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 and from 15:30 to 16:30
  • € 2,00
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7 - Botanical Garden of the University of Modena

The Botanical Garden of Modena has existed since 1758 by the will of Duke Francesco III d'Este who wanted a part of the Ducal Garden to be used for medicinal plants. The University, on the other hand, was established 7 years later and everything was increased with the enrichment of the Herbarium and the purchase of numerous botanical collections, including the Garden of Conte Cattaneo di Novara and, towards the 20s , the collections of General Vaccari and Emilio Chiovenda, the latter rich in samples from Eritrea and Somalia.

  • is located between the historic center and the station, easily reachable in 15 minutes on foot from the center and 8 minutes on foot from the station - Get directions
  • open only from April to July and in September from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00
  • free

8 - Estense Lapidary Museum

The Estense Lapidary Museum was the first public museum in Modena, founded by Duke Francesco IV of Austria-Este in 1828, inspired by important and already known examples such as the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum in Verona and the Lapidary Gallery in the Chiaramonti Museum in the Vatican.
At first it consisted of some pieces already preserved in the Doge's Palace of Modena and finds from the Roman age but later it also welcomed memories and sepulchral arks which for centuries had been preserved in other sacred buildings in Modena and Reggio Emilia.

  • it is located in the historic center and can be reached in a few minutes on foot - Get directions
  • open every day from 8: 00 to 19: 30
  • full € 10,00 - children free

9 - Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy

The Museum of Zoology is an interesting natural-themed museum, very useful especially for children and teenagers. Its exposure includes over 3.300 vertebrates, and about 7000 invertebrates. For its considerable importance it has been declared a Historical Museum since 1996 by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Emilia-Romagna.

The museum offers workshops, activities and educational paths, dedicated "to animal life in gardens, meadows and vegetable gardens", or "to the inhabitants of the pond", "to the animals of the Savannah", to the "fantastic world of insects", etc. .

  • it is located in the historic center, very close to all the other attractions - Get directions
  • The museum opens by appointment on public holidays and some Sundays in conjunction with national and international events
  • free

10 - Museum of the Figurine

The Figurine Museum is certainly an alternative and particular museum compared to all the others in the city, which certainly is not found everywhere, especially in Italy. This bizarre museum was born in 2006 and is aimed above all at lovers and interested in everything that includes the world of figurines.
His collection is truly unique and very varied and includes small prints, calendars, postage stamps and even cigarette papers.

  • it is located not far from the historic center but reachable in just 5 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00
  • full € 6,00 - reduced € 4,00

What to see in Modena in one day: recommended itinerary

Given the myriad of attractions, especially museums that take time to visit, spending just one day in Modena would be a shame. However, if you really don't have any other time available, we have organized an itinerary for you that includes the main attractions not to be missed. Due to lack of time, due to some reduced hours and to make the itinerary as varied as possible, you will have to give up at least the Civic Museum of Art, the Estense Lapidary Museum and the Botanical Garden of the University of Modena.
Here is the path we want to offer you:

  • Morning: Start your tour from the Enzo Ferrari Museum as it is located far from all the other points of interest that are in the historic center. Here you can take advantage of the large parking lot and have breakfast in the nearby Caffetteria Giallo. Then move to the Figurine Museum located a few minutes by car from there and finally leave the car and enter the historic center on foot, stopping first to admire Piazza Grande and then to have lunch in the Caffè Concerto.
  • Afternoon: after lunch, do not waste any more time and visit the Municipal Acetaia which is only open for an hour, then continue with a visit to the Museum of Zoology and the Cathedral of Modena. Finally, move to the Palazzo dei Musei and enjoy the works of art exhibited in the Estense Gallery, then dine in the nearby Cucina del Museo restaurant.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Caffetteria Giallo, Via Paolo Ferrari, 85 - Get directions
  2. Enzo Ferrari Museum: every day from 9:30 to 18:00 - ticket cost: full € 16,00 reduced € 14,00
  3. Figurine Museum: from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: full € 6,00 reduced € 4,00
  4. Piazza Grande: always open - ticket price: free
  5. Lunch at Caffè Concerto, Piazza Grande, 26 - Get directions
  6. Municipal Acetaia: from Friday to Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 and from 15:30 to 16:30 - ticket price: full € 2,00
  7. Museum of Zoology: open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
  8. Modena Cathedral: from Tuesday to Sunday from 7:00 to 19:00 and Monday from 7:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
  9. Estense Gallery: closed on Mondays, open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 to 19:30 and Sunday from 14:00 to 19:30 - ticket price: € 10,00 - children free
  10. Price at Cucina del Museo, Via Sant'Agostino, 7 - Get directions

Where to eat in Modena: the best restaurants

  • Concerto coffee: traditional Emilian cuisine with local ingredients typical of the area and first courses made with fresh egg pasta
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza Grande, 26 - Get directions / tel: 059 830 0508
  • Museum kitchen: Emilian menu based on fresh pasta and meat main courses with 0 km ingredients
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: Via Sant'Agostino, 7 - Get directions / tel: 059 217429
  • Ancient Moka: creative dishes with a rich menu of various types of homemade tortellini accompanied by an extensive wine list
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: Via Emilia Est, 1496 - Get directions / tel: 059 284008

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Modena

In a city like Modena there is certainly no shortage of entertainment and entertainment in the evening and at night. Discos and clubs are located throughout the city, especially in the historic center, with a wide choice of elegant and well-kept environments, sometimes even refined, in which to spend pleasant quiet evenings in company or go wild like crazy.
There are also places with live bands of all kinds and bars that offer an excellent selection of drinks.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Gilda Bar: restaurant with pizzas and grilled meat that after dinner turns into a disco and offers live music or DJ sets of various genres, from Latin music to house music
    Address: Via Crispo Gaio Sallustio, 65 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Vibra Club: alternative nightclub to the classic disco, with rock and reggae music proposals
    Address: Via IV Novembre, 40 / a (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Cotton Club: music club with excellent cocktails and live performances by jazz and soul artists
    Address: Corso Canalgrande, 86 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Crystal Club: elegant night club with a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere to spend a different evening than usual
    Address: Via Bolzano, 41 (Get directions)
  • Kill Your Idols: alternative disco that offers evenings of various kinds with DJ sets or live groups
    Address: Via Jacopo da Porto Sud, 487 (Get directions) / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Modena: info and useful tips

  • the closest airport to Modena is that of Bologna located 40 minutes away and from which you can continue with a bus connection. Trains and buses that reach Modena are not lacking, thanks to its position along the Milan-Bologna railway line and to the Modenese public transport company, SETA, which connects Modena to nearby towns and cities. By car, Modena is easily reached from any direction as it is located at the end of the Brenner motorway and on the A1 motorway with the Modena Nord and Modena Sud exits.
    Flights to Bologna (37 km) from € 59,00
  • Getting around: the center of Modena can be easily crossed on foot but is also served by a Mini Bus service that runs through the central streets (ticket cost € 1,50, valid for 1 hour and 15 min), but alternatively you can opt for rental bikes (free bike sharing from 7:00 to 24:00 with a deposit of € 20,00) which are comfortable and fast thanks to the flat position of Modena
  • Where to park: Modena has many car parks, most of which are paid parking, located near the historic center and along the avenues, but also has some free parking areas such as Piazzale Tien An Men (Get directions) and other squares where you can leave your car to take the means that reach the historic center such as the Parco Ferrari car park (Get directions) and the car park in Via Manfredo Fanti (Get directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 48,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Modena is a 25-minute drive from Sassuolo and its splendid Palazzo Ducale (Get directions), 28 minutes from the world famous Maranello (Get directions), 45 minutes from the modest, welcoming and natural Reggio Emilia (Get directions), 50 minutes from elegant Parma (Get directions) and another 50 minutes from cultural Bologna (Get directions)
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