Modena is Emila-Romagna’s answer to Detroit, the capital of cars, yet slightly more beautiful. The headquarters of famous motor vehicle makers like Ferrari, De Tomaso, Pagani, Maserati and Lamborghini are all here or nearby. The city was also home to famous Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti and offers sights like the University of Modena, founded in 1175, as well as the Ducal Palace and UNESCO-protected Town Hall.
Modena has an ease and quiet about it which can be felt immediately. There is no hustle and bustle here, instead, quiet corners with locals sipping coffee and reading the day’s newspaper. The city is stunningly beautiful, one which makes you believe in the ideal that there are still corners of Italy that are untouched.
Aside from its physical beauty, Modena boasts a long heritage of balsamic vinegar making – with many families producing their own varieties and infusions at home. For those looking for a quiet and traditional place to soak-in a slice of Italian culture – make Modena your pick.