How to Spend 1 Day in Modena
A city of superlatives, Modena is home to Italy’s most iconic sports cars and prestigious cuisine. There’s a little something for everyone here, from gearheads to gourmands. If you’re just passing through for the day, here’s what you need to know to experience the best of Modena.
Morning: Gourmet Beginnings
Modena and food are synonymous, as the city sits at the heart of food-centric Emilia-Romagna and has been famous for centuries for its aged balsamic vinegar. Jump right in this morning by opting for one of the many food experiences offered in the city. Try a market tour followed by a cooking class to learn how to prepare classics such as fresh pasta tossed with slow-cooked ragù; enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal while connecting with locals during a dining experience; take a balsamic vinegar tour in the city or at one of the artisan producers in the countryside; or simply enjoy a balsamic vinegar tasting at a local gourmet shop. Any of these options offer a delectable introduction to the city’s culinary culture.
Afternoon: Rev Your Engines
Fueled with good food, you can now turn to high-octane adventures. Modena has long been home to a number of Italy’s most famous sports-car producers, and this afternoon you can take a deep dive into the world of Ferrari with a tour of the Ferrari Museum and Casa Enzo Ferrari. Learn about the history of La Rossa and see a collection of vintage and notable models. True enthusiasts can even book an experience that includes a turn around the test track at the headquarters in nearby Maranello with a Ferrari F430.
Night: City Vibes
Home to a large university, Modena comes to life in the evening with packed restaurants, bars, and clubs. Join the local crowd with a stroll through the historic center to window-shop, a leisurely dinner of the city’s rich egg pasta paired with local wine, and a look at the magnificent Romanesque cathedral by night. Toast your time in Modena with a glass of regional Lambrusco at one of the many historic wine bars in the city’s old town.