Modena (pronounced: Mo-den-a) is an Italian town of 184,973 inhabitants and in the province of Emilia-Romagna. It is south of Parma and north of Bologna on the same train line.
We had a great day walking around this town. Each town we visit, the first thing we do is go to the Tourist Information or “TI” spot where we can pick up a local map. We have a ritual of getting the town’s map and then sitting with a cappuccino (as it’s always in the morning) and pondering the day’s events. We also look up a few days in advance, the main attractions we want to see of each town we are visiting.
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Factories famous in Modena are the famous Italian sports car makers Ferrari, DeTomaso, Lamborghini, Pagani, and Maserati are, or was, located here and all, except Lamborghini, have headquarters in the city or nearby.
Modena is also known in culinary circles for its production of balsamic vinegar.
We were very surprised that the inside of the church is all brick. Unusual for a church that usually has frescoes. It was disappointing yet, because of the size of it; it was pretty grand – for just being brick.
The Ghirlandia Tower has 201 steps and is adjacent to the Cathedral and offers beautiful views of the city below:
Some street pictures: