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An elegant and affluent city in Emilia-Romagna, Modena has been a cultured place since the Renaissance. The Este dynasty established a collection of fine art which they stored in even finer palaces. In the modern era, Modena gave the world both Ferrari and Pavarotti. The city attracts a diverse range of visitors. Art lovers appraising the treasures mix with motoring enthusiasts heading for the Ferrari museum and gourmet lovers sampling the city's famous balsamic vinegars. The old center is an atmospheric place to wander and take a break from admiring the masterpieces. Venere.com has teamed up with great Modena hotels to offer the best value rooms across the city whatever your preferences or budget considerations. Book your Modena accommodation with Venere in advance to enjoy a relaxed stay in this stylish Italian city.
What's Modena Like?
Modena's main attractions are to be found in a beautiful historic center, with the Piazza Grande at the heart. The 12th-century Romanesque cathedral is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and contains striking friezes depicting New Testament stories. The ornate arcades of the Via Emilia lead off the main square towards the Palazzo del Musei, an elegant palace housing the city museums and art gallery. The Este family collection features notable pieces from the Renaissance onwards, including works by Velazquez, Bernini, and Tintoretto. The Ferrari museum is located nearby in Maranello, showcasing vintage cars, trophies and exhibits devoted to the Italian motor racing industry. Modena hotels offer a convenient base for exploring this welcoming city.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Modena
Modena is not on the obvious tourist trails so English is not necessarily understood in its restaurants and bars. A smattering of Italian will be required to smooth your way. Despite their affection for fast cars, most locals get around the historic center of Modena on bikes and visitors can find inexpensive rental vehicles to enjoy the tranquil streets of the center. Modena offers prestigious restaurants serving the rich cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, but locals are as likely to opt for a beer and the distinctive bar snacks at small osterie cafe-bars. Ciccioli are pork scratchings, while zampone are stuffed pig's trotters. Modena is famous around the world for its balsamic vinegars and a decorative bottle makes the obvious souvenir. The Venere site provides detailed information to help you narrow down our choice of Modena hotels to the one that best suits your requirements. Certified guest reviews are highlighted alongside photo galleries, sample room layouts, and maps indicating the main attractions to give you a clear idea of what to expect.