Here it is, let me finally write something about Modena. Most of the people don't think about it as a touristic place to be visited but it is a big mistake. This tiny city can offer really a lot, specially when it comes to food it is absolutely unbeatable. Here are my top five things to do in Modena. You can't miss them out.
- The cathedral in the city center, located in the middle of the Piazza Grande. It is fascinating inside and wonderful outside. Remember that as usual in most of the cities in Italy, il it closed during the lunch time. The entrance to the church is free while you pay € 3.00 for the tower (ghirlandina). Even if you are not directly headed to Modena, a stopover while driving from Bologna to Milan is really worth.
- My second favorite goes for the Salse di Nirano. Such an unusual place! It is a real geological wonder made of cold mud volcanos. You can easily arrive at the bottom of the national park and walk up until you reach close to the volcanos. Believe me it is a must when you are around.
- Modena is known as a Modor Valley: You can visit so many museums here. What you can learn here about motors has nothing compared to the information you get out of the city. This year specially came to my attention the Panini private collection (HOMBRE). Mr. Umberto Panini, has bought the whole maserati collection during it's time of crisis in order to keep the collection inside the country. Remain to be seen also the abandoned Bugatti factory. Not only for the style within it has been builded but also for its history.
- How many of you know that Modena is a mother land for the world famous Parmisan cheese and Balsamic Vinegar? Those both things can be bought for a very cheap price here. Yep, while I was in Milan I saw some inaccessible prices. The 30 months old Parmisan costs not more than € 15.00. So you food lovers, how can you leave the country without tasting the original one? It's said that the best Parmisan comes from San Dalmazio.
- As I already told you first, when it comes to food they are unbeatable. My advice goes for Trattoria Ermes in Via Ganaceto. It is the oldest one in the city. He doesn't accept reservations so queuing is the only solution. Sometimes you have to wait two hours before getting a seat. Waiting is absolutely worth. What I have to underline is due to his health conditions he will be closed until September 2017. Meanwhile there are so many other options in the city, like Aldina, Taverna dei Servi and Il Fantino. In case you want to buy some food items visit the Albinelli Market which is open from Monday to Saturday in the morning only. It's a century old market selling local produces and products.