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How to Spend 1 Day in Modena

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.

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Enjoy a Private, Owner-Led Balsamic Vinegar Tour and Tasting in Vignola, Modena

Enjoy a Private, Owner-Led Balsamic Vinegar Tour and Tasting in Vignola, Modena

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Explore the delicious and acidic world of balsamic vinegar with a local expert during this short, private tasting and food pairing experience in Vignola. In a loft, see how this vinegar, known the world over, is made and learn about the aging process and tasting notes. In the tasting room, sample balsamic vinegar and Saba made with grape juice paired with classic Italian cheeses, breads, ham, and fruit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.48
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Local Market Tour and Dining experience at a local's home in Modena

Local Market Tour and Dining experience at a local's home in Modena

Learn the secrets of Modena cooking in this half-day cooking class. Meet your host, a local “cesarina,” at a nearby market to shop for ingredients. Back in her home kitchen, enjoy a glass of regional wine as you help prepare four traditional Italian recipes: a starter, pasta, main course with side, and dessert. Top off the evening with an espresso and don’t forget your take-home gifts—a Cesarine apron and tote bag.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Name your recipe: food market tour and workshop with a Cesarina in Modena

Name your recipe: food market tour and workshop with a Cesarina in Modena

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Design your own recipe and try it out with this culinary experience. First, you'll pick out three to five local ingredients at an area market. Then you'll take them to the home of your host to learn how to cook the Cessarina way, developing your own recipe. Then comes time to eat and sample local wines before calling it a day.
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  • 4 hours
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Modena Private Walking Tour

Modena Private Walking Tour

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Get to know the city of Modena, and its major attractions, on this private walking tour. Meet your guide in the center of town, and set off: you’ll see landmarks ranging from Roman ruins and Renaissance–era palaces to the Modena Cathedral and its Ghirlandina Tower, a symbol of the city. As you go, you’ll also learn about Modena’s long history and famous residents, from Enzo Ferrari to Luciano Pavarotti.
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  • 2 hours
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$175.49
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$175.49
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures