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How to Spend 1 Day in Modena

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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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Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar TastingsWine Tastings

Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

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Take a food-centric 4-hour tour from Modena to learn how traditional Italian specialties Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar are made. Travel to a cheese producer to find out what it takes to make Parmigiano Reggiano, and sample some of the famous cheese. Visit an 'acetaia' (vinegar maker) back in Modena to learn just how long it takes to produce the best quality balsamic vinegar.
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Enjoy a Private, Owner-Led Balsamic Vinegar Tour and Tasting in Vignola, ModenaCulinary & Gourmet Tour

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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Ferrari Full-Day Experience with Test-DriveExtreme

Ferrari Full-Day Experience with Test-Drive

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Dedicate a day to Ferrari cars, with a visit to the Ferrari Museum of Maranello. The 7-hour experience kicks off with an hour-long test drive of an F430 Ferrari. Sit next to a co-pilot as you learn how to handle the car’s roaring engine. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant loved by the local Ferrari test-drivers, explore the museum, then head to a vinegar factory in Modena to sample its tangy red wine vinegar.
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Local Market Tour and Dining experience at a local's home in ModenaDining Experiences

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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Learn to Cook Authentic Pasta Bolognese in a Local's Home in the Heart of ModenaCooking Classes

Learn to Cook Authentic Pasta Bolognese in a Local's Home in the Heart of Modena

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Come be part of the family as you learn how to cook a homemade meal inside a local’s cozy home. In this hands-on class, learn how to prepare a typical Bolognese pasta, a side dish, and an Italian dessert from scratch. Your hosts—a mother and son culinary team—love to entertain and cook with regional foods that showcase the local terroir.
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Name your recipe: food market tour and workshop with a Cesarina in ModenaDining Experiences

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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Modena Private Walking TourCultural Tours

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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Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Experience in ModenaCulinary & Gourmet Tour

Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Experience in Modena

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Learn about the delicious world of balsamic vinegar in one of Italy’s most recognized food destinations during this short, guided tasting. Understand how traditional Balsamic Vinegars of Medona are made and learn how to pair them with different foods and dishes. See the balsamic vinegar production space in operation since 1850 and enjoy a tangy tasting.
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