Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Modena

Duomo

Modena's celebrated cathedral combines the austerity of the Dark Ages with throwback traditions from the Romans in a style known as Romanesque. The church stands out among Emilia-Romagna's many other ecclesial relic…
Museum in Modena

Museo Enzo Ferrari

While Maranello’s Ferrari museum focuses on the supersonic cars, this museum near Modena's train station, inaugurated in 2012, celebrates Signor Enzo Ferrari himself. The memorabilia is cleverly juxtaposed in two se…
Museum in Modena

Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti

Legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti's final home is prettily perched in the Modenese countryside 8.5km southeast of the city. The building was turned into a museum in 2015; 40-minute self-guided audio tours in nine la…
Museum in Modena

Museo del Duomo/Museo Lapidario

Tucked down an alley along the left side of the cathedral, these side-by-side museums operate like two exhibitions within the same space. Museo del Duomo focuses on religious artefacts belonging to San Geminianus, t…
Gallery in Modena

Galleria Estense

Reopened in 2015 after a three-year closure (due to earthquake damage), this delightful gallery features the Este family’s collection of northern Italian paintings from late medieval times to the 18th century. There…
Tower in Modena

Torre Ghirlandina

Rising behind the cathedral is this early-13th-century, 87m tower topped with a slender Gothic spire, named after Seville's famous 'Giralda' in the early 16th century by exiled Spanish Jews. You can't go all the way…
Palace in Modena

Palazzo Comunale

Behind its elegant facade, Modena's 17th-century town hall offers several historic rooms for visitors to explore; if possible, schedule your visit to coincide with tours of the palace's balsamic-vinegar-making facil…
Factory in Modena

Maserati

Though not technically a tourist site, aficionados of the four-wheeled arts might want to pop in Maserati's sleek showroom, which displays a few cars (a 2017 Nuovo Levante, MC12 Corsa and GranCabrio when we came thr…
Museum in Modena

Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico

Housed together with the jointly-administered Museo Civico d'Arte inside the Palazzo dei Musei, this small museum has well-displayed local finds from Palaeolithic to medieval eras, as well as exhibits from Africa, A…
Museum in Modena

Museo della Figurina

A nostalgic journey back in time for any kid that ever owned a Panini football sticker collection, this geeky museum is tucked away upstairs in the Palazzo Santa Margherita. It displays that precious Paolo Rossi sti…