Modena, A city with infinite discoveries

Modena is a human scale city where the charm of history joins modern creations. The old town center evokes the grandeur of the Este family, thanks to which Modena became the Capital of the State from the end of the sixteenth century until 1859. Emblem of this magnificence is the Ducal Palace. It’s also, and especially, famous in the world for its flavors and for the art of good food, offering ancient and timeless products with excellent varieties. Typical pubs, veracious taverns, but also lounge atmosphere and creative cuisine, from the city to the hills, from the mountains to the lowlands, every restaurant, inn, refreshment, offers to tourists, visitors, or who simply wants to take a break, traditional and innovative menus for the pleasure of any palate. The attention to quality is a priority that characterizes the appointment for lunch or dinner for anyone visiting this land.

Many traditional dishes arose from misery and the unwillingness of foodstuffs, produced in a closed agricultural economy and self-sufficient by necessity. These traditional recipes have been rediscovered and are offered in provincial and mountain locals. Very pleasing is the gnocco fritto (fried dumplings), but also the “crescentine”(other type of fried dumplings) cooked in the traditional “tigelle” shape. Spread throughout the mountains is also the cornmeal polenta and typical of the Panaro valley are the borlenghi . If you are this kind of food lovers, you can not make a stop at restaurant “Antica Moka, very distinctive local for its authentic Emilian verve. Excellent quality of food, well curated presentation of dishes and elegant atmosphere are also characteristics offered by “Osteria Francescana”.

For those whom wish to visit the places where the “fruits” of the Modena tradition are handcrafted produced, we point out the old delicatessen Ferrari Erio & C. specialized in creating kinds of ham, mortadella, greaves and salami and the San Martino farm, with its educational visits.

The balsamic vinegar of Modena is a product of high gastronomy, protected by the DOP mark, its production is an ancient secret which you can be able to discover stopping at Malpighi’s vinegar works, alive since 1850 or at Gran Deposito di aceto Balsamico Giusti, in which the instruments to achieve the vinegar are still the same that were used in the past.

Modena welcomes visitors, those traveling for business or pleasure, those who intend to spend several days or even just for one night, with simple and refined structures that meet all needs. Local hotels offer hospitality in ancient renovated buildings comfortable to all services and monuments of excellence.

For those who prefer a prestigious housing solution, residences are highlighted, some absorbed into the green, others housed in restored old villas, just outside the city or in the province, ideal places to forget everyday’s stress: amongst these, Hotel Residence Zodiaco and the Central Park Hotel; The first offers a luxury accommodation nearby the main streets of the city, while the second is a refined 4-star hotel boasting a central location.

Bed & breakfast is a solution which allows you to stay in the city or in the suburbs, but also in the lowland and in the mountains; with this kind of formula we point out La Casa del Viandante, or l’Antico Mulino Bramante. And numerous is the proposal of landlords and holiday apartments, for those whom prefer a casual and friendly atmosphere at cheap prices. Appreciated, especially for a young audience, is the proposal for hostels, very casual and affordable like Ostello San Filippo Neri, located in the historic city center. Now that you know many curiosities of this beautiful Emilian city, you’ll have to  choose it as your next tourist stop, don’t you think?

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