Modena: The Perfect Day Trip
Updated: Oct 9
While spending a few days in Bologna, I insisted on dragging my best friend to the train station at the crack of dawn to spend a day exploring the lovely little town of Modena.
Above: On Corso Duomo, looking towards the Chiesa della Madonna del Voto
Bologna is quite the walkable town, so we hoofed it to the train station as dawn slowly began to filter into the sky. A regular ticket costs under 10 Euro (depending on the day and time) and takes as little as 30 minutes. Once your train arrives at the 1920's built yellow station, you're an easy 15 minute stroll to the center of Modena.
It's a sleepy and compact town, with a little something for anyone. Of course there are several churches to choose from, with the Duomo di Modena dominating the Piazza Grande. Built in the late 11th century in the Romanesque style, it's worth a visit. The interior has restrained work with lots of arches and relief work in brick and terra cotta. It's a beautiful interior, and thoroughly enjoyable without being overwhelming.
Take in the exterior while - and I can't believe I'm saying this - enjoying the incredible buffet at Caffe Concerto. I don't "Do" buffets for many reasons, all of them ending in mediocre food and poor value. This was the exception. The food was kept fresh, there was enough variety to enjoy but not so much as to be overwhelming. Lots of tasty cheese, grilled veggies, and of course pasta. Ravioli featured heavily, which does quite well in a chafing dish. They have a lovely lounge style patio where you can watch the world go by while enjoying as little or as much as you'd like. Plus the interior is gorgeous and has tons of character.
After that, we made our way to Mercato Albinelli as I am an absolute sucker for food markets. It's a delightful mid size indoor market, with vendors offering fresh produce, meat, cheese, bread, pasta, pastries, and more all in a delightful airy space. The market has been in operation since 1931, and is a quintessential Italian market.
The remainder of the day was spent wandering the town, with a stop at the Fondazione Fotografica to take in the photography exhibits. For car buffs, this is the home of Ferrari so head over to the Enzo Ferrari Museum. This is also the home of opera legend Luciano Paverotti, so if you're a fan hop on over to his home turned museum situated on the outskirts of town. Scroll down to see more photos from this delightful day trip to Modena.
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