Things to do in Modena

Our most recommended things to do in Modena

Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Maranello: Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your trip to Maranello discover the museum that is home to one of the most prestigious brands in the world, Ferrari. If you are passionate about engines, or simply want to discover the gold-standard of Italian excellence, be sure to take this exciting opportunity in the 'land of reds'. The Ferrari Museum is an exciting exhibition of the past, present and future of the Prancing Horse. During your visit you can experience both the permanent and temporary exhibitions that take place. You can also experience the evocative Hall of Victories in which the Ferrari World Champions from 1999 to today are exhibited.

Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

2. Modena: Enzo Ferrari Museum Entrance Ticket

During your time in Modena, walk the grounds of one of the city's most impressive buildings with this entrance ticket to the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Immerse yourself in an experience dedicated to enhancing the motoring tradition in Modena and learn about Ferrari's fascinating origins as one of the greatest names in automobile history. Upon arrival at the museum you will immediately marvel at the futuristic facade of the building, shaped like a huge yellow hood. As you enter, immerse yourself in the enormous hall that houses various exhibitions that will allow you to learn the history of Ferrari and its founder, Enzo. Whilst inside, take a trip to both of the small cinemas where you can watch two rotating films about the life and history of Enzo Ferrari. These entertaining and educational films will give you insight into Enzo's life and the life of the brand to date. Pay a visit to Enzo's father's workshop, now perfectly restored by the Museum of Ferrari Motors. Visit any of the 5 sectors dedicated to low fractionation engines, 1-6 cylinders, 8 cylinders, classic 12 cylinders, turbos, and Formula 1. To finish off your Ferrari experience, stop by the museum store that offers a wide range of official products and a bookstore that sells the most important Ferrari publications.

Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

3. Modena: Balsamic Vinegar “Aceto” Tasting Experience

Enjoy 1-hour full-immersion experience discovering the history and the tradition of the famous “Black Gold” of Modena. Meet your expert guide who will welcome you and show you the techniques and secrets of a vital cooking ingredient used in kitchens across the world.  At the end of the tour, taste some authentic balsamic vinegar of Modena, accompanied by some local food products and local wine.

Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

4. Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

A private tour of two hours to discover Modena: a city famous for its historic center with Unesco's sites, for its gastronomy, for the engines, and for the friendliness of its inhabitants. Pleasant in every season, Modena offers visitors extraordinary beauties, all concentrated in its graceful historic center, which recount the splendor of a city for a long time the capital of a duchy, that of the Lords of Este, who resided here since 1598. Unesco has recognized the universal value of its treasures by declaring the Duomo, Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina Tower World Heritage Sites. Discover these great architectural beauties with our certified tour guide.

Ferrari Full-Day Tour

5. Ferrari Full-Day Tour

Spend a full day discovering the world of Ferrari. The tour includes visits to several museums and lunch at a farm. Begin the tour with a pickup at your hotel. Then, depart for Maranello, where you will go to visit the Ferrari Museum. Afterwards, have a guided tour by bus from the factory and the Fiorano track before enjoying lunch at a Farmhouse near Maranello. Visit the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena and then return back.

Modena: Bus Transfer to Ferrari Maranello and Enzo Ferrari

6. Modena: Bus Transfer to Ferrari Maranello and Enzo Ferrari

From today it is easier to reach the Ferrari Museums, even if you are traveling by train. There is a connection service between the two Ferrari Museums of Modena and Maranello, at fixed times, with a departure from: Modena Railway Station (Bus Station: "Pensilina" n°4) Ferrari Musem in Maranello (Via Alfredo Dino Ferrari, 43, Maranello) Departure Trip: From Modena Railway Station (Bus Stop n°4) to Ferrari Musem in Maranello (Via Alfredo Dino Ferrari, 43, Maranello) : at 10:45 and at 15:15 Return trip: from Ferrari Musem in Maranello (Via Alfredo Dino Ferrari, 43, Maranello) to Modena Railway Station (Bus Stop n°4) : at 14:45 and at 18:00 For both routes there is a pit-stop at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena (Via Paolo Ferrari, 85, 41121 Modena)

Modena: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

7. Modena: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

Join Italy's first and finest network of home cooks. Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Head back to your Cesarina’s home to attend a private cooking demo, as your Cesarina shares the secrets of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, dessert, and drinks. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

From Bologna or Modena: Parma Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

8. From Bologna or Modena: Parma Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Ham, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit a historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, discover more about the production of Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following your visit to the Parma Ham factory, enjoy a light lunch at a prosciuttificio with typical products and dishes. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

Modena: Private Walking Tour with A Guide

9. Modena: Private Walking Tour with A Guide

Discover the city of Modena and its highlights on this 2-hour walking tour and learn why its UNESCO World Heritage Sites are considered as unique representatives of a 12th-century Italian cultural-artistic tradition. Visit this lesser-known Italian city, made famous by the likes of Ferrari and Maserati, Pavarotti, balsamic vinegar, and tortellini. Despite its small size, whatever you're looking for, Modena has it—history, UNESCO sites, a Ducal Palace, and the second oldest university of Italy. Start in Piazza Grande where the city’s structures of civic and religious power have long held court. Admire the 3 UNESCO sites of the Cathedral, the Ghirlandina tower, and the square itself. It is possible to visit the interior of the Saint Geminiano Cathedral according to opening times and services. Piazza Grande is located near Piazza della Torre and Albinelli covered market. The Albinelli market is the oldest covered market of the town and among the most beautiful in Italy. You can see and buy typical produces of the province here (open from Monday to Friday morning and closed on Sundays). Leaving Piazza Grande and through Piazzetta delle Ova, reach the backbone of the Region Emilia Romagna, the Via Emilia, the main urban artery since the Roman age. On the other side of the Via Emilia is the old Jewish Ghetto. See the new Synagogue which overlooks Piazza Mazzini. Just a few steps from the old Jewish ghetto, find yourself at the majestic 17th-century Palazzo Ducale, the residence of the Court of the Estes until it became the seat of the prestigious Modena Military Academy. Learn how this part of the city became the symbol of power.

From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

10. From Florence: Parmesan, Balsamic Vinegar, & Prosciutto Tour

This tour from Florence shows you how Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar of Modena, and prosciutto ham are produced. Visit regional factories and estates and taste products unique to the region of Emilia-Romagna. Enjoy a typical traditional lunch entirely made with fresh, 0 km ingredients. Start your trip by stepping back in time and learn how Parmigiano Reggiano is produced at a biological caseificio (cheese factory). Find out why the provinces of Parma, Modena, and Reggio Emilia are the only ones that can produce authentic Parmigiano Reggiano. Watch cheesemakers at work as they cook the milk to separate the whey and lift the Parmigiano Reggiano, then head to the aging room. Admire the rows upon rows of cheese wheels and inhale their sweet scent. Taste various types of Parmesan cheese and ricotta paired with local products. Next, head towards an acetaia (balsamic vinegar factory), where you will serve a multi-course lunch typical of the Emilia-Romagna region. You will learn about balsamic vinegar-food pairing. Every served dish is carefully paired with several varieties of balsamic vinegar. After lunch, join a private tour of the estate and its cellars. Receive a full introduction into the balsamic vinegar making process, from the pressing of the grapes and cooking the wort in the boiler to the filtration and mixing process. Taste different types of balsamic vinegar, such as “Tradizionale” and “Extravecchio." Then, head to a prosciuttificio (prosciutto factory). You will tour the factory, visit the production rooms, and understand how ham processing works. Conclude your tour at a tasting of their products: hams both raw and cooked, such as culatta, lardo, salami, prosciutto cotto, prosciutto al tartufo. The cold-cuts will be accompanied by a typical bread from Emilia-Romagna called crescentine, or tigelle. Head back to Florence.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 316 reviews

Incredible tour of an authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and a wonderful tour of a family owned Parma Ham factory in the hills. Our driver Francesco was very friendly, professional, and polite offering dinner suggestions on the way home. Everyone from both factories were very friendly and welcoming as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours and loved the traditional Italian lunch that followed. Highly recommend

From the moment I booked the tickets we had excellent communication. They made everything effortless and had detailed information on where to meet. What to expect. Time line. Our guide Giancarlo, was amazing. Lunch surpassed our expectations. Ferrari has a rich history and it was well worth taking a day to experience it all. It was a great day and effortless on our part. I highly recommend.

Excellent tour. It was a private tour, and we could move along at our own pace. Bel was our driver and guide. Extremely helpful, very knowledgable. Take a private tour if you can. It is worth every cent we paid for. So much so that we cancelled one of those big group tours, and had Bel again to bring us to Cinque Terre. Once again, she did not fail us. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Everything in order an in time! Both drivers were like a swiss clock in time at Modena's train station and both stops.

Gracious hosts with lots of family history and heritage to share. The food was fantastic.