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Modena: Private Walking Tour with A Guide

1. 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.

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Bologna/Modena: Gastronomic Tour of the Parma Food Valley

2. Bologna/Modena: Gastronomic Tour of the Parma Food Valley

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Hak, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena, head to Italy's food capital declared as UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy since 2015. Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit the 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, get up close to the production of the famous Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following the Parma Ham factory, your driver will take you to a local restaurant famous for its regional dishes. Here you can enjoy a two-course lunch, including water and wine. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

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Modena: Private Food Tasting and Walking Tour

3. Modena: Private Food Tasting and Walking Tour

Experience the Emilian jewel of Modena and walk through the many beautiful attractions. Appreciate unique art at the UNESCO Heritage sites of the Modena Cathedral and Ghirlandina Tower. Partake in three different food tastings that make you beg for more and enjoy lunch at a typical Trattoria. Begin the guided walk through the city at Piazza Grande, known for its rich civic history, including the burial of the Patron Saint Geminiano in 397 AD. Stop and taste typical products of Modena and combine art with good food before reaching the Modena Cathedral. Admire the stunning frescoes and delicate marble. Appreciate the intricate art of the 15th and 16th century, and feel the presence of both the holy and the profane in the architecture of the structure. Discover the symbol of elegance in the city, the Ghirlandina tower. Learn the important civic purpose of this original bell tower, and hear the bells that marked the rhythm of city life in its foundation. Finish the tour with a traditional lunch at a typical Italian Trattoria. Take the chance to order more of the flavors tried during the walk and speak about the amazing history of Modena.

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What people are saying about Modena

Really a cool trip with great local guides from the various local producers.