Discovering Quaint Modena Italy

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The best things to do in Modena Italy.

The first time I visited Italy was long before I had this site and I went for a few days alone just to eat.

I just walked around and ate and then walked some more and ate.

I didn’t go into any museums because what I wanted to see was in the streets and restaurants.

I also didn’t feel rushed to see anything because I knew I would return.

And I have.

This is my fourth time.

I’ve arrived in Modena to shoot some videos and discover the food of this little city.

While it’s famous for its balsamic vinegar and being the home to Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti, it really rests in the shadows of neighbouring Bologna and Parma.

In fact, in less than 24 hours people are offering up suggestions that I should spend a day in another city but that’s not how I roll.

I came to Modena to see what it’s all about and I’m not leaving – well at least not for a week.

Until then, I plan to spend the days eating and walking, eating and walking and then eating and walking some more.

 
modena
modena
modena

Immediately I noticed there weren’t many cars around, the historic district is a vehicle restricted area so only locals, tourists and some local operators can drive their car in – the remainder use bicycles to get around.

There doesn’t seem to be a tourist area or restaurants I need to avoid because they are solely for tourist.

The city isn’t large and so restaurants are for everyone. The market is for everyone. The bars are for everyone.

 
modena restaurant
danilo modena

This is my kind of city.

 
red onions
salame cinguiale

And what makes Italy so amazing is that from North to South, or even city to city, food can be completely different.

Each place has its own dish, its own pasta, its own bread. This is the home of parmigiano reggiano so I’m not going to find burrata here.

And I can’t wait to see what else I will find that belongs to Modena Italy- the food that represents this city and the people who make it.

If you want to know more about eating in Italy – the customs, traditions and food
check out my free culinary travel guide to Modena.

Join the Conversation

  1. Modena is definitely worth a stay, for exactly the reasons you’ve discovered. Enjoy!

  2. I cannot wait to spend time in Modena in October. I will be following hot on your heels, you know, walking ,eating, walking, eating, walking some more, and eating some more. I am so excited to see a less touristy side of Italy!

  3. Alexandra says:

    I could spend years wondering around Italy just eating! Can’t wait to see what you find in Modena.

  4. Kari Peters says:

    I can’t wait to spend some time eating my way through Italy! Loved all your pictures and I’m pinning this to my travel board – I need all the help I can get to plan a trip there (so much to do and eat)!

  5. Matthew Karsten says:

    I’ll be visiting Italy for the first time in September. Very excited to see what all the fuss is about, food wise.

  6. I’m hungry looking at your photos. I’ve never made it to Modena; so much to see and experience in Italy that I need 6 months I think.

  7. Janice MacLeod says:

    I could eat your photos. I can just imagine what the real thing tastes like.

  8. Sabina @GirlvsGlobe says:

    The food looks absolutely divine! You’re definitely making me wanna visit… as always. I think the Balsamic vinegar I use is from Modena, so I am at least going to take a little trip to my pantry… 😛

  9. Ryan O'Rourke says:

    Lovely photos, Ayngelina! I really like your travel philosophy of staying put and eating your way around Modena. Is there any better way to experience Italy than slowly and with your taste buds?

  10. Kristin Addis says:

    I just LOVE Modena, and this part of Italy in general. The food is to die for and the locals are so damn friendly. I’m not surprised it’s your fourth time. I could return again and again as well.

  11. The town is famous for its balsamic vinegar right? Most of the ones I buy are from there…

  12. Diana Edelman says:

    This town looks absolutely perfect. I love places that don’t have a huge tourist industry, so the place really is for everyone, versus the spots which are designed specifically to draw in the tourist dollars. Next time I am in Italy, will have to check this out!

  13. Angie Away says:

    Ohhhhh this brings back memories! My mouth is watering just reading your post. You’ve got the right idea, too, eating and walking and eating and walking. Envying you right now!

  14. I adore that photo of the onions! (I think they are onions…?) Cheers to taking it slow and soaking it all in!

  15. The regional food thing can be a blessing and a curse when you live there. Try finding decent foreign food in even a major city like Milan, when the locals think food from the other side of Lombardy is foreign enough and peanut butter is in the ‘cibo etnico’ section!

    Modena is really lovely though, I visited twice and loved it both times. I could definitely go for a plate of cinghiale salami right now!

  16. I’m crazy about Italy and have been since I first stepped foot there 24 years ago, but there are still so many places there for me to discover. Can’t wait.

  17. So quaint and beautiful! And still, without a doubt, your photos of food are incredible.

  18. Camels & Chocolate says:

    The best times we had on our recent three-week trip to Italy were discovering the tiny little towns off-the-tourist path that we found by complete chance. Sounds like we need to add Modena next time we’re back!

  19. Visiting Italy is in my bucket list. Modena is such a lovely place. I cannot wait to set foot in this quiet and beautiful heaven and taste the delectable cuisine.

  20. Martine @ Chompchomp says:

    I love hearing that there is no tourist area and that everyone eats at the same restaurants. That was my pet hate travelling through Italy….we had to get off the tourist track every time we wanted to eat to ensure we ate authentically (and cheaply!)

  21. ve may bay di uc says:

    Hotel le Ville in MODENA

    The pool was a nice extra given it was sweltering! The room was not well equipped and the bathroom was a bit smelly. The whole place was dated.

    I wouldn’t return, but then not much to see in Modena unless you like cars!

  22. Great post Ayngelina. I love Italian food actually. Now, I’m craving for pasta. Eating and walking is the best way to spend and experience the beautiful cities in Italy.

  23. What a quaint little town! I love such places which are not touristy and loud, ones that have that laidback sort of a feeling attached to it! Lovely captures Angelyina 🙂

  24. Modena is really beautiful town. Best experience for tourist and explorer of the love.

  25. Italy is one of the leading nations of food alongside France … can’t wait to taste it next summer!

  26. Antonio Cala says:

    I lived in Italy for a year and it’s still one of my favorite countries on the planet. It’s simply amazing 🙂

  27. Travel Agent in agra says:

    Italy is the best place for travel .I am very interested in visit most tourist places there. I want to visit in one time in my whole life.

  28. Italy never fails to charm me.

  29. Very nice photos. I’ve never been in Italy, but it is on my list 😉

  30. Rahul Patel says:

    i have friend living in Italy and they live nearby Modena and loved it.

  31. My husband and I were in Modena and our hotel suggested we eat at Trattoria l’Antica Grama. It was a nicely decorated restaurant in a strip center that the locals visit. While they could not speak English, they were very inviting and you can figure out the menu. Our main courses were great. We also ordered the parmesean risotto which was excellent. The wine was inexpensive. It was a great time!

  32. Christian from Squeeze Pod says:

    I haven’t seen Italy for a long time. All of my wonderful memories are coming back. (Feeling nostalgic..)

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful images Ayngelina!

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