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Trip Notes: Modena, Italy

Modena, the cradle of Italian sports cars, is located in north central Italy between Parma and Bologna. Ferrari's Maranello HQ is located eight miles south, and Lamborghini's Sant'Agata Bolognese factory is ten miles east.

  • Duomo di Modena. Construction of this cathedral began in the eleventh century. One € ticket now covers admission to the cathedral's gallery as well as Modena's civic museum.
  • Stanguellini Museum, Umberto Panini collection, Righini castle collection. These three vintage-car displays are all must-sees. As a bonus, the Panini exhibit is located at the Hombre farm, where parmigiano-reggiano cheese is made and sold. Also, Righini, southeast of Modena in Panzano, contains the Type 815 sports car that Enzo Ferrari built for the 1940 Mille Miglia.
  • Ristorante Europa 92. Sample the local cuisine here. Modenese gastronomic specialties include ham- and pork-filled tortellini, zampone spiced pork sausage stuffed inside the skin of a pig's front leg, balsamic vinegar, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, sparkling Lambrusco, Vignola cherries, and nocino liqueur distilled from green walnuts. 011-39-059-460067;
  • Hotel Real Fini. This local chain includes one five-star and two four-star hotels, two gourmet restaurants, a food emporium, and a delicatessen. 011-39-059-2051530;
  • Arnaldo Clinica Gastronomica. Legend has it that this eatery, which is located seven miles west of Modena in Rubiera, was Enzo's favorite dining destination. 011-39-0522-626124;

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