Read our pocket guide to Modena
Modena: A pocket guide
Modena is a charming town, small and ancient, with narrow streets and colonnades (once crisscrossed by canals, now filled in) and a magnificent Duomo, considered a masterpiece of the Romanesque. It is known for balsamic vinegar; Lambrusco wine; and cars, being the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the site of his factory. Among its famous former inhabitants: the legendary Este family, who also ruled nearby Ferrara; one family member was the husband of Lucrezia Borgia and another is reputed to have had 800 mistresses! Their traces can be seen everywhere, particularly in the Palazzo Ducale and the Gallerie Estense. Modena is famous for its tigelle and crescentine, special breads eaten with salami or squacquerone (a soft cheese).