For other places with the same name, see Modena (disambiguation).

Modena is a town of the Emilia-Romagna Region, in the middle of northern Italy.


The town is well-known all over the world, especially for some famous people who were born and lived here such as Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti, and for some of its gastronomical products, such as tortellini, Lambrusco wine, balsamic vinegar, and Parmesan cheese. It is a town that, in 40 years, has become one of the richest and most socially advanced in Italy: 77km of cycling paths, 16 cinemas, 25 libraries, and one of the oldest universities in Europe. It sits at the crossroads between the Brenner motorway and the Autostrada del Sole, just 40km kilometres from the important railway and airport node of Bologna. Tourists from all over the world visit the art treasures in Modena: the 12th century cathedral and masterpieces of Italian Romanesque art, that together with the Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina tower, create a complex of unique beauty, included by UNESCO in the "wealth of mankind".

Get in

By plane

The airport can be reached:

By train

By car

The town can be reached by motorway A1 Milano-Napoli. Exit Modena Nord (5km from the town centre) or Modena Sud (10km from the town centre). The town is at the south end of motorway A22.

By bus

Get around

The town is easily walked, though it occupies more than 183,000 square metres. In the historic centre, inside where the city wall once stood, are found the most important buildings.

The town is crossed by a major street, the Via Emilia, a historic Roman road that connected Modena with other important towns and cities of the region, and that still represents one of the main traffic ways in Italy. The street runs through the middle of the town, in an east-west direction.

By public transit

Modena trolleybus

Modena is well served by a trolleybus service, one of the largest in Italy, composed of 3 lines, and a bus service. All public transport is provided by SETA. Tickets can be bought directly on the bus, thanks to an automatic ticket machine.

Urban buses run from 06:00-21:00. The night urban line 7N runs from 20:30-22:30. Extra-urban buses run through the surrounding province at many different times and on many different routes.

By car

The historic centre of Modena is a restricted area (ZTL), meaning only residents, commercial operators, or tourists staying at hotels in the centre and with a special permit can go there. Access is regulated by an automated system, named Modena City Pass, which allows local police to monitor cars and motorbikes through a network of webcams placed at access points. These webcams are always on and continuously register the number plates of passing cars, sending the information to a control and alerting system.

In other areas, parking is in part free (identified by a white line) and in part with fee (blue line); the amount of the fee depends on the city area. Payments can be made with coins by nearby park meters. On Sundays and public holidays parking is free. Alternatively, payments can be made with a prepaid card (€20), purchased at ACI (Automobil Club Italia) offices or at some tobacconists in the town centre. Parking is usually free at night (20:00-08:00).

By taxi

Two radio taxi services are available 24/7, also for trips in the province or even further. The services include booking by SMS and services for disabled people.

By bicycle

Bicycles can be rented at:


The Cathedral - Romanesque arches
Ducal Palace
Piazza Grande

Automotive museums








On Via Taglio, Via Gallucci, and Piazza della Pomposa there are many cafés and pubs, wine bars, and brunch-cafés.


Mid range




  • Antonio Delfini Municipal Library, Corso Canalgrande, 103,  +39 059 203 2940.
  • Information at Palazzo dei Musei (Museum Building), Viale Vittorio Veneto, 5,  +39 059 203 3125.
  • Public Relations Office, Piazza Grande, 17,  +39 059 20312.

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