Talking about one busy day...
We woke up in the morning a bit late because breakfast at the B&B Villino Porporano is served from 8:30 am. Breakfast was good, delicious eggs, cheese and prosciutto, the freshest yogurt with blueberries and homemade granola, yummy homemade cakes, good espresso for me and Americana for my husband.
The drive to Modena was uneventful and parking was easy too: two modern garages, Centro and Novi Park, are located right next to each other outside ZTL zones; they offer pretty spacious parking spots (good for our not so small Alfa Romeo Giulia). We walked for 10 minutes to the imposing Palazzo Ducale and Piazza Roma (beautiful!), and continued to the Duomo di Modena. The Duomo is absolutely stunning from the outside, but unfortunately is in scaffoldings inside. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it so much... it is one of those Cathedrals which impresses you with its solemn austerity and darkness. A bit of a shocking image... The entrance is free.
After going in circles around the Duomo admiring every detail of its exterior, we went to see the rooms of Palazzo Comunale di Modena - very nice rooms and free of charge. And our next stop was real fun: we went to the Mercato Albinelli to taste some wonderful local treats. The market is small, but very vibrant and colorful.... we enjoyed it so much.
After that, we proceeded to the Synagogue, which of course requires pre-arranged tour, so we only looked at it from the outside. My husband was arrogant enough to ring the bell, but, to his great disappointment, there was no reply. So we walked back to the beautiful Piazza Grande for a very quick lunch (I just had my hazelnut and crema gelato and my husband had a spinach panini). Unfortunately, fancier places to eat were closed from 2pm to 4pm.
And here is something we really enjoyed: we tried famous aceto di Modena and took a short tour in the small shop, Acetaia Malpighi, on the Piazza Roma. Fascinating! And heavenly delicious - we did the tasting and I bought two little bottles - one red and another one white.
Then we had to make some tough choices: either to go to the Galleria Estense and stay in Modena for a nice dinner or to drive to the Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti and to the Ferrari Museum. After long deliberation, Pavarotti and Ferrari won.😊
First we drove to Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti (opened till 6pm) and were the only visitors there. For me, visiting Pavarotti’s house was something I will never forget. There are not too many people who make your life better and Luciano Pavarotti certainly was one of those who made my life better. Being a huge opera fan, I do not think the world has ever known a tenor better than Pavarotti in the past and will never know one in the years to come. He is the one and the only...forever... at least, for me he is. It was so poignant to see his opera costumes, his paintings and photographs, listen to his divine voice and admire all the charitable work he had done.
After paying our tribute to Luciano, we drove to Museo Ferrari in Maranello. OMG, it was awe inspiring! The cars on display in the red room of F1 race winners look surreal... What a spectacular show of engineering perfection, perseverance, courage and glory! Enzo Ferrari is a true inspiration for the generations to come... he did lived up to his own words: “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Unforgettable visit which was a “grand finale” of our Modena adventure.
My next and last installment will be our Tuscany trip report.
Thank you so much for your interest!