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Modena Travel Guide, Italy

Modena Travel Guide – Geography and Climate

When travelling in the north of Italy, this Modena travel guide will give you a quick insight on the small but lively and fascinating city. It is located in the province of Modena in the region Emilia-Romagna, in the south of the Po Valley and it lies on the Pianura Padana being sided by two affluents of the Po River. This is celebrated in the city by the placement of the Two Rivers Fountain in the centre of the city. There is a channel that connects the city to Panaro, which gives it better communication with other regions in Italy.

The landscape in Modena is quite spectacular, as the Apennine Mountains begin just 10 kilometers to the south of the city. The closest city found in Italy is Verona, 87 kilometers north and the capital Rome is found 332 kilometers to the south.

The climate in Modena is usually referred to as humid subtropical, with humid summers and chilly winters. The average temperature is around 29 degrees in July and 6 degrees in January.

Modena Travel Guide – The City of Engines

Modena has a population of 180.000 according to the 2007 census and an elevation of 34 meters above sea level. The city is best known for its car industry and it has come to be nicknamed “the city of engines”, as all famous Italian sports car makers have a factory in Modena: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani and Maserati. This comes to confirm the devotion to technology and speed, which has always fascinated the people in Modena, and there are plenty of showrooms, galleries and exhibitions where you can go for a test drive or just admire some gorgeous vintage cars. There are also many festivals throughout the year that celebrate the city’s main income source in a unique way.

Modena Travel Guide – Culture and Lifestyle

Culturally Modena has a wide pallet of interest and is famous in Italy and throughout the world for very different things. Its University is traditionally known to seriously train in Economy, Law and Medicine and it has the second oldest athenaeum in Italy, which is also the sixth oldest in the world.

The Italian Military Academy is located in Modena and it trains officers for the whole country, while its Biblioteca Estense houses over 3.000 historical manuscripts. Modena is known as the world’s supercar capital and it is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari who established the famous brand and racing team. Consequently, much of the sports activities in the city are closely linked to motor racing. There are also other famous people born in Modena, among which Luciano Pavarotti and the Italian rock star Vasco Rossi.

The city also takes pride in its culinary traditions, being famous worldwide for its recipe of balsamic vinegar. Therefore, after reading the Modena travel guide, all you have to do is go there and discover these and more sides of this enchanting little city.

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