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Modena started with the Etruscans, became a Roman colony in 183 BC, was semi-destroyed and then abandoned in the 4th century. However, Modena picks up its fortune again towards the end of the first millennium thanks to the influence of the Canossa lords, though the period of the Este family domination was that of maximum splendour.

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Via Emilia takes you from one side to the other of Modena, through its historical centre where you can see one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, with the Romanic Duomo and the adjacent bell tower, called Ghirlandina. Construction started on the Duomo in 1099 and is perfectly kept, as well as being decorated by the sculptures of Wiligelmo, among which the precious relief depicting the story of the Genesis. The large rose window facing Piazza Grande and the octagonal spire of the Ghirlandaia, its name inspired by the airiness of the marble balustrade on its summit, are gothic.

The centre's most impressive building is tied into the Modena that was the capital of the Este dukedom. The Palazzo Ducale was built beginning in 1634 by Francesco I. The honour courtyard with a double set of arcades and the halls of the duke's residence are really worth seeing. The Palazzo is now the seat for the military academy, but it can still be visited.

The feather in the museum network's cap: the Galleria Estense. Currently located in the Palazzo dei Musei, it contains works by Cosmè Tura, Correggio, Dosso and Battista Dossi, Guercino and others.

Are you a car lover? Modena will be your favorite Italian city. Discover Ferrari story from past to present at the Museo Ferrari Maranello and the Museo Enzo Ferrari.

Also food culture is very important in Modena: every year the town holds an event dedicated to the most famous gastronomic products of this area, Modena's traditional balsamic vinegar. The fair is aptly called Balsamica.

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