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Here you can get useful travel information for Northern Italy. This travel guide is built with Desenzano del Garda, Lake Garda Italy, as the base and it shows you daytrips you can take from there.

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Magnificent Modena

Modena Italy

Modena has many claims to fame. It is home to the factories of both Ferrari and Maserati motor cars, is the birthplace of Luciano Pavarotti and has a proud history going back beyond Roman times. These are just some of the reasons to travel the 130km (80 miles) from Lake Garda to this historic city.


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Although it is an industrial area, Modena is also one of Italy’s most enticing historic destinations. The magnificent Duomo was founded by Countess Matilda, ruler of Modena in the 11th century. It is one of the region’s greatest Romanesque buildings and stands on the old Roman route known as the Via Emilia. The cathedral is dedicated to San Geminiano, Modena’s patron saint. His coffin now lies beneath the choir. The Duomo’s west façade has some large reliefs which were the work of Wigelmus in the 12th century. Inside the cathedral is a carved rood screen decorated with 12th century scenes of the Passion of Christ. The Cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the most unique monuments of the city is the Torre Ghirlandina, a now perilously leaning tower which was begun at the same time as the Duomo but completed two centuries later. It once housed the ‘secchia’, a wooden bucket whose theft from Bologna in 1325 sparked a war between the two cities and is still a symbol of rivalry between the cities today. The tower is currently undergoing restoration and is hidden behind a huge screen painted by Italian sculptor Mimmo Paladino. The renovations should be completed by the end of 2010.

One of the most unique monuments of the city is the Torre Ghirlandina, a now perilously leaning tower which was begun at the same time as the Duomo but completed two centuries later. It once housed the ‘secchia’, a wooden bucket whose theft from Bologna in 1325 sparked a war between the two cities and is still a symbol of rivalry between the cities today. The tower is currently undergoing restoration and is hidden behind a huge screen painted by Italian sculptor Mimmo Paladino. The renovations should be completed by the end of 2010.

To the northwest of the Duomo, down an attractive warren of winding streets, is the Palazzo dei Musei. Once a workhouse, this is now the place to see some of the best museums and galleries in the city. The Galleria Estense is dedicated to the private collection of the noble d’Este family. As well as paintings by Tintoretto, Bernini and Veronese there is a fabulous library collection, the Biblioteca Estense, which includes a 1481 copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy. It also has a map showing Columbus’s 1492 voyage of the New World and a beautifully illuminated Borso d’Este bible containing 1200 miniatures by noted 15th century artists.

For those who appreciate fast cars, there is a small exhibition of memorabilia, car engines and vintage cars at the Galleria Ferrari, on Via Dino Ferrari near the Ferrari factory, approximately 17km (10 miles) south of the city. Ferrari even named one of its cars, the 360 Modena, after the city.

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