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Colors of Modena - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Modena Modena attracts travelers not only with interesting historical attractions, but also with beautiful holidays celebrated during the year. The most colorful and most beautiful holiday is a traditional carnival held before the Lent. The noisy carnival has an interesting symbol - the traditional mask, Sandrone, that is the main part of local people’s carnival costumes. During the carnival, colorful parades take place. Local folk bands participate in them.
The best destination to start the exploration of the landmarks of Modena is the Palazzo dei Musei. The museum tells it visitors about the most significant events of the city history. The … Open
In city streets and squares, music concerts and theatrical performances dedicated to important historical events are held. The most interesting activities take place in the main city square, Piazza Grande. Unusual satiric plays are staged here. You can also visit a traditional fair. Food is an integral part of the carnival too. These days, you can drop in outdoor cafes and market stalls and taste the most popular regional dishes.
Another interesting holiday that started to be celebrated almost a hundred years ago is the annual festival Terra di Motori. In 1927, the first meeting of owners of elite cars was organized in Modena. It includes races and interesting contests. Since that time, Modena has attracted owners of elite and rare sports cars. In recent years, the program of this festival has been extended significantly. The fest is usually held in April. Right in the streets and squares, the guests of the city and local people can visit car shows absolutely for free. Everyone can be at the wheel of a rare car and take commemorative pictures on the background of the most expensive sports cars in the world. During the festivals, interesting shows and traditional car races are held. Copyright
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Fans of unusual historical holidays should visit Modena in June. In the first summer month, a beautiful historical festival takes place. It will let you back to the unrivaled atmosphere of the past. Every year, festive parades in which everyone can participate are held in city streets.
The main condition for participating in such processions is a beautiful costume in the historic style so many locals sew outfits themselves. The guests of the festival can visit interesting historical tournaments, festive balls, and theatrical performances staged in city squares. During the fest, an amazing fair is opened in the historic center of Modena. Here, you can buy the best regional products, local masters’ handicrafts, and pieces of art.
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For centuries, Modena has been the center of winemaking. In August, a themed wine festival named “Star Glasses” is annually held. This tradition was founded hundreds of years ago when the locals celebrated the grape harvest and enjoyed young wine. Now, the traditional festival is a great food feast. Here, visitors can taste not only the best local wines, but also popular dishes of regional cuisine.
During the festival, special outdoor restaurants are open in the city. In the evenings, visitors can have romantic candlelight dinner. During daytime, you can visit fairs and market stalls where local wineries and farms offer their best products. Also, the guests of the festival have an opportunity to take exciting tours. They can visit famous wineries, walk along beautiful vineyards, and get acquainted with all the charms of farm life.
In December, Modena prepares for celebrating Christmas and New Year. In the last month of the year, the traditional Superzampone Festival is held. It always takes place in the old Rangone Castle that turns into a big culture center at this time. In the castle, music and theatrical performances are held. You can also visit fairs and a traditional antiques market. The most unusual event of the Christmas festival is the cooking of traditional sausage that weighs over 7 tons. On one of the festive days, the sausage is taken to the square in front of the castle and carved. The guests of the fest can taste the main festive dish absolutely for free.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Modena
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta e S. Geminiano, Modena, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Pietro, Modena, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Abbaziale di San Silvestro I Papa, Nonantola, 10.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di Beata Vergine del Castello, Fiorano Modenese, 14.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Carpi, 15.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di Beata Vergine Assunta, Reggio Emilia, 24.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Biagio, Cento, 30.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Modena
♥   Castle 'Vignola Castle' Vignola, 20.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rocca Estense' San Felice sul Panaro, 27.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rocca' Cento, 30.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Galeazza' Crevalcore, 32.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bianello Castle' Quattro Castella, 36 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello delle Rocche – Finale Emilia' , 36.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Canossa Castle' Canossa, 37.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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