Modena is especially well-known around the world for its famous sons,
such as Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti, and also for its
delicious cuisine and gastronomy.
Modena - the provincial capital city of the region of Emilia-Romagna
- is a rich and highly industrialized city where economic development
has been matched stride for stride by social and cultural development.
This results in Modena being a particularly affluent and well to do city.
Modena's has a rich history and is famous as much for this as for its
imposing monuments and works of art. Its Duomo (Cathedral), is
a masterpiece of Romanesque art and has been declared a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO. Modena's pleasant manner, a city with arms outstretched
to welcome visitors, attracts in excess of a million tourists annually,
from virtually every country from around the world.
Cicero defined it "very flourishing"
and from the very times when it became a Roman colony in 183 B.C., Modena,
or better to say, Mutina, was at the core of important economic and cultural
events - as well as political and structural ones - that marked not only
a province of the Emilia region that - for those coming from Rome - lay
beyond the inaccesible Apennines, but also marked Italy as a whole.