My digital diary about Modena

by Stefania Fregni

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Tigella is a state of mind

Food & Drink, Francesca Gonzales - The Foodie - Francesca Gonzales - September 10, 2019

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Tigelle are a state of mind, a way of life, they are in the DNA of Emilian people but especially of Modenese ones.

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The Historical Shops of Modena: a lovely tour between culture, values ​​and traditions

Bar and restaurants, Not to be missed, Shopping, Suggested Tours - Stefania Fregni - September 2, 2019

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If it has happened or it will happen to you to go around Modena and you are a person that take care of details, you will not miss to see a sign located outside the windows of some shops, bars or restaurant, which over time has hit me. I’m talking about the signs where it was written: “Bottega Storica dell’Emilia Romagna” (The Historical Shop of Emilia Romagna), but what are they?

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What to see in Modena in a day: the centre, the museums, where to eat and other local tips

Suggested Tours - Stefania Fregni - August 31, 2019

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Every time I visit a new city I always start from its centre. If you have limits of time, you have to choose from where to begin and I think that starting from the “heart” of the urban realities is always a good idea. It’s the best way to keep in touch with their spirit.
People who don’t know my city probably will ask themselves: “what to see in Modena in a day?”
Therefore, if you decide to come to Modena for a day, I suggest you to focus on the historical centre: savoring its atmosphere and enjoying the authenticity of the everyday life.

This article collects some good ideas to organize your perfect tour around the centre of Modena. In this post, then, you will find links to deepen the different subjects. My goal is to update regularly this mini-guide with all the possible suggestions that come to my mind in order to make your visit become special.

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Modena attractions: Modena Cathedral a unique architecture

Tourist attractions and museums - Stefania Fregni - August 29, 2019

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Modena have many attractions: one of these is Modena Cathedral is one of those spectacular architectures that remains in your heart.
There is nothing to do: even if you’re a Modenese citizen passing in front of it a million of times in your life, every time is like the first and the “wow” effect is guaranteed.

Modena Cathedral is, in fact, not only an invaluable and unique example of Romanesque art in the world, but also a monument that still surprises for its beauty and its originality.

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Grandma’s Tortellini

Food & Drink, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - August 21, 2019

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When, in 2015, I wrote this article, I felt I was very fond of it right away. Reasons are many. First of all, because these few lines are dedicated to my lovely grandmother Anna, who passed away in May 2018, but at the time of the writing was 96 year old. She was a special woman who, despite the passing of time, has made everything to respect the good habits of the traditional “rezdora” (a Modenese word to indicate a sort of “queen of the house”). Then, because I will tell you about Tortellini (those of my grandmother) a food that Modenese people have written in their DNA and that represents the tradition especially in this festive period 🙂

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Foliage in Modena: 4 places to dive into incredible autumn colors

Modena with children, Nature & Leisure, Not to be missed - Stefania Fregni - October 16, 2018

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Autumn is the best time to enjoy warm colors, don’t you think so?
If I think about autumn, I immediately imagine the various shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Well, for me this is a season that kidnaps and gives you the opportunity to continue to go out, especially in sunny days, to admire the changing of nature… and the foliage is a wonderful sight!
Over time, I have identified my places to go in Modena and in its province, to dive myself into these wonderful visions and “fill up” with incredible autumn colors: here I tell you which are my 4 favorite places to admire this phenomenon!

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Pasta Experience & City Tour: live like a local in Modena with My Modena Diary’s Experiences

My Modena Diary's Experience - Stefania Fregni - March 15, 2018

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Many of you usually write me asking for some “local” suggestions and advice. Even if I’m always very happy to answer you every time it had happened I felt that I could do more in order to make you experience my city in the most authentic way.
For this reason that I decide to launch the project of My Modena Diary’s Experiences: 
selective and esclusive experiences to enjoy Modena in the most genuine way.
Do you want to live an authentic Pasta Experience in Modena? Do you want to discover my city accompanied by a local person and a professional guide? Well, I have the right experience for you!

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5 shades of Modena: a tour of Modena to discover 5 different experiences

Collaborations, My personal lists, Suggested Tours - Stefania Fregni - January 23, 2018

Have you ever wondered what character has your city? Do you think it is possible to identify its different distinctive features? I think it is.
I’ve always thought that cities, like humans, had a different character that could be captured in certain places and doing certain experiences.
So, in order to organize a tour of Modena made of 5 stops, I’ve tried to think about my city as a real person, whose character is composed of different personalities. Then, I tell you of 5 shades of Modena, 5 experiences that I had having a tour on my territory accompanied by the new T-Roc, in collaboration with Volkswagen MPS Car Modena. 

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Estense Gallery in Modena: visiting one of the most important Italian National Galleries

Not to be missed, Tourist attractions and museums - Stefania Fregni - April 14, 2017

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Estense Gallery in Modena is one of the oldest and most important National Galleries of Italy where the collection of arts of Este family, the dukes of the city, are exposed. A real gem, a place to get lost for few hours, admiring the magnificence of a past that has left its mark. This is a visit that I really loved and that gave me the opportunity to learn more about Este.
I’ll tell you then my experience between the rooms of one of the oldest and most important National Galleries of my country.

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Modena: 6 traditional restaurants where to eat at least once in your life

Bar and restaurants, Food & Drink, My personal lists, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - December 21, 2016

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There are special places where to go at least once in your life… they are places to see, to live, to taste.
Every city has ones. They are not simply traditional restaurants in Modena, but they are commercial activities and people that did the story of the city telling its identity through the foods that every day come out from their kitchens.
I’ve collected them in this post because I think they deserve a special mention and a particular place in my heart 😉
These are 6 traditional restaurants in Modena centre where to eat at least once in your life.

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