I recently had the pleasure and the luck to make a beautiful visit. A journey into the past in a place of which I had only ever heard.
In this article I bring you to the discovery of the ex Daytime Hotel in Modena.
The Daytime Hotel is located in Mazzini Square, in the heart of Modena. I don’t know how many people know about its existence because this space is closed to the public since over 30 years. However I’m sure that someone remember it because I have heard different stories about this place 🙂
Opened in 1933, after years of planning, the Daytime Hotel of Modena was designed as a place where citizens and travelers could satisfy their new needs related to the modern time of those years.
It was chosen Mazzini Square because of its centrality. The hotel was built entirely underground, occupying much of the surface of the square: there is a staircase, still visible from outside, to access in it. Inside of the hotel you could find: a luggage room, a laundry and ironing room, a cloakroom, public toilets and some halls dedicated to barbers, lady hairdressers and shoe shine boys.
The wall covering was in ceramic tiles coming from Sassuolo while the floors in cement. Today the many colors the beautiful tiles are still visible 🙂
My love for stories brings me every day looking for places full of memories: the Ex Daytime Hotel holds many of them.
Going down into its old halls and imaging them full of people catapulted me in a distant time. At the same way it is beautiful to think that this place could be revitalized. The City of Modena has, in fact, thought to retrain it and is asking all its citizens some ideas for how to do it.
Having the possibility to visit this place was a good opportunity. An opportunity that was born from people participation. This exclusive tour was organized by the Instagramers of Modena (@igersmodena) in collaboration with the City of Modena.
I hope to be able to tell you one day how this place will become. I can not wait 🙂
Meanwhile, I want to stop time here, with these words and images. We can start for a new beginning from this point.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past”.
From the past we can build the present and so this place will live again, transformed.
The story of my visit inside the Daytime Hotel is also on Steller:
The Daytime Hotel is under Mazzini square: