MODENA – Day Three

Dating back to the 1600’s, the Chiesa di San Vincenzo was built by the Theatines.  The Teatro Comunale di Modena is the city’s opera house and is now named after Pavorotti.     I made my way over to the garden area of Palazzo Ducale, which is now a public park.  The Palazzina Vigarani is the…

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MODENA – Day Two

My knowledge of the city of Modena, before visiting, was restricted to the fact that it was a center of balsamic vinegar production, and also the birthplace of the great Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti.  Aside from those two facts, I knew little about the place.  So, it was with great excitement that I set out…

MODENA – Day One

My next destination was the city of Modena.  Again, I would stay for three nights, which hopefully, would enable me to get a sense of what this city was like.  As soon as I was settled in my room, I ventured out to begin to explore this new place.Modena is an easily walkable, mostly flat,…

REGGIO EMILIA – Day Three

A piazza that during the week is filled with market stalls can be surprisingly empty on a Sunday morning.I began my day with a visit to the Duomo, or Reggio Emilia’s main church.  Under the arcade of Palazzo del Comune are various monuments.The Museum of the Tricolore is  housed in the rooms adjacent to the…

REGGIO EMILIA – Day Two

The Chiesa di San Francesco dates back to 1272.  While I didn’t get a chance to go inside of the church, I couldn’t help admiring the beautiful facade of the building.Housed in the old convent of the Church of San Francesco are the Musei Civici, or the Civic Museums.  These are important art collections, and…