This ancient town in Italy’s Po Valley brims with age-old customs and exciting new ideas, KENDALL HILL discovers.
Modena brims with age-old customs and exciting new ideas.
Vittorio Veneto 25 This century-old three-storey villa bordering the old city has a classic Modenese façade – balcony, shuttered windows – and textured, modern interiors thanks to a 2015 renovation. Wi-fi and espresso machines are standard; the two suites offer more relaxation space. CIty sights are a stroll or short drive away, and parking is free. Viale Vittorio Veneto, 25, vittorioveneto25.it
La Vacchetta Grassa La Vacchetta Grassa (“the fat cowhide”) crafts supple leathergoods – a medieval Modena tradition – from belts and bags to tiny tortellini keyrings. Snakeskin, crocodile and stingray leathers are also available. Visit the atmospheric workshop upstairs and admire its 500-year-old painted ceiling. Corso Canalchiaro 42/44, lavacchettagrassamodena.it