Things to do in Modena
Inside, racing lanes map the floor, where a half-dozen Formula One car sit side by side - small, sleek automobiles that resemble spaceships out of Star Wars and are packed with enough advanced technology that they probably operate like them too.
Off the SP486 highway, a small sign for the museum points left, down a long driveway to what looks like a dairy farm. Owned by retired Italian business mogul, Umberto Panini, the Maserati museum showcases these genteel sports cars.
Here, Carla Galli produces some of Modena's best traditional balsamic, aged for a minimum of 12 years in wooden barrels in her attic (warning: a 3.3-ounce bottle costs $58).
An eighth-century monastery with an imposing vaulted interior.
Do as the Modenese do and visit this covered market (open mornings only). Pick up lunch to go at Panini Schiavoni, a stall with unusual sandwich fillings (smoked swordfish; toasted pine nuts).