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Modena

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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A city of art and culture, Modena is also much revered for its enogastronomic specialities, which include balsamic vinegar and Lambrusco, and is known throughout the world for its Ferraris. The Piazza Grande, with its cathedral and the bell-tower as its peak, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral ('Duomo') itself is a wonderful example of Roman architecture in Italy and was designed by Lanfranco, whilst the decorative elements of the fašade, embellished with bas-reliefs and statues of prophets and mythical creatures, is the work of Wiligelmo, one of the best-loved sculptors of his day. The white marble of the church is reflected in the nearby campanile (the 'Ghirlandaia'), a tower dating back to the 14th Century, so-called because of the balconies covering the spires of the bell-tower and its rather garland-like in appearance.

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