Last month the NY Times came out with one of its 36 hour articles for Modena, Italy (Bologna’s balsamic-loving next-door-neighbor). I was impressed we hit a number of the places mentioned in the article during a day trip to Modena with friends last July. (Woo! We might be getting a hang of this trip planning thing after all.)
Here’s what we did:
With a car-loving visitor onboard, our first stop was just outside Modena at the Museo Ferrari (via Dino Ferrari, 43, Maranello; Adult admission: €13,00)
Obligatory photo outside the Museo Ferrari with Biomedical Engineering pals Nima, Luke, Matt, and Eleanor.
The Ferrari 250 GT
Luke and I had been hankering to visit the Dolomites since we first heard about them. The Dolomites are a section of the Alps in north-eastern Italy recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage sight for its beautiful mountain landscapes. So when we found ourselves with a free weekend in between our Summer and Fall visitors, we sped North in our Fiat Panda rental to take action on a hiking itinerary recommended to us by a friendly Dolomites mountain guide.
The hike brought us to the famous Tre Cime, one of the best-known mountain groups in the Alps. The recommended hike was a 3-day hike, but we skipped the last leg for a 2-day hike, sleeping overnight in the popular Rifugio Locatelli at the base of the Tre Cime.
Le Tre Cime at sunrise