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Getting There -- There are good train connections to and from Bologna (one train every 30 min.); trip time is 20 minutes, and a one-way fare is 2.70€ ($3.90). Trains arrive from Parma once per hour (trip time: 40 min.); the one-way fare is 3.50€ ($5). For information and schedules, call tel. 892021.

If you have a car and are coming from Bologna, take A1 northeast until you see the turnoff for Modena.

Visitor Information -- The tourist office is on Piazza Grande 17 (tel. 059-2032660; http://turismo.comune.modena.it). It's open Monday 3 to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 1pm and 3 to 6pm, and Sunday 9:30am to 12:30pm.

All of Modena seems to be a stage during 1 week each year at the end of June or beginning of July, when vendors, artists, mimes, and other performers take to the streets for the Settimana Estense; festivities culminate in a parade in which the town turns out in Renaissance attire.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.