Modena is a friendly city, with an interesting history and plenty of modern creations, where visitors can discover ancient flavours and music on the city theatres. The historical centre recalls the greatness of the House of Este, thanks to whom Modena became State Capital from the end of the sixteenth-century to 1859. The emblem of all this magnificence is Palazzo Ducale, designed by the architect Avanzini on which other architects also worked, including Vigarani and Soli. Since the Unification of Italy, this building has been home to the prestigious Military Academy. Nowadays, famous for its gastronomy, lifestyle quality and, internationally Ferrari cars factory and museums and Luciano Pavarotti city of birth.
Reggio Emilia, also known as the Tricolour town, because it was here that the future Italian flag was adopted for the first time in 1797, has an ancient history: in the 11th century, the town was the heart of Matilde's county in the neighbouring territory. Later, important figures marked its Renaissance, ranging from Boiardo to Ariosto, the great poet of The Orlando Furioso. Nowadays, famous for its gastronomy, lifestyle quality and, internationally, the "best kindergartens in the world", Reggio is also a city of art, whose symbols are the seventeenth-century Basilica della Ghiara and the famous Teatro Municipale. Contemporary signs are visible, for whose driving along the A1 motorway, in the bridges designed by architect Santiago Calatrava for the Alta Velocità (High Speed) station.