Modena is a fantastic city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy which has a fascinating ancient history and yet manages to be a modern and beautiful city. It has the nickname ‘the capital of engines’, for being the center of a number of car manufacturers including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and others. Expats living in Modena can experience a number of great sights including the Duomo di Modena, one of the most important sights in Modena, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the Ducal Palace, which dates back to the 17th century. There also a number of other churches and monuments as well as museums which are popular with tourists as well as residents. Plus, there are other cultural pleasures for expats living in Modena to enjoy, including theatre and opera, and the city is also known for its diverse food offering. Modena is for example the city where tortellini originated from. Last but not least, expatriates in Modena who are fans of motor racing or soccer will be pleased to hear that both are very popular sports in the city.
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The cost of living in Modena is comparable to the rest of Italy, and lower than in a number of European cities. There are a wide range of housing options available for expats moving to Modena who are looking to buy or rent properties. The city can also offer a number of recommended schools for any expatriate moving to Modena with a family, including a highly regarded international school for ages three and above. The easiest way to travel to and from other parts of Italy from Modena is by train, whilst the main public transport system in the city itself is the TrolleyBus which operates extensively. Expatriates moving to Modena can benefit from joining InterNations, a fantastic website offering the chance for expats to communicate with others and share information about locations including Modena as well as seek advice about topics such as living abroad, education and travel.
Modena is very well known for its automobile manufacturing and design, with a number of high class car manufacturers having their headquarters in the city, which means that this industry is one of the main employers in the area. The city is also the main headquarters of Panini Group who produce comics and sticker collections amongst other products, and who is also a large employer in the area. Other areas in which expatriates might work in Modena are in finance and business as well as the tourism, leisure and retail sectors. For more information about life as an expat working in Modena, the InterNations website has millions of members from over 190 different nationalities who are eager to network and socialize as well as provide, where possible, information about the city as well as give tips on finding employment. Get your questions on life as an expat in Modena answered by those who will know best; expatriates who have been through the same before.