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Having a drink in Modena in winter is a chance to discover this exquisite and prosperous city outside of the summer months. Often overlooked this underrated Italian gem is known for its allure of fast cars and world-famous vinegar, however, Modena offers so much more.

If you are planning to visit this historic city in winter, you are in for a treat! The city truly comes to life with its magnificent monuments, renowned museums showcasing captivating art, and a vibrant entertainment scene that will leave you awe-inspired. Immerse yourself in the rich culture and explore the hidden gems this city has to offer during the winter months.

Modena is a haven for Italian winter beverages, boasting an endless array of options. From aromatic coffee delights to a wide selection of wines, and from pre-dinner Aperitivo treats to late-night cocktails, the choices are boundless.

What to Drink in Modena in Winter

As well as Italian coffee and fine wines, Modena also offers some unique liqueurs and spirits such as - Vermouth, Campari and Aperol. We hope this list helps you in deciding what to drink in Modena this winter, or why not book a food and drink tour and explore the regional delights with an expert guide?


This is one of Italy's prestigious red wines. Made from the passito grape, this everyday drink is aged in oak barrels for at least two years, and up to ten years in special cases. It emits aromas of cinnamon, black fig, carob, cherry liqueur, and plum sauce.


A full-bodied wine, it pairs best with meaty Italian dishes featuring tomato sauce, such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, baked ziti, pizza, and bruschetta. 


A winter red wine from Piedmont, Italy. Made from Nebbiolo grapes. Aged for 38 months, with 18 months in wooden barrels. Barolo wine, with 13% alcohol, resembles Burgundy's Pinot noirs.


Prosecco, an affordable Italian white wine, is versatile and unique. Unlike champagne, Prosecco adds interest to dishes and meals. Enjoy it as an apéritif, for celebrations, or paired with winter meals.

Vin Brule

Vin brûlé is the Italian version of mulled wine that is enjoyed in the Piemonte region of northwestern Italy. It’s a wintertime favourite for entertaining during the holidays. 


Campari, Italy's national drink, is known for its dark red colour, bitter flavour, and distinctive infusion of herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. Though an acquired taste, it remains ever-present in Italy.


Aperol, a vibrant orange Italian apéritif, delights the palate with its bitter taste. Crafted from a blend of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona, it captures the essence of Italian craftsmanship and indulgence.


This refreshingly tangy, lemon-flavoured digestif is served ice-cold in small glasses, making it the ideal summer or wintertime liqueur. 

Italian Coffee Drinks 

Coffee drinks in Italy are a cultural experience. "Caffè" is an integral part of daily life. These beverages usually begin with an espresso shot, followed by the addition of milk and milk foam. Here's a guide and some recommended coffee drinks to try in Modena in winter.

Caffè doppio

A double shot of espresso.


Shot of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam in the ratio of 1:1:1.

Caffè Macchiato

Espresso with a splash of warm milk.

Latte Macchiato

Warm milk with a splash of espresso.

Caffè Lungo

A shot of espresso with some extra water.

Winter Food and Drink Experiences in Modena

If you're lucky enough to be visiting Modena in winter, we hope you enjoy our list of beverages. As for more info and ideas on what to eat and drink during your travels, click our live chat to speak to an advisor or email us on [email protected]. As well as staying hydrated and keeping warm, don't forget to visit the famous Mercato Albinelli food market. See here for more information.

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