The town is easily walkable, though it expands over more than 183,000 square meters. In the historic centre, closed by an imaginary line where the city wall once stood, we find the most important buildings. The town is crossed by a fundamental street, the Emilia way, the historic Roman way that once connected Modena with other important towns and cities of the Region, and that still represents one of the main traffic ways in Italy. The street runs right through the middle of the town, in an east-west direction.
By public transport
Modena is well served by a wide trolleybus service – one of the biggest in Italy – composed of 3 lines, and a bus service; all the means of transport are provided by SETA Società Emiliana Trasposrti Autofiloviari (http://www.setaweb.it/). Tickets can be bought directly on the bus, thanks to an automatic ticket machine the machine is not giving change so it's better to have the exact amount in coins. Urban buses run from 6AM-9PM; the night urban line 7N runs from 8:30PM-10:30PM. Extra-urban buses run through all the surrounding Province at many different times and on many different routes.
The Municipality of Modena offers everyone a free service of bicycle rental. Registration at the Municipality and a deposit of 20 € are required. Any bicycle available at one of several spots in the town can be used; at the end of the day the bike must be returned to the same place where it was taken. The service is open from 7AM-12AM.
Bicycles can also be rented at these points:
Novi Sad Park, Viale Monte Kosica on the side of the stage, behind the stands. M-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-12AM.
Policlinico general Hospital in Largo del Pozzo, before the entrance of the paid parking space. M-F 6:30AM-7:30PM, Sa 6:30AM-1PM.
The whole historic centre of Modena is a vehicle restricted area ZTL, meaning only residents, commercial operators or tourists staying at hotels in the centre and with a special permit can go there. The access is regulated by an automatic system, named Modena City Pass, which allows local police to monitor the access of cars and motorbikes through a network of webcams placed at the main access points; these webcams are always on and continuously register the number plate of passing cars, sending the information to an automatic control and alerting system.
In other areas, parking is in part free identified by a white line and in part with fee blue line; the amount of the fee depends on the city area. Payments can be made with coins by nearby park meters; on Sundays and public holidays parking is free. Alternatively, payments can be made with a prepaid card 20 €, to be purchased at ACI Automobil Club Italia offices or at some tobacconist's in the town centre. Parking is usually free at night generally 8PM-8AM.
Among free parking spaces around the centre there is Parking Novi Sad with about a hundred places and the parking space by Giovani di Tien An Men Place - Viale Monte Kosica with 462 places; another large parking space is in the front of the train station parking space Porta Nord, while parking space ex AMCM in viale Carlo Sigonio can still offer dozens of places despite the area being under repair. Among paid parking spaces: parking space in Viale Rimembranze / Viale Martiri della Libertà 334 places, parking space in Viale Vittorio Veneto 271 places, parking space in Roma Square 166 places, ahead of Ducal Palace, parking space Bluparking La Civetta (http://www.oltreilblu.org/) 140 places; former fruit and vegetable market with access from via Borelli.