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In the heart of Modena

About Us

Stella 21 is a large and spacious open plan apartment providing Bed and Breakfast in the historic centre of Modena.

Located in an historic and elegant building, Stella21 offers a refined, modern environment in which to stay.

It’s the result of a collaborative restoration project between Catia Baccolini (interior designer) and the owner, Francesca Orlandi (interior restorer and decorator). Characterized by an essential and comfortable style, which combines vintage and modern furnishings, the Bed and Breakfast incorporates all the features of a ‘maison de charme’. The entire apartment is welcoming and cared for down to the smallest detail, offering an intimate and refined environment. The light wood parquet flooring can be the ideal space for those who practice yoga or meditation. The well-stocked library is available to guests, together with an up to date program of the most interesting city events to attend and participate in.

The central location of the Bed & Breakfast (located in front of Osteria Francescana), is ideal for easily reaching many of the most interesting cultural attractions in Modena: the Palazzo Ducale (seat of the Military Academy), the Duomo and Piazza Grande (Unesco site), the Estense Gallery and the Enzo Ferrari Museum.

Stella21 is an elegant apartment that allows you to make the most of your stay, whether it be for business or pleasure. It is cleaned daily and breakfast is of course included. The apartment of about 100 square meters is equipped with air conditioning and is located on the third floor with a lift.

The B&B consists of a large living room, an elegant double bedroom, a bathroom with shower and a splendid roof terrace overlooking the rooftops of Modena.

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A fantastic apartment in the heart of Modena. We stayed here as we were dining at Osteria Francescana which is almost opposite and as such was very convenient. The apartment is very stylish, well equipped, and very comfortable. Compared to the hotels in the city, the price is a real bargain, and it even comes with breakfast as well. I would highly recommend staying here. Our host was wonderful, very helpful, and made some good other restaurant recommendations as well. Much of what there is to see in Modena is within walking distance as well.”

Robert Floyd

“Francesca’s home is the best experience we have had on Air BnB so far. Her house is elegant, creative, spotlessly clean and her attention to detail is extraordinary. We wished we could have stayed for a week. Francesca is charming and so easy to deal with. We felt completely at home. She organised so many surprises that we discovered and her suggestions as to what to do we’re perfect. Fresh flowers, perfectly ironed linen sheets, slippers and delightful tea, coffee and breakfast. She even organised his and her bicycles to ride around Modena. We would recommend her home to anyone who appreciates good art, interesting books and many visual treasures. It’s perfect”

Monica Trapaga

“Francesca’s apartment was a beautiful, peaceful home base for a two-night stay in Modena. If you are in town to eat at Osteria Francescana, as we were, the apartment is literally across the street from the restaurant, making it easy to stumble home. The apartment itself is clean and well-appointed, with several reading nooks and plenty of light that give a sense of relaxation and space. Francesca was prompt and communicative, and a kind and gracious host who provided delicious breakfast each day. This was one of my most memorable AirBnB experiences, and I would definitely stay here again.”

Kelli Howard

 “Francesca’s apartment is one of the most stylish apartments that we have stayed in. It is exquisitely decorated and the attention to detail is incredible. The kitchen is fully equipped and Francesca provided everything we needed for a delicious breakfast. It was very quiet apartment and it is a wonderful sanctuary for a relaxing weekend. It is also perfectly located, close to the best restaurants and cafes in Modena. The apartment also has 2 bicycles for exploring the city. Francesca was a wonderful host. She was very responsive and gave us lots of tips for places to eat. It was an absolute pleasure staying in her apartment and we hope to return very soon!”

Chrysothemis & Luke Brown


Services and Suggestions

Free WiFi
Air conditioning
Courtesy Service
Coffee and Tea Maker
Local cuisine of excellence

In the historic centre of Modena, right in front of the Stella21 B&B, there is the famous Osteria Francescana, owned by the well-known chef Massimo Bottura. Within the historic centre there is also the restaurant l’Erba del Re, of the Le Soste collective, as well as some historic trattorias such as Ermes and l’Aldina.

For the purchase of typical local products we recommend the Mercato Albinelli, housed in the original wrought iron structure, dating back to the early twentieth century.

Not to be missed for lovers of gastronomy is a trip to the vinegar producers around Modena: here you can discover all the secrets of black gold, the traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena.

Attractions in the surrounding area

Thanks to its particular position, Modena is the ideal starting point for visiting other cities such as Bologna, Verona, Mantua and Ferrara, as well as offering the possibility of attending large local events with ease.

It will be possible to visit Verona to enjoy one of the many opera events in its beautiful Arena. Choose to visit Ferrara with its Estense Castle or Mantua home of the Literature Festival and overflowing with Renaissance artistic beauties. A short distance away, there are also Reggio Emilia, home of Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma (known as the green city (?)) and Ravenna, candidate for European Capital of Culture in 2019. The many other splendid destinations in the area that can be easily reached from our B&B in the centre in Modena, will make every stay truly unforgettable.

International Fairs

Also thanks to its strategic position, Modena is chosen as the starting point for participation or visits to the main international fairs that are held in the surrounding area.

Il Cersaie (Bologna): International exhibition of ceramics for architecture and bathroom furnishings

Cosmoprof (Bologna): the world’s leading trade fair for the beauty industry

Arte Fiera (Bologna): International fair of Modern and Contemporary Art

Il Sana (Bologna): International Exhibition of Organic and Natural

Vinitaly (Verona): international wine and spirits exhibition

ArtVerona (Verona): modern and contemporary art fair

The Modena area and its attractions

Modena hosts numerous historical attractions of great importance, as well as many attractions linked to its long tradition in the world of car manufacture and Formula 1.

The historic centre is home to three UNESCO heritage sites: the Cathedral, the Ghirlandina Tower and Piazza Grande.

The Palazzo Ducale (seat of the Military Academy) and the Palazzo dei Musei are also of considerable artistic and cultural interest, both of which can be easily reached starting from the B&B.

Motor Valley

For lovers of the car and motorcycle world, there are many attractions.

Car production companies such as Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari and Pagani, all within the local area, often have associated museums.

The MEF (Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari) was recently built in the centre of Modena, dedicated to the life and works of Enzo Ferrari.

Theaters, exhibitions and events

Modenese cultural activity is really lively and meets the most disparate tastes.

The city theatres (Teatro Comunale L. Pavarotti and Teatro Storchi) offer interesting productions and are located a short distance from the bed and breakfast.

For lovers of the visual arts, we recommend a visit to the Estense Gallery, the Photography Foundation, and the Civic Gallery. Those who love contemporary art or the world of pop culture can visit the Emilio Mazzoli Historical Gallery of Contemporary Art, the very recently opened San Paolo complex (formerly the church of San Paolo and the Sala delle Monache) or visit the Museum of the Figurine.

Every year, in September, the Philosophy Festival is organized, which attracts exceptional personalities from all parts of Italy and the world. In addition to philosophical events, numerous collateral events are organized in the city, such as art exhibitions, concerts and public installations

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