The city of Modena has developed around its cathedral: the Duomo of Modena. Nearby the Duomo, stands the tower Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Since 1099 the amount of marble of the Cathedral,stands solemnly on the tomb of Bishop San Geminiano, patron of the city. The architecture of Lanfranco and the sculptures made by Wiligelmo create a perfect blend of ancient culture and Lombard art, that become a real example of european Romanesque civilization.MUSEUMS AND ART-GALLERIES
MModena hosts a large number of museums and art galleries such as the "Galleria Estense in Modena," one of the most important and oldest National Galleries of Italy.A LAND RICH OF HISTORY
The History of Modena includes a period of about three millennia, from the Paleolithic to the present days. The History of Modena spans a period of about three millennia, from the Paleolithic to the present day. You can visit Bronze Age settlements such as Terramare of Montale in addition to the numerous archaeological sites dating back to the Etruscan and Roman civilizations.
The architect Lanfranco and the sculptor Wiligelmo built the cathedral providing a perfect combination of the ancient culture and Lombard art.
The Palazzo Ducale was built in 1600 as a residence for the Este court. It is considered a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and it is currently the location of the Military Academy of Modena.
The Palazzo Ducale of Sassuolo was transformed from a magnificent castle in Delight, by the ducal architect Bartolomeo Avanzini, by the Duke Francesco I d'Este, the one who brought the family to its former glory.
In the Galleria Estense of Modena you will find a rich art gallery, an important graphic collection, a carefully chosen collection of sculptures (both ancient and modern), a significant selection of decorative arts and one of the most remarkable collections of coins of the world.
Obligatory stop to discover with amazement a unique heritage. The Benedictine museum houses works of art and faith of international importance along with other outstanding works surrounded by a charming display.
Among the six display cupboards and a section dedicated to the 80s and 90s the museum showcases nearly 3000 pieces: album, figurines and related materials such as calendars, stamps seals with cigarette card, planks album dedicated and more.
The current building dates back to the eleventh century. Profoundly altered with the construction of vaults and the burying of the crypt in the fifteenth century, and with even greater structural changes in the XVII and XVIII centuries.
This impressive manor has always been at the center of social and cultural life of the country. The first news about its foundation is given by Ludovico Antonio Muratori whom noticed that the Castle was built in 1201. The Castle was damaged by the bombings of the World War II but it has been completely restored and recovered.
The Castle of Levizzano is settled in one of the most beautiful landascape of northern Italy, among the hills covered by vineyards where Lambrusco Grasparossa is made from. In particular, the Tower Matilda (so called because the fortress was given a concession by the Bishop of Modena to the Marquis Boniface of Tuscany, father of Matilda of Canoss) is extremely valuable and impressive.
Emblem of the city, the Fortress of Vignola is one of the most interesting examples of fortified architecture in Emilia. The majestic quadrilateral turreted stands on a sandstone overlooking the valley of the Panaro, giving an enchanting landscape of the hills.
The mighty fortress overlooks the valleys of the Dolo and Dragone. The fortress was once a stationing for Ligurian and Roman and was probably built in 1170 by Bernardo Montecuccoli, feudal lord of the Abbot of Frassinoro, in defense of the lands of the nearby Abbey.
The Palace has a majestic Renaissance facade overlooking Martiri Square and it is one of the largest and most impressive in Italy. The windows alternate with the niches that were composed of polychrome frescoes of Roman emperors.
The structure of the castle has remained unchanged and it is especially due to this reason that the castle still holds an high historical value. Located in the middle of unspoiled nature, the Castle offers attractive also as for sports, food, leisure and artistic features.
Across Europe became known as a legendary and impregnable stronghold: the Castle of Mirandola is the fortified citadel from which for 400 years, the dynasty of the Pico ruled the surrounding territories. The Pico family were lords of Mirandola from 1311 to 1711.
In the open-air museum part of the village was rebuilt with moat embankment and two houses (palafites) decorated with pottery, tools, weapons and clothes that faithfully reproduce the original ones of 3500 years ago.