Guided tours to the Ducal Palace of Modena

Roman architect Bartolomeo Avanzini designed the Palazzo Ducale, whose construction began in 1634. The Palazzo housed the Este Court for more than two centuries and is today the headquarters of the Italian Military Academy.

Roman architect Bartolomeo Avanzini designed the Palazzo Ducale, whose construction began in 1634. The Palazzo housed the Este Court for more than two centuries and is today the headquarters of the Italian Military Academy. A majestic stairway climbs upward from the Honor Court to a loggia that leads to three “apartments”: the “Apartment of the Princes,” the “Private Apartment” (site of the Military Academy’s museum), and the “State Apartment,” which contains frescoes and portraits of the Este family.

The most spectacular rooms are the vast, elegant Hall of Honor, the “Sala dello Stringa” and the 18th-century Golden Salon, where it is believed Duke Francis IV signed the death sentence of Ciro Menotti, the leader of an unsuccessful 1831 rebellion against Austrian dominance.

Today the palace is the headquarters of the Military Academy. and can be visited only with a guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays upon reservation.

The guided tour also includes  the visit to the Military Academy History Museum where weapons and armatures, memorabilia, relics and military items (flags, uniforms, drums, etc.) are on display.

Every weekend several tours slot can be operated at 9.00 am, 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 3.00 pm and Sunday at 9.00 am, 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm.  

Booking is required in advance, latest on Wednesday.for the following weekend.

Most of the tours are in Italian but upon request, with a minimum number of participants, we can include additional English speaking tours. Feel free to contact the tourist office to check availabilities info@visitmodena.it 

Scheduled tour in May and June: 

  • May 5 th at 11.00 am
  • May 12th at 10.00 (in English) and 3.00 pm
  • May 13th at 10.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • May 19th at 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm - 9.00 pm - 10.00 pm
  • May 20th at 10:00 am IN ENGLISH and 3.00 pm
  • June 3rd at 11.00 am
  • June 9th at 3.00 pm
  • June 10th at 11.00 am
  • June 16th at 11.00 am
  • June 17th at 11.00 am

If these hours are not suitable with your needs, you can contact the Tourist office office ph. +39(0)592032660  info@visitmodena.it, to find out if there are other available tours on the day you are interested in

 

HOW TO BOOK:

you can book and pay online by credit card here: 

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or you can contact the Tourist office by phone or mail

ph +39 0592032660 info@visitmodena.it

 

Groups of min 10/15 participants can request a tour in English, French, Spanish, German. Please write to info@modenatur.it 

 


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Scheduled tour in May and June: 


  • May 5 th at 11.00 am
  • May 12th at 10.00 (in English) and 3.00 pm
  • May 13th at 10.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • May 19th at 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm - 9.00 pm - 10.00 pm
  • May 20th at 10:00 am IN ENGLISH and 3.00 pm
  • June 3rd at 11.00 am
  • June 9th at 3.00 pm
  • June 10th at 11.00 am
  • June 16th at 11.00 am
  • June 17th at 11.00 am


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