P.zza Martiri, 68 - Carpi - MO - 41012
Phone: 059 649955
Timetable:friday,saturday, sunday 10-13/15-19 (it opens by reservation only, during the rest of the week, for groups)
euro 5,00 - reduced price euro 3,00
The City Museum at the upper level of the Palace is still closed for works after the earthquake of May 2012, the main part of the Palace is open to the public.
Palazzo dei Pio, commonly called the Castle, is a highly articulated, monumental complex made up of towers, turrets, courtyards and buildings constructed between the XIV and XVII centuries. It was the home of the local Pio lords. Today it is home of the following:
- City library
- City archives
- City museums: Museo di Palazzo (Museum of the Palace), Museo della Città (Municipal Museum), Museo Monumento al Deportato politico e razziale (Museum-monument to political, racial deportees).
The façade on the eastern side of the Piazza has some characteristic architectural features such as the low-set, round Torre dell'Uccelleria turret, the Spanish Tower, the Passerino Tower(the most ancient part of the building, dates back to about 1320) . The main entrance is on the main square, there are two other entrance on Piazzale Re Astolfo. The inside of the building is richly decorated with frescos. The halls of the City Museums present paintings, scagliola sculptures and other historic artefacts of the city.
How to get there
By car: from the Modena Nord exit off the highway take the Modena-Brenner connection and exit at Carpi;
Or, from the city of Modena, take the Modena beltway toward Carpi and then the State Road S.S. 413 Romana, called the National Road to Carpi.
From the Modena Railway station: Modena/Verona line, Carpi station; or busses to Carpi