Piazza Roma - Modena - MO - 41121
Phone: Touristic Information Office: ph. 0039-59/2032660
Timetable:The Ducal Palace can be visited (guided tours only) on Saturday and on Sunday throughout the year, or by reservation for groups. Visits must be previously booked by calling Modenatur 0039-59/2032660 or the Touristic Information Office ph. 0039-592032260. The cost of the guided tour is Euro 8.00 per person.
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.
The elegant façade has three windows placed side-by-side and crowned by balustrades with statues. The central and lateral parts are raised.
The courtyard of honour with an elegant two-storey arcade is considered a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. From here you access the monumental staircase of honour adorned with Roman statues, which leads to the numerous rooms of the Estense Residence. Special mention should be made of the Sala del Trono, Salottino d'Oro, Salone d'Onore and the Sala dello Stringa.
Today the palace is the headquarters of the Military Academy.
The History Museum of the Military Academy holds weapons and armatures, memorabilia, relics and military items (flags, uniforms, drums, etc.)