Modena Unesco site
A World Heritage site
Modena’s World Heritage Site includes the Ghirlandina Tower, Piazza Grande, and Modena’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of human creative genius and one of the best examples of Romanesque style in the world.
The joint creation of Lanfranco and Wiligelmo is a masterpiece of human creative genius in which a new dialectical relation between architecture and sculpture was created in Romanesque art. The Modena complex bears exceptional witness to the cultural traditions of the 12th century in northern Italy’s urban society and it's is one of the best examples of an architectural complex where religious and civic values are combined in a medieval Christian town
To contemplate these splendid buildings is a jaw-dropping experience, and understanding the story and the particulars of their design will help make clear why this site is so precious—not only for the city of Modena but for all of Europe.
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To know before your trip
Due to Covid safety rules some monuments or activity may not be available. Contact us before coming to check opening hours.
All-inclusive Ticket to the Unesco site
On www.unesco.modena.it you can take a virtual visit around the Modena UNESCO Site, freely moving from the outside to the inside of the World Heritage monuments, taking a close-up look at the sculptures and works, all with dedicated information sheets provided. Thanks to this tool, parts of the buildings not normally open for visits can be seen, such as the bell chamber and the steeple on the Ghirlandina.
The Unesco site "A portata di mano"
The Unesco site "a portata di mano" (At your hand) is a tactile experience located near the tourist office (Piazza Grande 14). It was designed for the visually impaired, but not only, and it consists of a model of the Unesco Site of Modena - Duomo, Torre Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande - enriched by the profiles of the buildings that overlook the square at 1: 200 scale. The tactile experience is completed by the reproduction of some sculptural elements; The itinerary is also supported by captions in Braille.