afernoon. The Ghirlandina Tower and the Palazzo Comunale
Modena’s historic district is full of options, both traditional and not, where you can enjoy a refreshing pause. Very near the Cathedral, for example, is the Albinelli Market, the historic marketplace for Modena’s residents and a sight not to be missed. Find something to enjoy at one of the market’s many food stalls, and take a seat at a table to take in the bustling street scene.
After lunch, your journey among the artistic splendors of Modena’s UNESCO World Heritage Site continues with a visit to the fascinating Ghirlandina Tower, beloved by Modena’s citizens and the undisputed symbol of the city. The Ghirlandina Tower is the bell tower of the Modena Cathedral, and it has played an important role in the life of the city for centuries: its bells told the city’s residents the time, signaled that the gates in the city walls were opening, and called people to safety when danger threatened.
The summit of its eighty-six meters offers a breathtaking 360° view of the city as well as a special perspective on Piazza Grande below, the city’s eternal heart.
A stroll through Piazza Grande is enjoyable at any time of day, and the mood shifts with the movement of the sun. In the morning, you’ll experience the flurry of activity that marks the beginning of the day; in the afternoon, enjoy the more relaxed rhythms that take over after lunch; and, near sunset, allow yourself to be enchanted by the shades of pinkish light reflected on the Modena Cathedral and the Ghirlandina Tower.
Another high point in Piazza Grande is the Preda Ringadora (the “Haranguing Stone”) across from the stairway at the entrance to the Palazzo Comunale, and La Bonissima, the statue of a female figure installed at one corner of the building.
Finish up the day with a visit to the Palazzo Comunale, which serves today as Modena’s city hall just as it did during the Middle Ages. The beautiful and historic rooms inside are open to visitors as is a particular treasure … the city’s vinegar cellar, managed by the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Makers’ Guild, where rows of barrels contain the city’s famous “black gold,” Modena’s traditional balsamic vinegar.
That’s the end of this itinerary, but it’s not the end of the marvelous experiences that await you in Modena. We’re standing by with any advice or help you need to get the most out of your time in Modena, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.