Day 1 - morning
We begin our journey in the soul of Modena: the Modena Cathedral, the Ghirlandina Tower, and Piazza Grande. As a group, these buildings were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The “wow factor” is guaranteed.
First stop: Modena Cathedral
Construction of the Modena Cathedral began in 1099, and it remains one of the most significant examples of Romanesque-style art in Europe. The Cathedral is a rare and beautiful gem designed by the great architect, artist, and builder Lanfranco, who incorporated the work of another master, the sculptor Wiligelmo. The Cathedral is often called a “book in stone,” and, on its fascinating exterior, you’ll see exquisitely sculpted depictions-in-relief of stories from the Bible.
Second stop: Ghirlandina Tower
Connected to the Cathedral by two arches is the Ghirlandina Tower, the Cathedral’s bell tower and the symbol of Modena. Elegant and proud, this splendid structure, beloved by Modena’s residents, soars to a height of eight-nine meters. From its earliest days, the bells of the Ghirlandina Tower told the city’s residents the time and called people to safety when danger threatened. Be sure to include a climb up the 200 steps of the Ghirlandina Tower in your plans.
From the top you’ll enjoy a spectacular 360° view of the city—a truly special experience!
Third stop: The Museums of the Cathedral
The Museums of the Cathedral are next to the entrance to the Ghirlandina Tower. The Museums are closely tied to the history of the Cathedral and are divided into two sections: one contains fragments of sculpture from the Modena Cathedral and earlier structures and the other conserves art works and furnishings that bear witness to the Cathedral’ s vitality over the centuries.
Fourth stop: Albinelli market
The historic Albinelli Market' s housed in an Art-Nouveau-style building and frequented by Modena’s residents. Here, in addition to buying local specialty products, enjoy a tasty meal at one of the many restaurants inside.
Albinelli Market is a great way to immerse yourself in the real Modena!