The Ducal Palace

Take the Roman-era Via Emilia toward the sumptuous seat of the Este court, the Palazzo Ducale. Along the way, you’ll notice, on Corso Canalgrande, a statue commemorating the great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at the entrance to the Teatro Comunale. The Theater bears his name today, evidence of the deep connection between Modena and music.

Once you’ve reached the Ducal Palace, now the home of the Military Academy, you’ll surely be enchanted by its beauty and by the vastness of the space that surrounds it, the fascinating Piazza Roma. Construction of the Ducal Palace, a project of architect Bartolomeo Advini, began in 1634. The building’s well-proportioned façade hints at its spectacular interiors.