The UNESCO World Heritage Site
The only place to start your tour is the beautiful Piazza Grande, which has always been the heart of the city. In 1997, this piazza, along with the imposing Romanesque-style Modena Cathedral and the elegant Ghirlandina Tower, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As you walk through the piazza, you’ll very likely notice two interesting details. First, a slab of red marble across from the stairway at the entrance to the Palazzo Comunale, the Preda Ringadora (the “Haranguing Stone”). The Ringadora was once used as a platform for orators to address the crowd. Second, the mysterious Bonissima, the statue of a woman installed at one corner of the building.
Stop to admire the exterior of the Modena Cathedral. This Romanesque-style architectural jewel, whose design is the work of the architect Lanfranco and the sculptor Wiligelmo, will leave you spellbound. Take your time as you enter, immersing immerse yourself in its solemn atmosphere. Once outside again, complete your visit at the nearby Museums of the Cathedral.
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!
Finally, if you’re an art lover, don’t miss the beautiful Historic Rooms of the Palazzo Comunale, where you can admire splendid frescoes and paintings.