Guided tours to the Ducal Palace of Modena

Roman architect Bartolomeo Avanzini designed the Palazzo Ducale, whose construction began in 1634. The Palazzo housed the Este Court for more than two centuries and is today the headquarters of the Italian Military Academy.

Roman architect Bartolomeo Avanzini designed the Palazzo Ducale, whose construction began in 1634. The Palazzo housed the Este Court for more than two centuries and is today the headquarters of the Italian Military Academy. A majestic stairway climbs upward from the Honor Court to a loggia that leads to three “apartments”: the “Apartment of the Princes,” the “Private Apartment” (site of the Military Academy’s museum), and the “State Apartment,” which contains frescoes and portraits of the Este family.

The most spectacular rooms are the vast, elegant Hall of Honor, the “Sala dello Stringa” and the 18th-century Golden Salon, where it is believed Duke Francis IV signed the death sentence of Ciro Menotti, the leader of an unsuccessful 1831 rebellion against Austrian dominance.

Today the palace is the headquarters of the Military Academy. and can be visited only with a guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays upon reservation.

The guided tour also includes  the visit to the Military Academy History Museum where weapons and armatures, memorabilia, relics and military items (flags, uniforms, drums, etc.) are on display.

Every weekend several tours slot can be operated at 9.00 am, 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 3.00 pm and Sunday at 9.00 am, 10.00 am, 11.00 am, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm.  

Booking is required in advance, latest on Wednesday for the following weekend.

Most of the tours are in Italian but upon request, with a minimum number of participants, we can include additional English speaking tours. Feel free to contact the tourist office to check availabilities info@visitmodena.it

Scheduled tour:

  • 24th August at 03:00 pm 

  • 25th August at 11:00 am 

  • 31st August at 03.00 pm 

  • 1st September at 11:00 am

  • 7th September at 03:00 pm

  • 8th September at 11:00 am

  • 14th September at 03:00 pm

  • 15th September at 11:00 am

  • 21st September at 03:00 pm

  • 22nd September at 11:00 am

  • 28th September at 03:00 pm

  • 29th September at 11.00 am

  • 12th October at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm

  • 13th October at 11.00 am

  • 20th October at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm

  • 26th October at 3.00 pm

  • 27th October at 11.00 am

  • 2nd November at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm

  • 3rd November at 11.00 am

  • 9th November at 3.00 pm

  • 10th November at 11.00 am

  • 16th November at 3.00 pm

  • 17th November at 11.00 am

  • 23rd November at 3.00 pm

  • 24th November at 11.00 am

  • 30th November at 3.00 pm


If these hours are not suitable with your needs, you can contact the Tourist office office ph. +39(0)592032660  info@visitmodena.it, to find out if there are other available tours on the day you are interested in

 

HOW TO BOOK:

you can book and pay online by credit card here: 

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For any info, you can contact the Tourist office by phone or mail

ph +39 0592032660 info@visitmodena.it

 

Groups of min 10/15 participants can request a tour in English, French, Spanish, German. Please write to info@modenatur.it 

 


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Scheduled tour:

    • 24th August at 03:00 pm 
    • 25th August at 11:00 am 
    • 31st August at 03.00 pm 
    • 1st September at 11:00 am
    • 7th September at 03:00 pm
    • 8th September at 11:00 am
    • 14th September at 03:00 pm
    • 15th September at 11:00 am
    • 21st September at 03:00 pm
    • 22nd September at 11:00 am
    • 28th September at 03:00 pm
    • 29th September at 11.00 am
    • 12th October at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
    • 13th October at 11.00 am
    • 20th October at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
    • 26th October at 3.00 pm
    • 27th October at 11.00 am
    • 2nd November at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
    • 3rd November at 11.00 am
    • 9th November at 3.00 pm
    • 10th November at 11.00 am
    • 16th November at 3.00 pm
    • 17th November at 11.00 am
    • 23rd November at 3.00 pm
    • 24th November at 11.00 am
    • 30th November at 3.00 pm


    Online booking available!