Ducal Palace Military Academy

Ducal Palace Military Academy

Piazza Roma - Modena - MO - 41121

Phone: Touristic Information Office: ph. 0039-59/2032660


The Ducal Palace can be visited (guided tours only) on Saturday and on Sunday throughout the year, or by reservation for groups. Visits must be previously booked by calling Modenatur 0039-59/2032660 or the Touristic Information Office ph. 0039-592032260. The cost of the guided tour is Euro 8.00 per person.


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. The elegant façade has three windows placed side-by-side and crowned by balustrades with statues. The central and lateral parts are raised.

The courtyard of honour with an elegant two-storey arcade is considered a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. From here you access the monumental staircase of honour adorned with Roman statues, which leads to the numerous rooms of the Estense Residence. Special mention should be made of the Sala del Trono, Salottino d'Oro, Salone d'Onore and the Sala dello Stringa.

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.  

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


    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 


    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



    you can book and pay online by credit card here: 


    Book Now!



    For any information, 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 


    Download HERE the Ducal Palace depliant