Ducal Palace Military Academy

Ducal Palace Military Academy

Piazza Roma - Modena - MO - 41121

Phone: Touristic Information Office: ph. +39(0)59/2032660


The Ducal Palace can be visited (guided tours only) on Saturday and on Sunday throughout the year. Booking is required in advance, latest on Wednesday for the following weekend.


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.  


    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



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    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 


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