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Guided tour to the Ducal Palace - 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. 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.

The Ducal Palace can be visited, with Italian guided tours only, on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays;

Every weekend can be activated different visits 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. Here follow some available tours, with online booking:

Scheduled tour:


  • 7th December at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • 8th December at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • 14th December at 3.00 pm
  • 15th December at 11.00 am

Online booking and tour schedule

If these times are not compatible with your needs, you can contact the IAT tourist infotmration office ph. +39(0)592032660, to find out if there are other available visit shifts on the day you are interested in.


From Mar 17, 2018
To Dec 15, 2019
Ducal Palace, Piazza Roma
41121 Modena (MO)

see the program

Cost The cost of the guided tour is Euro 8.00 per person, Euro 6.00 for children aged from 6 to 12 years old, free of charge for children under 6.
For details
Phone: +39(0)59/2032660
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