Guided tour of Modena Ducal Palace

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  • Place
    Piazza Roma - Modena
  • Events
    Excursions and guided tours
  • Interests
    Art & Culture

Roman architect Bartolomeo Avanzini designed the Palazzo Ducale, the construction of which 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.

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. 


  • Piazza Roma - Modena
12 February - 31 July 2022
every saturday and sunday
Info on the website
Full ticket
€ 10,00
Reduced ticket
€ 8,00
children up to and including age 5

Information offices

Tourist Information Office Modena
Piazza Grande 14 Modena (MO) + 39 059 2032659 telephone:+ 39 0592032660
Punto informativo Palazzo dei Musei
Largo Porta S. Agostino 337 Modena (MO)
telephone:+ 39 059 2033125
Last update 13/02/2022

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