Modena Things to Do

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  • 26. Church San Francesco

    Built in 1244, la Chiesa di San Francesco is one of the oldest Franciscan churches in the world. At the time of its construction, it was located outside the city limits, but merged within Modena over...

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  • 27. Pietra Ringadora

    This large flat piece of pink veronese marble is placed on a platform at Piazza Grande within the inner corner of the L-shaped Palazzo Comunale. It is called la Pietra Ringadora, i.e. the haranguing...

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  • 28. Church San Agostino

    Though modest on the outside, la Chiesa di Sant'Agostino is one of Modena's most richly decorated on the inside. The church was built in the 14th century by Augustine monks as a replacement to their...

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  • 29. Church San Giovanni Battista

    Built in the 16th century, la chiesa di San Giovanni Battista replaced an older chapel. In 1723, it was remodelled into the interesting Baroque form we see today, by the architect Gerolamo...

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  • 30. Palazzo Belle Arti

    Commissioned in 1785 by Duke Ercole III d'Este, il Palazzo di Belle Arti was specifically designed as l'Accademia delle Belle Arti, the Beaux-Arts academy of Modena. The Neoclassical design, with its...

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  • 31. Palazzo Santa Margherita

    Dating from the 12th century, this "palazzo" was originally the convent of Santa Margherita. It changed hands several times during its history until it was recently turned into a cultural centre with...

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  • 32. Church San Bartolomeo

    The Chiesa di San Bartolomeo is a rather unassuming place of worship, primarily because it is not set off from the other houses or buildings on the Via dei Servi. Nevertheless, it is a pretty church,...

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  • 33. Church del Voto

    Modelled after the church of San Salvatore in Bologna, la Chiesa del Voto was built in 1634 to commemorate the end of the Plague. It was the work of the architect Cristoforo Malagola who combined a...

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  • 34. Campanile ex Chiesa San Salvatore

    All that remains from the church of San Salvatore is its red brick bell tower (campanile). The non-extant church was first built in 1214, and then enlarged and remodelled in 1383 when it was taken...

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  • 35. Porticos

    “This petty duke of Modena is a man of about fifty, and said to be the greatest tyrant after Don Miguel in the world. The prisons are full of suspected traitors: one hundred and thirty of the best...

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  • 36. Piazza Roma

    The Piazza Roma isn't quite a draw in and of itself, but you are sure to pass through it if you visit the Palazzo Ducale (and no one should come to Modena without visiting the Palazzo Ducale). In the...

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  • 37. Statue of Giuseppe Mazzini

    As far as I can tell from the short biographies I have read of Mazzini, he never was in Modena or, more likely, he never did anything of note in the city. Still, Mazzini is an important figure in the...

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  • 38. Corso Canalgrande

    Among the non-extant canals of Modena, the largest and most important was Canal Grande. It too was buried in the 17th century and turned into a wide street, still known by its name: Corso Canalgrande....

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  • 39. Torre dell'Orologio

    “Modena (anc. Mutina), capital of the former duchy of Modena, stands on a broad plain in Northern Italy, 23 miles by rail NW. of Bologna. Pop. (1881) 31,053; in commune, 58,058. It is surrounded with...

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  • 40. Church Santa Maria della Pomposa

    One of Modena's oldest surviving churches, la Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pomposa was built in 1153. It owes its name to an abbey in the Po Valley, l'Abbazia di Pomposa, to which it was affiliated. In...

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  • 41. Church Santa Eufemia

    Located just west of Piazza Duomo, this small church is dedicated to Sant'Eufemia. It was originally built in the 11th century by Benedictine monks, but was rebuilt in 1644 by the architect,...

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  • 42. Palazzo Arcivescovile

    Located opposite the façade of il Duomo is the mediaeval archiespiscopal building, il Palazzo Arcivescovile. The building modified over time for the corner contains a pillar of white stone with...

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  • 43. University

    Modena is home to one of Europe's oldest universities. It is nowadays officially known as l'Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, with a campus divided between the two cities. It was...

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  • 44. Church Santa Maria delle Asse

    The small church, Santa Maria delle Assi on Corso Canalgrande was found in the 12th century. The actual structure, however, is from a reconstruction in 1596 by i Canonici Regolari di Sant'Agostino...

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  • 45. Church San Vincenzo

    Completely rebuilt in 1617 as a replacement to the original 13th century structure, la Chiesa di San Vincenzo later became the funerary church of the Dukes of Modena. This honour was originally...

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  • 46. Church san Paolo

    Dedicated to Saint Paul, la Chiesa di San Paolo was built in 1192. It later became the church for le monache di Misericordia (Sisters of Mercy) who in 1653 employed the architect, Cristoforo Malagola,...

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  • 47. Statue Bonissima

    This rather primitive statue of a slim lady is known as "la Bonissima" and is much loved by the locals as a representative of their city. It has been at its location, at the southern corner of Palazzo...

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  • 48. Polo Culturale Sant'Agostino

    Commissioned by Duke Francesco III, l'Ospedale Sant'Agostino was built between 1753 and 1758. When in 1771 l'Arsenale Ducale (today's Palazzo dei Musei) was completed across the street, l'Ospedale...

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  • 49. Handball

    Everyone should go and see some sort of proffesiol sporting match. I recomend handball. Also, all over the country there are often cycling races, wich can be kind of boring to watch, but amazing at...

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