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Sightseeing in Modena - what to see. Complete travel guide

This ancient Italian town attracts visitors primarily by its rich cultural program. There are many interesting and beautiful places, visiting which will become a real pleasure to any traveler.

Start your observation of sights of Modena with quite a gloomy place - the cemetery San Cataldo. In fact, the first impression of your excursion to this place will be misleading as this cemetery is the greatest architectural monument of Italy and best architects and designers of the country have worked over its design. Here you will also find tombs and majestic crypts, which sharp spikes go high into the sky, as well as skillfully performed burial complexes. Believe me, after visiting the cemetery you have only positive memories, as San Cataldo has an atmosphere of an old temple complex.
The main sightseeing platform of the city of Modena – the Ghirlandina tower – will be of great interest to active leisure enthusiasts and original events fans. The bird’s eye … Open
The Palazzo dei Musei Museum, opened in the old building of the 18th century, is another attractive place. The museum has a historical orientation, so here you will find a collection of important documents and archives. The oldest library of the city is also opened here.
Grande Square located in the center of the city is a real masterpiece of the architectural art. The design of the square was developed by numerous medieval masters. Once upon a time mass events were conducted on the square, so the square was designed like a spacious amphitheater. The main decoration of the square is the statue of la Bonissima, which was opened in 1468. According to one version, the prototype of the beautiful stranger was Matilda di Canossa, which was simply worshiped by the locals as a goddess of fertility and motherhood. Copyright
One of the most famous and popular eating houses of Modena is the Fini restaurant. Its elegant hall is designed in keeping to the best traditions of the Art Nouveau style. The restaurant … Open
Among the notable religious sites of this place we should definitely mention Duomo Cathedral and the Cathedral of San Giuseppe and great architectural monuments - Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Comunale. A walk in the park called Garden Estense will become the best end of the day. In this park you will also find several monuments and a magnificent pond.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Modena
♥   Castle 'Vignola Castle' Vignola, 20.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rocca Estense' San Felice sul Panaro, 27.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rocca' Cento, 30.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Galeazza' Crevalcore, 32.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Bianello Castle' Quattro Castella, 36 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Modena
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 57.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna' , 100.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre' , 112.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Modena and around
♥   Art museum 'Galleria Estense' Modena, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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