The extraordinary monuments of Modena are all concentrated in its elegant old town. These monuments tell the glories of a city that for a long time was the capital of a duchy, under the Este Lords, who resided here from sixteenth century, UNESCO has acknowledged the universal value of the city's monumental treasures by declaring the Cathedral, Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina Tower Unesco world heritage.
The classic half-day tour of the historic center of Modena includes the outside of the Palazzo Ducale, the Piazza Grande, the interior (when possible and with a donation) the magnificent Duomo with its impressive bell tower known as the Ghirlandina, the interior of Palazzo Comunale with its prestigious frescoes (when possible and with entrance fee), the funny covered food market Albinelli, ending in the area of the Jewish ghetto. If you want to spend the whole day in the historical centre of this beautiful city then you can also add the Renaissance church of San Pietro with its Benedictine monastery and the Baroque church of St. Augustine, once a pantheon of Este. Alternatively the splendid Galleria Estense with its paintings, sculptures and its archaeological collections.
Could be nice then to conclude with a food stop…to taste the gastronomic local delights.