Modena World Heritage

La Guida di Modena

In 1997, Modena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"The joint creation of Lanfranco and Wiligelmo is a masterpiece of human creative genius in which a new dialectical relationship between architecture and sculpture was created in Romanesque art. The Modena complex bears exceptional witness to the cultural traditions of the 12th century and is one of the best examples of an architectural complex where religious and civic values are combined in a medieval Christian town."

The ticket for the whole World Heritage Site (6 euro) allows the entrance to: Ghirlandina, Museums of the Duomo, Palazzo Comunale with its 'Acetaia'
Audio tours available for 4 euro (6 euro the pair) at: IAT (14, Piazza Grande) and Museums of the Duomo (6, Via Lanfranco)


International masterpiece of the Romanesque style, designed by Lanfranco from 1099, has sculptures by Wiligelmo and the Maestri Campionesi.

Almost 90-metre tall, the Ghirlandina is one of the finest bell tower in Italy. The spire is impressive, the interior fascinating.

Heart of the city, the Duomo, the Palazzo Comunale, the Archbishopric are here. Two curiosities: the Preda Ringadora and the Bonissima.

It has been the seat of the municipal power for 1000 years: the tower, the porticoes, the staircase, the historical rooms are wonderful.