Museo del Palazzo


This fascinating noble apartment inside Palazzo dei Pio is a treasure trove of renowned art and well-preserved Renaissance frescoes (including detached frescoes that once adorned the palace's facade).

Highlights are many: Andrea della Robbia's four Tuscan-style tondi (glazed polychrome terracotta rounds) inside the striking capella are a reference in Italian ceramic arts; there are exhibitions on xylography and printing; and then there's Mattia Preti's La Vendetta di Progne, a macabre 17th-century revenge masterpiece depicting the serving of a decapitated child's head to its father at the dinner table by the mother as revenge for sleeping with (and cutting out the tongue of) her sister.

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1. Palazzo dei Pio

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3. Piazza dei Martiri

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4. Cattedrale Dell'Assunta

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5. Acetaia Giusti


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6. Museo Enzo Ferrari

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While Maranello’s Museo Ferrari focuses on the supersonic cars, this museum near Modena's train station, inaugurated in 2012, celebrates Signor Enzo…

7. Biblioteca Estense


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8. Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico


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