Together with the 12th-century cathedral and soaring tower, Piazza Grande is the heart of Modena. This cobblestone-covered square, one of the oldest in Italy, is a meeting-point for locals. Covered arcades line the length of the square, offering many cafes, bars, and restaurants, and a tourist office. If you're interested in people-watching, this is a prime place to do it, as it seems always to be bustling with locals on nightly walks, or passegiatas. Before you head to Modena, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Modena trip planner, to make sure you see all that Modena has to offer, including Piazza Grande.
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  • Piazza Grande in Modena, along with the Cathedral, civic Tower (belfry), registered on the World Heritage list. Get the impression it is not "big" as the square. On the north side of the square old courthouse built in the former Archbishop's Palace, on the South side in West City Hall, Cathedral, on the East side. Visited date was a Sunday, so square were crowded with tourists and local citizens. The leaning Bell Tower a bit, becoming a leaning tower. From far away I saw a big and beautiful
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  • Nice one square on which opens the Duomo, beautiful in its external structure and even more valuable inside. Remarkable inside the altar of statuettes, the chapel beneath the high altar and the Church as a whole. We couldn't see the right nave and part of the ceilings because they were undergoing restoration
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  • Coming from the South on the Piazza Grande man has left the Cathedral and the Palazzo Comunale right. Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande itself are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The beautiful Romanesque cathedral had no transept and a flat ceiling in the 12th century, so the early Christian basilicas remained close. His momentous for Italy was the acquisition of Speyer dwarf Gallery and its implementation to the whole building. Ambo and Portile speak in their screen-style Nordic rood screen. "The Cathedral: powerful she rises, it's like an uprising of the masses of stone against the sky, the stone masses have towers and cross bow with him." But the roof descends in wide, soothing, and the insurgency is an encounter between the Earth arose, and heaven come down to the roof. It's no friendly encounter, but a strict, but the small pillars, which above all deal with the DOM, soften the strict by something cheerful, childlike." (Max Picard, "according to Santa Fosca', February 1950). This Piazza Grande was the model for the famous song by Lucio Dalla (at least text technical). "Santi che pagano il mio pranzo non ce n' è sulle panchine in Piazza Grande, ma quando ho fame di mercanti come me qui non ce n' è." Dormo sull'erba e ho molti amici intorno a me, gli innamorati in Piazza Grande, dei loro guai dei loro amori tutto so, sbagliati e no. A modo mio avrei bi Sogno di caresses anch'io. "A modo mio avrei bi Sogno di sognare anch'io."
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