Ghirlandina

Ghirlandina, Modena: Hours, Address, Ghirlandina Reviews: 4.5/5

Ghirlandina
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Alongside the apse of the cathedral, standing 89.32 metres tall, is the Ghirlandina belltower, the symbol of the city of Modena. The Ghirlandina was given this nickname by the city's inhabitants due to the double ring of parapets that crown its steeple, "as light as garlands", ghirlanda in Italian. Built as the belltower for the cathedral, this tower has however played an important civic function since its origins: the ringing of its bells marked the time for life in the city, it announced the opening of the gates in the city walls and acting as a warning for the people in situations of alarm and danger. Its mighty walls guarded the so-called “Sacristy" of the Municipality, which was home to the strongboxes, public documents and objects of great symbolic value like the famous fourteenth-century “Secchia rapita” or Stolen Bucket (a copy is currently on display).
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy5,453 contributions
Jan 2022
This wonderful marble tower stands next to the cathedral in Modena's main square. For the princely sum of €3 you can enter and climb almost to the top where a friendly guide will explain the history of the tower and answer any questions. Due to COVID you need to book your entrance time by phone or on-line.

It was originally built in 1189, and then extended to its current height during renovations of the cathedral between the 13th and 15th centuries. In fact the lower part is in a different style to the higher.
Written January 9, 2022
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Jake23
New Jersey6,086 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
The bell tower is absolutely beautiful. While it is a nice climb to get to the top the view is beautiful. The tower itself it stunning and covered in marble.
Written July 24, 2021
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curryfiend580
loughborough116 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
After the towers of Lucca and Bologna, we were underwhelmed by the climb. The outside is beautiful but I wouldn’t bother paying to go inside
Written August 3, 2019
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,651 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We walked by the tower - not venturing a walk up on a 90+ degree day. The tower is quite impressive standing next to the church.
Written June 25, 2019
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dar2027
Wilmington, NC79 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
MUST see when visiting Modena - takes your breath away when you see it in person -Beautiful ! HIGHLY Recommend
Written May 21, 2019
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
This lovely tower is the dominant landmark in Modena, soaring to 86m. Originally built in 1189, it was only five storeys high before it was extended to its current height during renovations of the Duomo between the 13th and 15th centuries. Its name comes from the iron railings at the top of it.
Written April 3, 2019
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Patryk
Poznan, Poland61 contributions
Nov 2018
In my opinion is worth going to the Ghirlandina. You can see whole city of Modena from that place. What's more we expected that we could go higher, but we weren't able to do it.
Written March 19, 2019
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Ingo618
Modena, Italy240 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Nice view over Modena to remember, but when we got to the top there were grates covering each of the windows so while the views were nice, we could only see everything through thick black wires.
Written January 20, 2019
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Sara O
Turin, Italy139 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
The 200 steps to the top were easier than expected, but when we got to the top there were grates covering each of the windows so while the views were nice, we could only see everything through thick black wires.
Written January 5, 2019
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krasnayadom
Manchester, UK37 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
You will notice that most of the tower is square shaped with the last third or so octagonal with a steeple. In September 2018 the highest you could climb was to the top of the square tower, about 200 steps. This takes you into a room with views out across the city. The climb is relatively easy because the steps are in good condition and wide enough for two people to pass if needed. It's also quite a bit cooler than outside.

A number of reviews state that the windows in the top room have a thick mesh on so the opportunities to take pictures are limited. However, if you check the mesh on the central window of each side you will see that there is a small section, about 15cm by 10cm, that you can lift like a flap. The flap is hinged using two metal rings. Turn one through about 90 degrees and it will keep the flap up out of your way. You can then push the lens of your camera through for an unobstructed view.

The staff on duty on Tuesday we visited spoke good English and were very helpful.

Unfortunately for us on the day, we were wearing shorts so, as with a lot of churches, we were unable to visit the Duomo itself as legs and ladies shoulders need to be covered. Better prepared tomorrow!
Written September 21, 2018
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  • Tue - Thu 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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