Gallerie Estensi’s sites in Sassuolo.

Palazzo Ducale di SassuoloI
A small Versailles in the heart of Emilia.

A few kilometres from Modena lies a place described as the ‘Este delight’: the Sassuolo Ducal Palace. This site, near the Emilian foothills and the river Secchia, was chosen not just due to the presence of an old castle on which the plan of the palace was based, but also for its healthy climate and waters. To this day Sassuolo is a thermal resort.

In line with the baroque tastes of the period, the Este family modelled their country seat on the principal palaces of Europe, which from the 17th century became symbols of the Absolutist age: vast in scale, magnificent, with rich decorative schemes and large open spaces around them, designed as parks and hunting grounds.

To this day, the Ducal Palace at Sassuolo has a strong presence in the city: as well as being Sassuolo’s greatest attraction, it is also a green lung, with its vast park open to the public.

Palazzo Ducale di Sassuolo


The story of the Palazzo goes back in time, probably dating back to the time of Matilde of Tuscany. During the thirteenth century, it was recorded as part of the Della Rosa kingdom until the Este conquest of 1373. It was the Marquis (and later Duke) of Ferrara himself, Borso d’Este, who initiated the works to convert the Palazzo from a fortified manor into a court residence which included the fres...

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Palazzo Ducale di Sassuolo

Piazzale della Rosa, 10
41049 Sassuolo (MO) 

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Opening days and times

Last admission 1 hour before closing time.

From 2 January to 31 March and from 1 December to 30 December 2020:

Open to groups from Tuesday to Sunday (minimum 15 and maximum 25 people). Pre-booking essential URP (tel. 0536.880801 -

 Fishpond open all days from 9 to 18  


Opening hours from 1 April to 30 November 2020



Sunday at the Museum


5 January, 2 February, 1 March,  10.00 - 18.00 - Free Entrance

Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 25, 26 and 31 December


For information and reservations:

Urp Office Relations with the public, Piazza Garibaldi 56, Sassuolo, tel. 0536 880801 - fax 0536 880904 -


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The ticket office close 60 minutes before closing time.

Regular 6 €
Reduced Young (till 25 years old) 2 €
Reduced FAI 5 €

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