Modena, Piazza Roma
The magnificent Palazzo Ducale is the protagonist of the beautiful and recently renewed Piazza Roma. At the time of the Dukedom, the square was used for official celebrations and to receive Princes and Popes who came here visiting the Estense family.
On the right of the facade, the monument represents Ciro Menotti, the Modenese leader of the insurrection of 1831 and of the Italian Risorgimento (Giuseppe Garibaldi admired him so much that he called one of this sons Menotti!). The statue was carried out by Cesare Sighinolfi in 1880: the national hero, standing with a flag, looking the Palazzo Ducale, exactly towards the wonderful gold drawing room where probably he was condemned to death by Duke Francesco IV, his opponant. At the base, his fellow conspirators: don Giuseppe Andreoli, Vincenzo Borelli, Giuseppe Ricci and Anacarsi Nardi.