The Piazza Grande, Modena, is incredibly impressive, even though the overlooking Civic Tower is currently under scaffolding. Aside from its size, the square is packed with history and art. Around it you can see the Town Hall, the Cathedral and the Ghirlandina tower, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The square was originally designed in the Middle Ages, but has undergone significant changes over the centuries.
The name of the old Empire Square makes it easy to guess the date of its construction (1933, during the fascist regime). Now it's called the Piazza Matteotti, and is one of the most central parts of Modena.