Redecocca Square

Bombing redesigns the city's urban plan

Bombing redesigns the city’s urban plan

Approximately 500 bombs fell on Modena between 12:26 and 12:42 p.m. on the 13th of May 1944, causing at least 113 casualties and almost 400 people to be injured, half of them seriously. The greatest damage was caused to the civilian houses of the city centre, where services connected to electricity and telephone networks were suspended, as well as water and gas supplies. Twenty-five unexploded bombs and the rubble heaps of the many destroyed buildings were the only remains on the ground.

At the end of the war, the municipal administration intervened to regulate reconstruction and, over the years, the new urban structure of the area was defined. The area between Via Tre Re and Via S. Paolo, where the bombs had opened wide gashes, was the subject of various reconstruction interventions and is now known as Piazzale Redecocca.