Piazza San Marco and Civic Tower

In the square are the two buildings that represent the town’s civil and religious power centres, i.e. the Basilica of the same name and the Town Hall.
Piazza San Marco - 42022 Boretto

The Hall tower (1663-1723), incorporated in the Town Hall, is a fine example of Art Nouveau decorative style (Marcello Nizzoli). In front of the tower is the statue of a winged lion, the symbol of the city of Venice, known as “la Serenissima”, donated to the town of Boretto by Venice in 1958, in memory of the trading relations that once existed between the two centres, when Boretto was a stronghold of Venetian trade in the Po valley.

Town Hall and Council Room: the Art Nouveau frescoes by Marcello Nizzoli.

Marcello Nizzoli was born in Boretto in 1887 and died in 1969. During his long career as an artist, he achieved international fame, particularly in the field of design. Among his early works, the frescoes in the Council Room offer a pleasant “taste” of the cultured and decorative artistic trend of the early twentieth century known as Art-Nouveau style which, inspired by a remarkable degree of artistic fervour, managed to combine formal and chromatic elegance.

How to get there:
From Reggio Emilia: 30 kilometres along the Provincial Road 358.
From the A1 Milan to Bologna motorway: leave the motorway at the Reggio Emilia exit and follow road signs to Castelnovo di Sotto for 30 kilometers.
From the A22 Modena to Brennero Motorway: leave the motorway at the Reggiolo exit and follow road signs to Guastalla for 25 kilometers.
By river:
from Mantua - at the “Laghi” dock.
From Cremona: from the “Porto Fluviale” (River port)
By train:
From Reggio Emilia, SETA local train service from Reggio Emilia to Guastalla.
By coach: from Reggio Emilia, SETA local service from Reggio Emilia to Boretto with branch service to Viadana (Mantua).