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Casalgrande

Casalgrande is a town located in the foothill area of the Province of Reggio Emilia to the south west of the administrative centre, on the left bank of the Secchia River. It was a mainly agricultural territory until the 1960s; from the 1970s it has become the biggest and most important ceramics district in Italy, together with Sassuolo, Fiorano Modenese and Castellarano.

Information

Altitude: 93 m
Inhabitants: 19.288 (updated to December 31, 2018)
Post code: 42013
Weekly market day: Thursday
Hamlets: Dinazzano, Salvaterra, San Donnino (Villa Spalletti), Sant'Antonino, Veggia

Contacts

Phone 0039 0522 998511 - Municipality
Website Municipality of Casalgrande

How to get there

Casalgrande

By car
From Reggio Emilia exit of A1 Motorway: National Road SS467 in the direction of Scandiano-Sassuolo.
From Reggio Emilia take National Road 9 in the direction of Modena, turning right at Rubiera to Casalgrande (National Road 486).

By train
From Reggio Emilia Railway Station: Reggio Emilia-Sassuolo local train service.

By bus
From Reggio Emilia, Piazzale Europa: bus No. 96 or 68.

Location

Casalgrande is a municipality in the foothill area of the Province of Reggio Emilia to the south west of the administrative centre, on the left bank of the River Secchia.
It was a predominantly agricultural territory until the 1960s; from the 1970s it has formed part of the biggest and most important ceramics district in Italy, together with Sassuolo, Fiorano Modenese and Castellarano.

Reasons to visit

Casalgrande maintains its historical part to the south of the main road, around the old castle, which was perhaps already existing in 1200.
What now remains of the Castle (at Casalgrande Alto) is a fortified palace dating to the XV century, with two square towers, machicolation-based defences and remains of battlements. The small town corresponds to the historical name of Boglioni, where the more recent town centre has developed.

Keeping fit

For activities in the open, a walk in the La Riserva park should not be missed; it is a natural green area used as local park with an altitude ranging from 150 to 384 metres above sea level.
The La Riserva park has a rich and varied vegetation with a network of small paths created inside it, thanks to local volunteers, going in different directions for a length of almost four kilometres and which lead to three stopping points called "Fontanina”, “Martinella” and “Quagliodromo La Riserva”.
There is also the Secchia Park in Villalunga, where events and festivals also take place.

Entertainments

The De Andrè Theatre is a cultural centre and meeting place with theatre, dance and music programmes.

Events

Casalgrande Jazz Festival First half of July
Jazz concerts with the participation of important national and international musicians.

September Festival - Second and third week of September
Concerts, performances, sports tournaments and exhibitions.

In the vicinity

There are notable examples of rural and noble settlements in the neighbourhood of Casalgrande and in the nearby villages.
Not to missed among these is a tour of Villa Spalletti dating back to the XVII-XVIII centuries, surrounded by a fine park; in the district of Salvaterra is the Castle built in the XII century; the Dinazzano tower (XIV century) stands on a hill; it is the only remains of an important fortified estate, from which is a beautiful view of the Reggio Emilia and Modena plain.

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