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Castles, towers, bell towers

Reggio Emilia

Clock Tower (Palazzo Monte di Pietà)

The Clock Tower of Reggio Emilia was built in 1216; its height is 47 metres and in the bell cell are three ancient pear-shaped bells.

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Brothel Tower

The Bordello Tower was built in 1489 to host the town archives.

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San Prospero Basilica Tower

Octagonal shaped bell-tower which was never completed; the work of Alberto Pacchioni.

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Albinea

Borzano Castle

The Borzano Castle, of which are few remaining traces, was built on the summit of a an imposing gypsum hill.

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Montericco castle

The ancient castle of Montericco, which is now a private residence, has seen extensive renovation, and although the building is impressive and well preserved, it retains little of its original appearance.

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Albinea Castle

The construction of the castle can be dated to before 1070. The castle was built by the Fogliani family and in 1070 appears in the bishops' estate.

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Bagnolo in Piano

Il Torrazzo

The Torazzo is the civic tower and symbol of the town.

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Casalgrande

Casalgrande castle

Built in the first half of the 7th century. The remains of the Casalgrande fortifications imperiously dominate the plain below which is traversed by the River Secchia.

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Castellarano

The Castle

Private property. The castle was built by the Countess Matilda of Canossa who then entrusted it to Miles Raniero, having granted him government of the territory, who made him Count of Castellarano.

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The Rocchetta

The Rocchetta, or small fortress, acts as a series of defensive entrance gates to the Castle. Its appearance is now the result of frequent building works.

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Castelnovo di Sotto

Fortress of Castelnovo Sotto

The building visible today, in the old town, is in sound condition and houses the municipal offices.

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Correggio

Bell Tower of the Basilica di SanQuirino

The tower is the only remaining bulwark of the old castle of Correggio (14th century), now adapted as the bell tower of the Basilica of San Quirino.

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Fortress

The Fortress, after restoration work, is now part of A.I.G. (International Youth Hostels Association).

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Fabbrico

Guidotti Castle

Of interest is the small courtyard, where moats, walls, and details of the ancient small fort dating from the era of Matilda, Countess of Canossa can be made out.

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Gualtieri

Civic Tower

The Civic Tower stands high above the surrounding porticoes and, with its wide pointed archway, is both an entrance into the square and an architectural accompaniment into the beautiful street Via Vittorio Emanuele.

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Luzzara

Tower in Luzzara

The centre of Luzzara is dominated by the Municipal Tower which is also an interesting viewing point.

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Montecchio Emilia

Montecchio Castle

The fortified nucleus can be dated to the time of Matilda as demonstrated by a document signed by the Countess in 1114.

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Novellara

The Fortress

"Valiant fort" was the expression coined in 1520 by the pontifical governor Francesco Guicciardini to describe the powerful structure of the castle of Novellara

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Quattro Castella

Bianello Castle

Bianello Castle is one of the four Matilda fortresses, built on four successive hills of equal height and dominating the plain below.

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Reggiolo

The Fortress

The castle was built by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia in the first half of the 13th century to defend itself against the people of Mantova who attacked the fortress several times.

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Rubiera

The Fortress

The fortress presented a formidable fortified layout comprising a compact quadrangular structure with central courtyard, articulated in four imposing scarp wall bastions.

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Apse and bell tower

Fifteenth-century bell tower and medieval apse. Only the external structures can be viewed.

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San Martino in Rio

Estense Fortress

The Castle, after being destroyed by Federico Barbarossa in 1167, was rebuilt with mighty towers and was passed to the Roberto family of Reggio Emilia.

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San Polo d'Enza

Fortress

The current appearance of the castle is due to alterations made to the original building to turn it into an aristocratic residence.

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Scandiano

Arceto Castle

The castle is mentioned for the first time in a Nonantola charter of 883. It was then given to the Bishops of Reggio Emilia by Emperor Otto I in a charter of 962.

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Civic Tower or Clock Tower

Originally it was the entry gate to the old residential district, commissioned by Feltrino Boiardo in the first half of the XV century.

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Dondena Bagnoli Castle

The castle was built in the second half of the 19th century and reflects the updated neo-medieval style which was popular at that time. It is privately owned and can be viewed from the outside.

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Castello della Torricella

On the hills of Ventoso, a few miles from Scandiano, the Torricella was built after 1335, by the family Da Fogliano. (privatly owned)

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Gypsum Castle

Only a few traces remain of the Castello del Gesso (Gypsum Castle), whose name comes from the local presence of this mineral.

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Boiardo Fortress

The stronghold, first core of the town, was the symbol of political power in Scandiano for eight centuries. The complex includes medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque structures.

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