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Gattatico

Gattatico takes the name of the village where the Municipality was based until 1870: later the town hall was transferred to Praticello, chosen as the political and administrative seat for its centrality in the area.

Information

Altitude: 34 m.
Inhabitants: 5.895 (updated to January 1, 2015)
Post Code: 42043
Weekly Market Day: Thursday in the village of Praticello
Patron Saint: San Matteo (September 11)
Hamlets: Praticello (Town Hall offices), Olmo, Nocetolo, Ponte Enza, Gattatico, Taneto, Fiesso

Contacts

Phone 0039 0522 477912
Website Municipality of Gattatico

How to get there

Gattatico

By car
A1 motorway exit in Reggio Emilia: main road No. 9 Via Emilia to Sant'Ilario d'Enza, secondary road No. 38 Sant'Ilario d'Enza-Gattatico-Sorbolo.

By train
The nearest stations are Sorbolo, that can be reached from Parma through TPER Parma-Suzzara route, and Sant'Ilario d'Enza (8 km), that can be reached from Reggio Emilia by bus No. 2.

Location

Gattatico is situated 25 km north of Reggio Emilia, in the heart of the Po River Valley.

Historical notes

Area of ancient human settlement, it was first inhabited by the Cisalpine Gauls and then by the Romans who founded Tannetum, a thriving town, especially in the Augustan age.
In the high Middle Ages reclamation work was carried out on the land, for which prisoners (captati) were often used, giving rise to the name Gattatico.
After being under, alternately, Farnese, Sforza, Papal, French and Austrian domination, the town was elevated to a Municipality in 1805 and in 1853 passed officially to the Diocese of Reggio Emilia.
The area is rich in villas and manor courts, including the two estates of Pantaro di Sotto and Pantaro di Sopra. The interesting San Matteo Church is situated in Praticello.

Not to be missed

The Cervi Museum, which is also an active cultural centre, is situated in the farmhouse where the seven Cervi Brothers lived and where they were arrested and then shot by the Fascists in 1943.
The museum contains various documents and objects linked to the story of the Cervi brothers, to the Resistance and to local farming culture.

There is also a collection of farm tools relating to the work and life of a farming family in the first half of the last century.
The museum promotes a rich calendar of conferences, exhibitions and cultural events (the most important being is the Theatre Resistance Festival), and hosts a library of agricultural history.

Events

Theatre Resistance Festival - July
Festival of contemporary civil theatre.

Wheat festival - August - In the village of Olmo
Festival of ancient crafts. Maize threshing, traditional wheat threshing, the cooking of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, the preparation of polenta, handmade bread baked in a wood oven, traditional grape pressing, pork crackling contest. Entertainments, concerts, dance, tournaments, games, plays, cabaret.

San Matteo Festival - Fourth Sunday of September
Stalls, funfair, artistic handicraft, exhibitions, music, food and wine.

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