Gattatico

In the country house where the 7 Cervi brothers were arrested in November 1943, to be shot by the Nazis, is the Cervi House Museum

Information and contacts

Altitude: 34 m
Inhabitants: 5.895 (updated to January 1, 2015)
Post Code: 42043
Patron Saint: San Matteo (September 11)
Hamlets: Praticello (Town Hall offices), Olmo, Nocetolo , Ponte Enza, Gattatico, Taneto, Fiesso
Weekly Market Day: Thursday in Praticello
Telefono -  Phone 0039 0522 477912
Sito web - Website Municipality of Gattatico

How to get there

Gattatico

By car
A1 motorway exit in Reggio Emilia, main road No. 9 Via Emilia until Sant'Ilario d'Enza, secondary road No. 38 Sant'Ilario-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 SETA bus No 2

Historical notes

Gattatico takes its name from the district in which the local council was based up to 1872. The Town Hall was then transferred to Praticello, chosen as its political and administrative headquarters because of its central position within the area.
There is a long history of human settlement in this locality, first having been inhabited by the Cenomanic Gauls and then by the Romans who founded Tannetum here, an important centre particularly during the Augustan period. During the High Middle Ages significant land reclamation works were carried out, often using prisoners (“Captati”) for the labour. “Captati” was the origin for the present-day name Gattatico. Having been described with the names of “Farnese”, “Sforzesca”, “Papale, “Francese” and “Austriaca”, the town was given the status of “Comune” (local council) in 1805 and in 1853 it formally became part of the Diocese of Reggio Emilia.

The following events represent the most important of the various celebrations taking place in Gattatico over the year: the Fair of San Matteo celebrated in Praticello in the last third of September including the holding of various events with a cultural, folk and sporting emphasis, the Beffana (Epiphany) on 6 January, Carnival (held during February), the national liberation day of 25 April celebrated with ceremonies and shows and other initiatives of some importance – normally held at the Museo Cervi; the international Cycle Race of 1 May called the “Trofeo Papà Cervi” organised by the Gattatico Cycling Club; the Non-Stop Pratticio Rock concert organised by the “Centro Govani” (Youth Centre) and Pro Loco at the beginning of July, the “Museo Sotto le Stelle” (Museum under the Stars) musical and theatrical events always held at the Museo Cervi in July; the “Festa del Grano” (Harvest Festival) held in August in the Olmo district, organised by the local Acli Club; The Choral Singing Festival held in the “Centro Polivalente” (Multifunctional centre) in December organised by the “Amici della Musica” Association.

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