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San Polo d'Enza

The town of San Polo d'Enza is situated on the plains of Reggio Emilia, at the mouth of the Enza River, about 16 km from the town of Reggio Emilia.

Information and contacts

Altitude: 166 m
Inhabitants: 6.179 update to December 31, 2018
Post code: 42020
Patron saint: San Paolo (25th January)
Hamlets: Barcaccia, Grassano, Pontenovo
Weekly market day: Thursday
+39 0522.241711 Municipality
Municipality of San Polo d'Enza

How to get there

By car: from Reggio Emilia, take Provincial Road SP 9 travelling in the direction of Cavriago and Montecchio Emilia, then switch to Provincial Road SP 8 to San Polo d'Enza.
By train: from the train station of Reggio Emilia, TPER train Reggio Emilia - Ciano d'Enza
By bus: from Piazzale Europa-Reggio Emilia SETA bus n.48

Historical notes

San Polo d'Enza is situated in the area that once belonged to Matilda, Countess of Canossa, and was an important link between the territory of Reggio Emilia and Parma, and between the plains and the mountains. The name of the town derived partly from San Paolo, to whom a chapel was dedicated, and partly from the Enza, the river that flows along the border of the territory. The area was first settled in very ancient times, as shown by the important Etruscan settlement that was found in Servirola (located about 1 km. north of town). It is thought that the town was established by the Etruscans around the 5th century B.C. The old name of San Polo, "Plebs de Caviliano", was mentioned for the first time in a charter drawn up on 14 October 980 A.D. and signed by Emperor Otto II. In 1070 San Polo became the property of the Church of Reggio Emilia under the rule of Marquis Boniface of Canossa. It was later ruled by the Visconti family, the Este, and the Gherardini in the seventeenth century.

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