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.

Address and contacts

Piazza Castello - 42019 Scandiano
Phone 0039 0522 764273 - Tourist office of Scandiano
sito web Arceto Castle

Opening times

The castle is open and visitable upon previous arrangement only.


Free for children until 15 years old and over 65.

How to get there

Scandiano - The Castle is in Locality Arceto (about 3 km from Scandiano)

By car
From A1 motorway Reggio Emilia exit: take SS467 ringroad towards Scandiano-Sassuolo.
From Modena: take SS486 "Passo delle Radici" road towards Sassuolo, then at Veggia take SS467 road towards Scandiano-Reggio Emilia.

By train
There are local trains to Reggio Emilia-Sassuolo, leaving from the Reggio Emilia Railway Station.

By bus
From Piazzale Europa bus No. 46 line Reggio Emilia-Baiso (Cerredolo)-Carpineti-Castelnovo né Monti.

Historical notes

Mentioned for the first time in a document from Nonantola dated 883, it was later recognized for the Bishops of Reggio Emilia by Holy Roman Emperor Otto I in a document from 962.
From 1414 onward the castle, with its court and surrounding lands, followed the fortunes of Scandiano.
It is one of the few remaining examples on our territory of a plains fortress, built atop an earthen embankment constructed after the excavation of an elliptical moat.
In the well-preserved internal courtyard stands the Oratory of St. Rocco, built in 1570 by the Marquis of Thiene.
Of particular note in the interior of the castle is the monumental staircase constructed by the Marquis De Mari in 1750.
A public section of the castle, recently restored, was inaugurated on June 3, 2000.
The current restoration has aimed to bring the rediscovered material in the public spaces back to a state of clear legibility and to the pleasures of the senses, using neutral backgrounds to emphasize the original fragments.
Particular attention has been paid to the restoration of the floors: artisanal terra cotta tiles with similar shape and texture to the originals, or from the same time period, have been used.