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Bagnolo in Piano

Bagnolo in Piano, located north of the administrative centre, of which today it is effectively an extension, is a flourishing agricultural and industrial centre which has now a renewed appearance thanks to modern urban interventions.


Altitude: 32 m
Inhabitants: 9.785 (updated to December 31, 2018).
Post code: 42011.
Weekly market day: Friday.
Patron Saint: San Francesco di Paola (April 2).
Hamlets: Pieve Rossa, San Michele, San Tommaso della Fossa.


Phone 0039 0522 957411 - Municipality
sito web Municipality of Bagnolo in Piano

How to get there

Bagnolo in Piano

By car
From the Reggio Emilia exit of the A1 Motorway A1: take Provincial Road 3 to Bagnolo in Piano.

By train
From the Reggio Emilia Railway Station: TPER train Reggio Emilia-Guastalla.

Historical notes

The first evidence of human settlement in the area dates from the II century BC. This was contemporaneous with the gradual process of land reclamation from a vast marshy area which originally extended north from Reggio Emilia to the river Po called the “Bondeno”.
In the period between the XI and XIV centuries the area remained under the jurisdiction of the Benedictine monks of the San Prospero monastery.
In 1335 the monastery was destroyed and the land passed to the Gonzaga family.
Later the town came under the rule of the Este family of Modena, continuing up to the end of the XVIII century.
Their rule was interrupted by the well-known series of events connected to the French Revolution.
During this latter period the local council area was split in two (Bagnolo and San Tommaso), both parts then to be united with Reggio Emilia in 1814.
These days Bagnolo in Piano displays a renewed confidence and belief both in its past and its future, with the recovery and protection of its historic past on the one hand and its development of modern architecture and town planning on the other.

Not to be missed

The town’s most important historic building is the Torrazzo, symbol of the Comune (the local government).
Building began in 1354 on behalf of the Gonzaga family as a fortification and defence of the roads joining Reggio Emilia and Mantua.
It was destroyed by invading French troops in 1702 (only the tower or keep now remaining).
Still in the heart of the town, Gonzaga - Ilva Ligabue Municipal Theatre, with a simple but pleasing late Art Nouveau style, offers an interesting theatre programme. 
The following are also of interest: XVIII-century parish church dedicated to San Francesco da Paola (the town’s patron saint), the XII-century church dedicated to the Santissima Immacolata Concezione (Holy Immaculate Conception) at Pieve Rossa in the village of Fossetta and the “Cà Rossa” rural estate dating back to the XVII century.

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