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Cadelbosco di Sopra

The town is located in an area of fertile plains wrested from the Po River marshlands by centuries of human labour; it is now a lively and modern town.


Altitude: 33 m
Inhabitants: 10.725 (updated to December 1, 2018)
Post code: 42023
Weekly market day: Wednesday
Patron Saint: San Matteo (April 6)
Hamlets: Villa Argine, Cadelbosco di Sotto, Villa Seta


Phone 0039 0522 918511 - Municipality
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How to get there

Cadelbosco di Sopra

By car
From Reggio Emilia exit of A1 Motorway: take the National Road SS63 in the direction of Guastalla-Mantova.

By bus
Public transport service bus No. 93 or 87.


The territories north of Reggio Emilia, situated between the Crostolo stream, the Enza river and the via Emilia road have been subject to extensive reclamation over the centuries, carried out by the Benedictine monks and by the Este family, permitting the growth of important human settlements. Cadelbosco Sopra is one of these.
The small town is situated 10 km from Reggio Emilia, and has historically always followed its fate. It is an agricultural town whose numerous cooperative dairies and farms produce significant amounts of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Historical notes

This town can trace its origins back to around the 10th century when it was a village called Vico Zoario (from the Latin Zea, a graminaceous plant then very common in the area).
There is then a further reference in an ancient document where mention is made of the same village, referring to the foundation of the “Vico Zoario” castle.
In 1215 records show that the owner of the castle and the surrounding woods was a certain Gherardo del Bosco - from whom the present-day town presumably takes its name.
The next owners of the land were the Benedictines of San Giovanni of Parma who began the important work of land reclamation.
Further hydraulic works were undertaken in 1570 under the Bentivoglio family to ensure that none of the precious waters flowing down from the Apennines were wasted.

Not to be missed

From an artistic point of view, the XVII-century church dedicated to San Celestino,and Santissima Annunziata Church, with an elegant façade and a classic-style bell tower and inside an impressive organ by Triari, is worth a visit.
In Piazza della Libertà is the "Monument to the Resistance" by Marino Mazzacurati.
The town is also the birthplace of the artist Nani Tedeschi.
L'Altro Teatro offers performances with productions linked to contemporary art, young people and the territory.

In the vicinity

At a distance of 5 km is Cadelbosco di Sotto, of which it is worth mentioning the church of SS. Annunziata (1513) and, at the Crostolo Stream, the Botte Bentivoglio (1566), a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering.
It is a 77 m-long duct that allows the water of the reclamation canal to pass under the stream bed.

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