Castelvetro of Modena

All the beauties of the Emilian village

Tra le colline dell’Emilia Romagna, il borgo di Castelvetro di Modena si è saputo conquistare negli anni un posto tra i borghi da visitare in Italia

From Castello di Levizzano to its historic center, Castelvetro di Modena is a village worth visiting: find out what to see during a visit to this town.

Nestled in the hills of Emilia Romagna, the village of Castelvetro of Modena has been able to conquer over the years a special place among the must-see destinations in Italy, thanks to its amazing panoramas, its excellent food and wine and the cultural wonders it preserves . The municipality of Castelvetro has been awarded the Orange Flag of the Touring Club, for the care of its environments and for its wide and diversified tourist offer, and is considered by many to be the most romantic village in the whole province of Modena. Admiring this small village nestled between a soft hilly landscape full of vineyards, it is immediately evident how intimately linked it is to wine production. In these territories, in fact, excellent labels are cultivated as well as one of the best balsamic vinegars, among the numerous reasons for pride of the local population, together with medieval castles, imposing towers, churches, museums and picturesque hiking trails.

What to see in Castelvetro of Modena

The name of the village of Castelvetro derives from the ancient Castrum Vetus, a name for the old Roman camp dating back to 150 BC. The area of ​​Castelvetro was however already known in the Etruscan era, and there are many historical periods that have left their mark on this enchanting pearl of Modena. The centerpiece of the historic center of the village is Piazza Roma, a famous checkerboard square, a symbol of the country and extremely original. Despite its ancient charm, the square was born in a rather recent period, between 1934 and 1935, years in which some buildings were demolished to create an open space overlooking the valley below the village.

Subsequently, the buildings on the square were equipped with sufficiently styled elevations to harmonize with the whole of the ancient buildings of the village, and in the 1950s the well-known black and white checkerboard was built which is immediately recognizable today. Just around Piazza Roma, also known as Piazza della Dama, there are some of the most beautiful buildings in Castelvetro di Modena, such as Palazzo Rinaldi and the Palazzo Municipale. To give character to the widening, two high towers also stand proud, namely the Clock Tower and the Prisons Tower.

The panorama enjoyed by these fortunate architectures is spectacular: a hand rest runs along the perimeter of Piazza Roma and allows you to contemplate the nature that surrounds the village by running your gaze along the Po valley. The building that now houses the town hall was formerly known as Palazzo del Secondogenito and was inhabited by some offspring of the noble family of the Rangoni counts. The palace was heavily damaged by an earthquake in the sixteenth century, but quickly restored: there are historical traces that see among the guests of the residence as early as 1564 nothing less than Torquato Tasso, a famous writer who often made Castelvetro his refuge and place of ‘inspiration.

Levizzano Castle and other buildings to visit

The main residence of the Rangoni family was in any case another splendid fortress, located north east of the town, the Levizzano Rangone Castle. The Castle stands in a dominant position on the hills of the homonymous hamlet of the municipality of Castelvetro and was born as a defensive bulwark against the fearsome Hungarians. Once belonged to the Marquis Bonifacio of Tuscany, father of Matilde of Canossa, it was once a fortified settlement which underwent numerous renovations during the thirteenth century which transformed it into a sumptuous noble residence.

The Matildica Tower is one of the architectures that gives personality to the Castle, and which is famous for being connected to the feudal Palace through a suggestive underground gallery, which can still be visited today accompanied by local guides and the seat of the Municipal Enoteca. In the sixteenth century, the buildings that make up the castle complex underwent new transformations and increasingly assumed a purely residential function, enriching themselves with refined frescoed rooms, halls and loggias with incredible charm. The irresistible charm of the Levizzano Castle allows today many couples of lovers to crown their love dream in a unique setting: some rooms of the castle are in fact available for events with the scent of orange blossom, as well as for conferences, exhibitions and cultural activities.

The Castle also hosts one of the fascinating museum sites of Castelvetro of Modena, namely Rosso Graspa, the Museum of Wine and the Rural Society, an interesting treasure trove of agricultural tools and tools for processing grapes and wood. MUSA stands out among the artistic and cultural venues of the Modenese village, a Museum of the Absurd that is truly unique, which collects excellent examples of contemporary art, giving voice to the dimension of the Absurd and the rich language of this artistic expression. Another representative of Castelvetro’s artistic wealth is the Fil D’Oro museum in Palazzo, a permanent exhibition of period clothes where you can take a dip among silks, laces, velvets and feathered hats.

Among the religious buildings not to be missed are the Church of Santi Senesio and Teopompo, located in the center between Palazzo Rangoni and the Torre delle Prigioni, which was destroyed by the earthquake in the 16th century and renovated, and then deconsecrated in 1907 and used as a residence by the Barani family. The new parish church of the village, always dedicated to Saints Senesio and Teopompo, completes the panorama of important religious sites together with the Oratory of Sant’Antonio da Padova and that of San Michele Arcangelo, located just outside the town. Finally, between via Cialdini and piazza Roma there is a point of interest for connoisseurs of good wine: the Enoteca Regionale, where more than 200 Emilia-Romagna labels are kept, as well as a very rich collection of Lambrusco Grasparossa DOP and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar DOP .

Castelvetro between living ladies and Lambrusco: events in the village

There are numerous events that come to life in the Modenese village during the year, all linked to ancient traditions and the gastronomic delicacies of this region. Piazza Roma, for example, is used for Renaissance re-enactments, and in the even years there is an exciting Living Lady played on its checkerboard flooring, and in odd years the Festa a Castello, which commemorates the celebrations that the Rangone dedicated to the poet Tasso. Instead linked to the concept of Assurdo is the Mercurdo festival, an artistic event that fills the streets of Castelvetro with theatrical performances, music and installations, of which MUSA is a sort of permanent version.

Then there was a celebration of the important recognition of the TCI Orange Flag staged in October, the perfect opportunity to see the rows of Lambrusco Grasparossa vineyards in full splendor, and a Festival dedicated to Grapes and Lambrusco, in September, a opportunity to taste the important Modenese grape variety, perhaps because it is not accompanied by tasty Parmesan cheese, or from tortelloni, Modena’s crescentine, rabbit alla cacciatora, cherry pies or one of the other infinite delicacies that these territories offer.

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