Antiquities

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Antiquities

Our places have ancient origins and some museums and buildings prove it.

In Luzzara, you may visit Palazzo della Macina. The old Gonzaga palace was built around 1481. Originally - with its auxiliary buildings - it occupied the entire area south of the Luzzara Castle, between the Parish church and the actual seat of the Town Hall. The war culminating in the battle that took place on August 15, 1702, though, caused the destruction of a portion of the building. After the Gonzaga, it served as a Public Palace for centuries, and then it was abandoned until the Unification of Italy. Inside the palace, it is still possible to admire the loggia overlooking the courtyard - consisting of a porch with three open and semicircular arches supported by columns - now walled.

Heading towards Reggiolo, you may admire the majestic medieval fortress. It was constructed around the high tower dating back to 1242, which later became the central keep of the fortified complex known as “Castrum Novum” - to distinguish it from the older one, located beyond the so-called “Tagliata”. The castle has a quadrangular plan, with a ca. 40-meter wall per side, four angular towers - of which two more protruding, placed on the south side.

If you want to take a step back in time, you may visit Poviglio's “Terramara Santa Rosa” Museum. The land has been settled since the Bronze Age - actually, ten archeological areas connected to the “terramaricola” culture have been found. Documented between the late 17th and the early 12th centuries B.C., this culture was related to one of the largest settlement periods in Europe. 

The main “terramara” was Santa Rosa’s: it extended for 7 hectares. Its settlement dates back to the period between the late 16th and the early 15th centuries B.C. and survived until the mid-12th century B.C. - time of the general collapse of this culture.

Finally, in Brescello you should not miss the Archeological Museum. It collects a series of artifacts found in Brescello between the 18th and the 19th centuries. Actually, the village has a past of great historical importance - it became a Roman town of considerable relevance, since it controlled all trades along the river Po, between the 1st B.C. and the 1st A.D. centuries. The tour begins with original stelae from the small necropolis of Brixellum and a copy of a part of the monument dedicated to the Concordi family.