Gualtieri

Gualtieri

Gualtieri, of medieval origins, has undergone several devastating floods over the centuries, even though it managed to preserve architectural beauties of considerable value.

Among these the beautiful Piazza Bentivoglio characterised by a perfect square of 100 meters side, with a portico on three sides. Heart of the city, the square was built by the Ferrarese architect Giovan Battista Aleotti known as l'Argenta between 1580 and 1610. The project of Palazzo Bentivoglio, residence of the Marquis of Gualtieri, which overlooks the in front of the Clock Tower also was made by l’Argenta. 

Inside the only wing of the Palazzo that has survived to the present day, it is possible to admire the seventeenth-century frescoes by Badalocchio (particularly in the Sala dei Giganti), the rich decorations, also of the seventeenth century, of the Bentivoglio Chapel; the eighteenth-century Theater built by Fattori has recently been re-opened and during the summer season to host a program of theatrical and musical performances.

Inside the Palazzo Bentivoglio, in the room of Icaro, it is possible to visit the collection of paintings belonging to the theatrical tailor Umberto Tirelli, a native of Gualtieri, donated to the Municipality of Gualtieri in 1992. The collection consists of about fifty works by artists friends of the tailor, who died in 1990. The famous names include Balthus, Cagli, Casorati, Clerici, De Chirico, Guttuso, Maccari and Manzù. In the same room it is possible to admire the costumes of Pier Luigi Pizzi for Enrico IV of Pirandello, worn by the actor Romolo Valli and that of P. Tosi for Ludwig by Visconti worn by the actress Romy Schneider, both coming from the Tirelli donation located in Palazzo Pitti in Florence. The Palace houses also the Documentary Museum and the Antonio Ligabue Study Center, dedicated to the works of the famous twentieth century painter who was born in Zurich and lived in Gualtieri. Also, in Piazza Bentivoglio there is the collegiate church of Santa Maria della Neve, built on a design by Argenta but totally destroyed by a flood and rebuilt in the eighteenth century (inside a Crucifixion by Camillo Ricci).

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Bentivoglio Palace

   

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Palazzo Bentivoglio was built on the structure of an ancient castle, the complex consisted of a large quadrangular mole, surrounded by deep trenches at the four corners and provided with towers: the whole circumscribed a large courtyard.

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Greppi Palace

   

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In the village of Santa Vittoria - in Gualtieri - stands a large building constructed between 1770 and 1775 by the family of the noble Greppi from Milano - who had received a large agricultural estate in the area from the Estensi Counts. The palace is placed in the very centre of the village: its location and volume have affected the entire configuration of Santa Vittoria, preventing the construction of a square

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Tirelli Collection

   

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The collection is hosted in the rooms of Palazzo Bentivoglio and consists of 50 works of considerable artistic value that the famous tailor Umberto Tirelli has donated to the City of Gualtieri.

Among these stand out Balthus drawings, paintings by Fabrizio Clerici, Renato Guttuso, Mino Maccari, Giorgio de Chirico, Giacomo Manzù. Also on show are two costumes designed by Pier Luigi Pizzi and Piero Tosi for the Enrico IV of Pirandello and for the Ludwig by Luchino Visconti.

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The Golena of Gualtieri

   

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The gualtieri flood plain offers significant opportunities from the naturalistic point of view in the different seasons of the year. The territory enclosed between the master's embankment and the Po riverbed is very complex and diversified, including both naturalistic and anthropological aspects.

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Church of the SS Annunziata

   

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The original building - located further east - has been affected by frequent floods of the river Po that seriously compromised its stability. A new one was built between 1653 and 1670. The church interior has a single nave, with six side chapels. The vault was entirely restored between 1914 and 1915, as well as a large part of the Temple.