It was back in 1716 when, after several requests, the Villa Arzenago community got permission to build a church dedicated to the “Santa Croce” (Holy Cross) - relic still venerated - from Rinaldo III, reigning Duke of Modena at that time.
The influence of the 18th-century style is clear in its baroque style, simple, without exceeding in stuccoes and decorations, and in the elongated facade, surmounted by a large cross. With the passing of time and after the church was completed - in 1726 - the hamlet’s name went from Villa Arzenago to Santa Croce. The community loves Santa Croce’s local peculiarities and takes so much care of them to make the hamlet a small treasure of these lands.
Other works of art to admire are “S. Andrea, S. Rocco, S. Sebastiano e i SS. Primo e Feliciano” by Purist painter Carlo Zatti (1844) on the “Altare della Comunità”, “S. Alberto di Gualtieri e S. Giovanni Nepomuceno” by Clemente Ruta (1742), the “Crocifissione” by Camillo Ricci (circa 1620), placed in the Torelli-Malaspina chapel.