Franco Tagliavini Theatre
On the ground floor on the western side of the Gonzaga Castle in Novellara, in the second half of the 16th century, a court theatre was designed and richly decorated by Lelio Orsi on the occasion of the wedding of Alfonso I Gonzaga with Vittoria from Capua.
In the middle of the nineteenth century the idea of building a new theater came forth. The project was entrusted to Antonio Tegani and in 1862 the works of the new building started. The decoration was entrusted to the set designer Cesare Cervi.