Castles of the Panaro

Castle of Montequestiolo (Zocca)

Castle of Montequestiolo (Zocca)

Some remains dating from the Bronze Age (13th century b.C.) have been found in Montequestiolo. Now they are in the Archaeological Civic Museum of Modena. This castle was contended between the Modenese and Bolognese people. It belonged to numerous families, among which the Montecuccoli and Rangoni. There is still a Fourteenth century tower, some parts of the fortress and of the ancient walls. It has recently been renovated and is inside a public park.

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Castle of Rosola (Zocca)

Castle of Rosola (Zocca)

The date of construction of this castle is unknown. It was involved in the struggles between Modena and Bologna: it belonged to the Montecuccoli family and, from 1454 until recent years, to the Rangoni family. At the centre of the village there is an ancient shortened tower dating from the Thirteenth century. It was part of the medieval castle and, in order to access it, people had to pass through a tall sandstone entrance door placed more or less on the first level. In the village there is a Parish Church dedicated to Saint Leonardo. It was reconstructed at the end of Nineteenth century and has a Sixteenth century baptismal font.

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House of the Semelano's Duke (Montese)

House of the Semelano's Duke (Montese)

It was built during the Thirteenth century and was probably part of the Ponte castle’s defensive structures. It is located in a dominating position and has been abandoned for decades. Some disputable renovation works have recently been made. The original building was one of the oldest in the area. There are still some remaining parts: external walls and a round-arched entrance door. The entrance door, some windows and brick decorations have recently been renovated

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La Casazza di Montalto (Montese)

La Casazza di Montalto (Montese)

It is immersed in the greenery of the Montalto hills and was built at the beginning of Seventeenth century. It is constructed of some buildings which form a closed courtyard, in the centre there is a strong dovecote tower with elegant brick decorations. To enter the courtyard you have to pass through a round-arched entrance door.

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