Casalmaggiore - Land of history and culture
Casalmaggiore is believed to have been founded in the “Longobarda” period, an early medieval period during which the area was part of the Kingdom of the Lombards. Casalmaggiore later became a very active commercial port, leading to its recognition in 1427as a "separate land", and in 1754 its role as a landmark was sanctioned by Maria Theresa of Austria, and it was bestowed the title of "city". Built around a central square, with its streets and squares overlooked by houses and buildings of understated elegance, Casalmaggiore has the typical characteristics of towns in the Po River valley.
Noteable features of Casalmaggiore are “Torrione Estense” a tower that is testament to the town’s ancient medieval fortifications, “Piazza Garibaldi” a centrally located square that is often used for public events, and the “Duomo”, whose majestic presence reflects the town’s past as a ‘regal city’.
City of art, museums and nature
Casalmaggiore has a rich artistic patrimony, on display in it churches and in The Diotti Museum; this museum is located in the former residence of Giuseppe Diotti, a famous neoclassical painter who was born in Casalmaggiore. In addition, the Museum of Bijou houses a unique collection of jewellery products that were crafted locally between 1887 and 1970, when Casalmaggiore was home to the most important factories in the industry.
The shrine of Our Lady of the Fountain should not be missed; located just outside the town, it was built in Lombard Gothic style, with early 16th C. frescoes and beautiful altars, and it is where the tomb of the artist “Parmigianino” is preserved.
Casalmaggiore also offers visitors a picturesque setting in which to enjoy its history and culture, with the Po River, Italy’s longest river, flowing just a few meters from its historic center.