Sassuolo

Sassuolo

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Sassuolo

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Sassuolo is an important industrial centre of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The town stands on the right bank of the river Secchia some 17 km south-west of Modena.

History

The first historical mention of the town dates to 980. In 1078 the consuls of Sassuolo swore loyalty to the commune of Modena. In 1373 the city passed to the Este family at the request of the citizens themselves, who obtained the right to extract water from the river Secchia.

The town was a possession of the Duchy of Modena until the 19th century.

Main sights

Among the main sights in the town is the Ducal palace of Sassuolo, designed by architect Bartolomeo Avanzini in 1634. In 1638-1656 part of the interiors was frescoed by the French Baroque painter Jean Boulanger. Angelo Colonna, Agostino Mitelli, Baldassarre Bianchi and Gian Giacomo Monti were invited by Boulanger to work also on the palace decoration. Luca Colombi, Giovanni Lazzoni, Lattanzio Maschio, Guercino, Salvator Rosa, Ludovico Lana also contributed.

At the ground level is a large pool surrounded by ruins, called Il fontanazzo.

Economy

The industrial os Sassuolo growth began in the 1950s. Presently, the city is the centre of Italian tile industry and one of the most important in the world. 80% of all Italian ceramic tiles are produced here, with more than 300 ceramic factories operates in the Sassuolo district.

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