Savignano sul Panaro - MO
The town of Savignano sul Panaro is situated between the hills and the high plains, on the right-hand side of the river Panaro. Today there are over 9,000 inhabitants. Of great historical and architectural interest is the old medieval town of Savignano Alto and of considerable importance are the artefacts found on the territory: most notably the skeleton of the Pliocene Elephant, the statue of “Venus” dating from the Upper Palaeolithic and a terracotta vase, probably a crater or an ancient amphora that has black figures on a red background inscribed on it, maybe from the V century BC. There are three major sculptures by Giuseppe Graziosi: Mourning in the Parish Church, a World War 1 memorial monument and a bronze statue of Christ placed on the family tomb. Savignano was already renowned in 1500 for the quality of its wines, as testified by Tommaso de Lancellotti in his Chronicle. Today Savignano can account for genuine wines and is renowned for the quality of its fruit and vegetable production. The municipal territory is very extensive and consists of 5 nearby villages: Doccia, Formica, Magazzeno, Garofano and Mulino. Particularly picturesque are the rolling hills that surround the town.
The Union “Terre di Castelli” (Union of the Lands of Castles) consists in the municipalities of Castelnuovo Rangone Castelvetro di Modena, Guiglia, Marano sul Panaro, Savignano sul Panaro, Spilamberto, Vignola and Zocca. From a tourist point of view, the Union offers a territory rich in local products: Modena’s traditional balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Nocino (walnut liqueur), salami and cured meats, Lambrusco wine, chestnuts, to name but a few. Not to be missed are the visits to the castles, churches and villages that mark the territory and tell an ancient and fascinating history. There are beautiful nature trails and bike paths along the river banks immersed in the countryside and a visit to the Parco Regionale dei Sassi of Roccamalatina must not be missed. The Union of the Lands of Castles has a population of about 82 thousand inhabitants and a territory covering a total area of 312,15 km ². This makes the Union one of the largest aggregations of municipalities in Italy. The social background of the area is made up of numerous people who, as members of associations, give up their free time to help local authorities in organising cultural, recreational and sports events, through which tourists are told stories of a land rich in local dishes and traditions. See you there!
The events proposed by the municipality of Savignano begin with the traditional New Year Concert. In spring, in the attractive medieval town, the food and wine event “Vino e dintorni” offers the opportunity to taste some local specialties and to participate in the Magnalonga, a food and drink walk that takes you through the beautiful hills of Savignano. Savignano also participates in the “Modena Medina” exhibition, which encompasses many events in the province of Modena dedicated to the discovery of new cultures. The event that most draws the attention to Savignano and the medieval village is the “Lotta per la Spada dei Contrari”, a re-enactment that is held every 3rd weekend in September. In December, the year ends with Christmas open-air markets. Of great importance is the programme offered at Savignano’s “la Venere” Theatre, the “comic” season has for years established itself as one of the most popular in the area. Worth mentioning the culinary tradition of Savignano that originates from its position on the boundary between Modena and Bologna on the one side and the mountain and the plains on the other. The typical mountain products such as the crescentine and the borlenghi coexist with the local products of Modena, like balsamic vinegar and nocino (walnut liqueur), and those of Bologna that are fresh pastries with filling. Most of the area is characterized by a strong agricultural vocation based on orchards and vineyards comprising 11 quality DOC-certified wines (denomination of controlled origin).
Of great historical and architectural interest is the old medieval town of Savignano Alto and of considerable importance are the archaeological findings coming from the territory, most notably the skeleton of a Pliocene Elephant and the statue of “Venus”, dating from the Upper Palaeolithic era (1,850,000 years ago). The elephant was found in the autumn of 1980 near Bocchirolo, northeast of Savignano (Modena) and is now preserved in the elephant Museum in the Civic Centre of Savignano sul Panaro. The Venus is a small sculpture 22,5 cm high dating to 25,000 years ago carved in a hard yellow/green serpentine-coloured stone. It was found in the area of Prà Martin in the nearby village of Mulino di Savignano sul Panaro in 1925, at a depth of about 1,50 m whilst work was being carried out of a stable. It is now on exhibition in the Pigorini Museum of Rome. The Compianto sul Cristo morto, created in 1924 by the sculptor of Savignano Giuseppe Graziosi, is exhibited in the beautiful Parish Church of Savignano sul Panaro and by the same artist the Cristo Redentore, a bronze sculpture before1920, is placed on the family grave in the Cemetery of Savignano sul Panaro.