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As early as 1693, Ludovic Antonio Muratori praised and chose Soliera as a place to study and work. Soliera's coat of arms portrays a "sun with a human face", wearing a crown. The town probably takes its name from the latin "solarium", that is, the name given to the bare floor where wheat was dried, suggesting that it might originally have been a rural village. The first human settlements date back to the Etruscan and Roman eras. The first organised settlements however, date back to the beginning of the II Century. Some time later, Soliera's position, (to the south of Modena and to the north-west of Carpi), made it attractive to both the Este and Pio families: it was fought over, occupied and then occupied again by both families, until, in 1635, it became a marquisate and was granted to Pietro Campori. The recently restored castle, bearing the same name, that had already been mentioned in documents dated 1153, was enlarged and further fortified during the XIV and XV centuries by the various lords who lived in it. Another essential element of Soliera history is the Church of San Giovanni Battista, already in existence in the XI century. It was founded by the Benedictine monks and its most ancient structure is the bell tower. It contains precious paintings, stucco decorations, scagliola altar-frontals and a XVIII century wooden choir stand. As well as traces of the past, Soliera boasts a thriving and lively present. It has developed very quickly since the since the post-war period: a fair amount of will power and energy have been put into the improvement of people's living conditions. Emphasis has been given to their needs and employment, education, social and civil services, recreational and cultural activities have all been provided. Its economy, mainly rural until the Sixties, has since developed from handicrafts to industry, thus reaching high technological levels in many sectors, such as precision mechanics and the manufacture of wood processing machines.

As far as statistics are concerned, Soliera boasts one artisan, on industry and one trading company for every ten citizens. Particularly important is the production of wine (Lambrusco Sorbara DOC and Salamino di S. Croce DOC), parmesan cheese, fruit, sugar beets, cereals and the breeding of pigs. Soliera is a small town where one can find peace and quiet and even a surprise or two.


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