Official website: www.comune.formigine.mo.it

The symbol of Formigine is its castle: it will be 800 years old in 2001, and, through its current restoration works, it is preparing to keep up with the development of the town in the third millennium, as it will be the seat of the Municipal Administration and a cultural venue as well. It will host museum rooms, shows and exhibitions, initiatives for the promotion of typical products: wine, dressed pork products, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese. Its local economy, which is closely linked to agriculture, has also reached a leading position in the world, for instance in mechanical handicraft, especially related to the ceramic industry. The historical town centre, that still preserves some ancient districts and is studded with beautiful, high-class villas, is situated around the castle. Once the restoration works are over, Villa Resistenza, which is open to the public, will become the prestigious seat of a youth centre and a library. It is surrounded by a huge park, with rare trees, such as two Gingko-Bilobas immortalised by Ghirri's camera. The fourth largest municipal town in the Modena region, Formigine is above all a place where "living is easy".

Surrounded by greenery, but just a few miles from the city, it is rich in history (archaeological sites of Terramare), social and cultural life (with a large number of public initiatives and a thick network of associations and volunteering), sports and leisure facilities (such as Modena Golf & Country Club) and traditional events (the Carnival in September). Formigine shies away from the passing tourists, but fascinates those who stop, even by chance, as happened to a tribe of gypsies a few centuries ago, who camped there and never left.


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