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Some small urban centres offer many great things to see. Pieve di Cento is a small town which has this very quality.

Cartina dei monumentiSituated in the middle of an area made up of the cities of Bologna, Ferrara and Modena, Pieve di Cento may be considered a sort of synthesis of ancient settlements.

Its historic centre is marked off by four gates which were built on the fours points of the compass during the second half of the 14th Century. The four gates dating back to the second half of the 14th  century provide the access to the main streets. Porta Cento was restored in the 18th century, Porta Bologna has recently been renovated.

Porta AsìaPorta Asìa, the gate on the eastside of the town houses a small but interesting museum on the cultivation of hemp. Porta Ferrara, with its swallow-tailed merlons opens up upon the countryside towards the north and the ancient Panfilia wood, a natural reserve that is presently in a state of conservation. The building next to Porta Ferrara is the headquarters for the School and Documentation Centre for Lute Making (its lovely Musuem, which can be visited upon advance request, is located in the former Convent of the Poor Claires, now used by universities and numerous cultural associations. It is, however, the town's porticoes along the streets in the town centre which may be considered, more than any other monuments, as the town's most characteristic feature, and are reminiscent of those of the nearby city of Bologna. Some of these porticoes are made of wooden beams and are part buildings that have remained standing for over 700 years. A good example can be seen at Casa degli Anziani del 1272 and Casa Vedrani sec. XIII.

RoccaOne can also get a good sense of a medieval atmosphere at the Rocca Fortress  (which houses the Municipal Museum), which was built around the year 1380, as well as the ancient Borgo degli Ebrei (Jewish Quarter/Ghetto). There are many churches SS Rocco e Sebastiano,Padri Scolopi, the most of which were built in the 1600's that are gracefully located in various points around the city, one of which can surely be considered a jewel: the little church of the Confraternity of theSS. TrinitaMost Holy Trinity  (its frescoes are extremely beautiful). 

The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major)  offers many interesting things to see: its Gothic aspe, its 14th Century belfry, its ancient wooden crucifix, its altar panels painted by Guercino and by Guido Reni, and its other paintings by Pasarotti, Scarselli and others. There is a small but inspiring museum located in its transept containing votive offerings and church ornaments. 

Pieve has a great deal of public and private buildings Palazzo Partecipanza, Balluardo, Palazzo Govoni that can be seen on the main streets in the city center. The most important of which, of course, is the City Hall, to whose inside is placed the beautiful theatre “to the Italian” of 1856, which was built in the 1400's yet which has been recently renovated, housing a 19t Century theater whose restoration is soon to be completed so that it may be used again. Guercino

The town's ancient Notary Archives are also housed in this building. The Municipal Picture Gallery is located directly in front of the City Hall and contains paintings by Loves, Scarsellino, and by other followers of Guercino School. The Gallery also houses the Old Library of the Piarist Fathers. 

Just outside the town center there is the interesting MAGI Museum of Modern Art, which is dedicated to Italian artists of the 20th Century. The Museum was built inside a renovated grain silo dating back to the 1930's.Other interesting sites may be seen if one takes a walk through the historic center, especially Piazza delle Catene, which has a column which most probably dates back to Roman times standing in its center.

Archivio storico-notarileToday Pieve di Cento (population 7,000) is a small town that has developed around the services, small and medium-sized industry (mechanical and electronics) sectors and they are the driving forces of its economy It has parks, gardens  The “giardino degli Anziani”  makes it worth a visit: it houses one hundred life-size terracotta statues sculptured by a contemporaey artist named Nicola Zamboni. a swimming pool, sports centers, a rugby field (home of the OVA Bologna Rugby Team, which plays in Italy's B league).

magiImportant events that should not be missed are the "Festa dei Giovani" and its "connected" Industrial and Crafts Fair (held the 1st Sunday in September, and the three days before), as well as Carnival with its parade of floats. Pieve's mini-marathon goes around the town's four gates and is held in March. Its Antique Markets (held every fourth Sunday of the month and on Thursdays in July and August), exhibitions, theater productions and all kinds of events are held all throughout the year.

There are a wide range of restaurants and trattorias to choose from (there is even one located inside the Bargellini Musuem.




Churches and museums are generally open to the public on weekends, but in some cases it is necessary to arrange a visit beforehand with the

Public Relations Office of City Hall of Pieve di Cento (URP)


8am - 6pm Monday-Thursday-Friday

8am - 2pm Tuesday-Wndsday

8am - 1 pm Saturday

tel. 051 686 26 11 - fax 051 97 43 08


This office also provides further information and brochures