LAND OF CASTLES
Welcome to Castelvetro
Castelvetro is located in the heart of Emilia Romagna, between Modena (home to the UNESCO-listed Modena Cathedral, Civic Tower, and Piazza Grande) and Bologna, close to Maranello (the legendary Ferrari’s homeland). In ancient times, it was an Etruscan settlement, and around 150 BC, Roman legions established a military garrison here, a CASTRUM (military camp). Hence the toponym “Castelvetro,” derived from the Latin CASTRUM VETUS (old/ancient camp). The territory of Castelvetro combines the virtues and scenic, cultural, and culinary attractions with a policy of sustainable development focused on the preservation and enhancement of its environment.
Since 1994, due to the strong wine-making tradition of the area, Castelvetro has been recognized as a CITY OF WINE; since 2003, it has been awarded the ORANGE FLAG (the Touring Club Italiano’s quality environmental tourism award), and since 2008, it has achieved EMAS registration.
Piazza Roma, also known as ‘della Dama’ due to its characteristic black and white paving, is considered the true heart of the town. In relatively recent times, to create an open space overlooking the valley below, all the buildings in the northern area were demolished, with the exception of the towers.
The Mark identifies and protects the Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC produced in the hilly areas of the municipalities of Castelvetro di Modena, Marano sul Panaro, Vignola, Maranello, Fiorano Modenese, Prignano sulla Secchia, Savignano sul Panaro, Spilamberto, and Sassuolo.