At 7 Km: Fiorano modenese
The minor basilica Santuario della Beata Vergine del Castello, an excellent example of baroque, is in the center of town and houses a fresco depicting the Madonna. This fresco was once located in the old castle, destroyed in 1558 by a fire. In 1634, after the terrible plague of 1630, the citizens began the construction of the sanctuary to keep this sacred image of the Virgin Mary who might have interceded for the city.
The castle of Spezzano is not far from Fiorano. Within it you can admire XVI century frescoes, pictorial series, and coffered ceilings. The “Museum of Pottery” is set up in the rooms of the castle and is a testimony to the history of ceramic production from prehistory to the present day. The pentagonal tower houses a set of barrels for the production of balsamic vinegar.
The parish church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Spezzano houses Ciro Menotti’s tomb, the famous patriot of the Risorgimento.
The natural park “Riserva naturale delle Salse di Nirano”, is characterized by a geological phenomenon: mud volcanoes, made up of cold, clayey mud gushing out of the soil together with hydrocarbons. As the mud dries, it takes the shape of a volcanic cone.
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