|Città di Carpi|
The Cathedral of Carpi ("Duomo")
|• Mayor||Alberto Bellelli|
|• Total||131.54 km2 (50.79 sq mi)|
|Elevation||28 m (92 ft)|
|Population (30 november 2014)|
|• Density||540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||San Bernardino da Siena|
|Saint day||May 20|
It is a busy centre for industrial and craft activities and for cultural and commercial exchanges.
The name "Carpi" is derived from carpinus betulus, a hornbeam tree particularly widespread in medieval times in the Po valley region. In Prehistoric times it was a settlement of the Villanovan Culture.
The foundation by the Lombard king Aistulf of St. Mary's church in the castle (Castrum Carpi) in 752 was the first step in the current settlement of the city. From 1319 to 1525 it was ruled by the Pio family, after whom it was acquired by the Este, as part of the Duchy of Modena.
The area suffered particularly badly in the earthquake of May 2012.
As a titular Duke of Modena, the current holder of the title of "Prince of Carpi" would be Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este.
Other notable landmarks include:
- Town hall (Palazzo dei Pio)- formerly the castle of the Pio family. It includes parts from different ages, such as the merloned-tower of Passerino Bonaccolsi, the Renaissance façade and the tower of Galasso Pio, and the 17th century watch tower. It includes a chapel frescoed by Bernardino Loschi and Vincenzo Catena.
- Carpi Cathedral - Originally designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi, drawings for it are located in the Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe in the Uffizi, Florence, and document Peruzzi's contact with Leonardo da Vinci. Construction begun 1514, Baroque façade added in 1701) and cupola completed 1774).
- Church of Santa Maria in Castello or La Sagra - façade (1514) designed by Peruzzi .
- Church of Santa Chiara
- Church of Santissimo Crocifisso
- Church of San Bernardino da Siena
- Church of San Nicolò, Carpi
- Church of Sant'Ignazio- home of the Museum of the Diocese of Carpi
- Church of San Francesco d'Assisi
The biggest football team in Carpi is Carpi FC 1909 who play in the 4,144 capacity Stadio Sandro Cabassi. Carpi FC 1909 played in Serie B during the 2013-14 season, achieving a 12th-place finish ensuring second tier football remained in the town for another season. On April 28th, 2015, the club clinched promotion to Serie A for the first time in its history.
- Giacomo Mantovani (born 1983) – filmmaker
- Ermes Effron Borgnino, known as Ernest Borgnine (1917 - 2012), U.S. actor, was the son of Anna Boselli (1894–1949) who was born in Carpi
- Liliana Cavani (born 1933), film director and screenwriter