Castel Maggiore

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Castel Maggiore
Comune di Castel Maggiore
Town hall.
Town hall.
Castel Maggiore is located in Italy
Castel Maggiore
Castel Maggiore
Location of Castel Maggiore in Italy
Coordinates: 44°34′N 11°22′E / 44.567°N 11.367°E / 44.567; 11.367Coordinates: 44°34′N 11°22′E / 44.567°N 11.367°E / 44.567; 11.367
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Metropolitan city Bologna (BO)
Frazioni Boschetto, Primo Maggio, Trebbo, Sabbiuno
 • Mayor Belinda Gottardi
 • Total 30.9 km2 (11.9 sq mi)
Elevation 29 m (95 ft)
Population (31 December 2017)
 • Total 18,349
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castelmaggioresi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 40013
Dialing code 051
Patron saint St. Andrew
Saint day October 30
Website Official website

Castel Maggiore (Bolognese: Castèl Mazåur) is an Italian comune in the Metropolitan City of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, central Italy, located 9 kilometres (6 mi) north of the centre of Bologna. Literally, its name means Great Castle, but the name is derived from the earlier name Castaniolo Maggiore.


The first documents conveying the existence of the Comune, in ancient times called Castaniolo (meaning "Little chestnut") date back to the 10th century. The legend narrates that the name comes from a big chestnut trunk that should have floated into the territory of the comune through the Canale Navile (a navigable drain canal).

Afterwards Castaniolo was marked by the nickname of Maggiore (Major) in order to distinguish it from a homonymous hamlet (now Castaniolo Minore) of the comune of Bentivoglio.

The name was changed into the one it still carries nowadays during Napoleon's era, in 1818, in which jurisdiction on today's hamlets has been recognised.

The town underwent heavy bomb attacks during World War II because of the passage of the railroad linking Bologna and Padua.

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Castel Maggiore is twinned with: