Cerea

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Cerea
Comune
Città di Cerea
Cerea is located in Italy
Cerea
Cerea
Location of Cerea in Italy
Coordinates: 45°12′N 11°13′E / 45.200°N 11.217°E / 45.200; 11.217Coordinates: 45°12′N 11°13′E / 45.200°N 11.217°E / 45.200; 11.217
Country Italy
Region Veneto
Province / Metropolitan city Verona (VR)
Frazioni Asparetto, Aselogna, Cà del Lago, Cherubine, Palesella e Santa Teresa in Valle
Government
 • Mayor Paolo Marconcini
Area
 • Total 70.4 km2 (27.2 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (December 31, 2007)
 • Total 16,018
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cereani or Ceretani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 37053
Dialing code 0442
Patron saint St. Zeno of Verona
Saint day April 12
Website Official website

Cerea is a town and comune in the province of Verona, Veneto, northern Italy.

History[edit]

From 923 AD until 1223 Cerea was a castrum (fortification). On 1223 Cerea it became a "comune" but, a year after, it was plundered because of the war between Mantua and Verona. A period of decadence followed, also because of the frequent epidemics. In the 18th century, under the Venetian rule, Cerea began to grow and the noblemen started building their villas.

Classic furniture in Cerea has a long and rich history. Cerea started manufacturing art furniture during the Twenties in the Asparetto suburb. Here, a "marangon" (artisan), Giuseppe Merlin, was hired by Ing. Bresciani to restore an ancient piece of furniture from the 600 century. He then moved on to reproduce furniture from older ages faithfully. He and other artisans expanded and now Cerea has more than 500 furniture factories, 95% of which are still handcraft shops.

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