Montecchio Emilia

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Montecchio Emilia
Comune di Montecchio Emilia
Castle of Montecchio.
Castle of Montecchio.
Location of Montecchio Emilia
Montecchio Emilia is located in Italy
Montecchio Emilia
Montecchio Emilia
Location of Montecchio Emilia in Italy
Montecchio Emilia is located in Emilia-Romagna
Montecchio Emilia
Montecchio Emilia
Montecchio Emilia (Emilia-Romagna)
Coordinates: 44°41′N 10°26′E / 44.683°N 10.433°E / 44.683; 10.433Coordinates: 44°41′N 10°26′E / 44.683°N 10.433°E / 44.683; 10.433
CountryItaly
RegionEmilia-Romagna
ProvinceReggio Emilia (RE)
FrazioniAiola, Braglia, Case Badodi, Case Gambetti, Case Pozzi, Cornocchio, Croce, Spadarotta
Government
 • MayorPaolo Colli
Area
 • Total24.39 km2 (9.42 sq mi)
Elevation
99 m (325 ft)
Population
(31 December 2016)
 • Total10,622
 • Density440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Montecchiesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
42027
Dialing code0522
WebsiteOfficial website

Montecchio Emilia (Reggiano: Montè-c or Muntè-c) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Reggio Emilia in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) northwest of Bologna and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) west of Reggio Emilia.

Montecchio Emilia borders the following municipalities: Bibbiano, Montechiarugolo, Cavriago, San Polo d'Enza, Sant'Ilario d'Enza. It is a largely industrial town located at nearly half the distance between Reggio and the other major nearby city, Parma.

History[edit]

In ancient times, it was called Monticulum, meaning "small mount" and referring to the hilly terrain formed by floods of the nearby river Enza. Traces of remains from as early as the Bronze Age (18th-17th centuries BC) have been found in the communal territory.

In the Middle Ages and early Modern times Montecchio (mentioned for the first time in a 781 diplom) was a fortified places contended between the Papal States, the Visconti of Milan, the Barbiano, the Sforza, the Gonzaga, the Farnese and then by Spain, France until, starting from the late Renaissance, it became part of the House of Este-held Duchy of Modena.

In 1859 it became part of the newly formed Italy as Montecchio Emilia.

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