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Sasōl  (Emilian)
Città di Sassuolo
Piazza Garibaldi
Piazza Garibaldi
Coat of arms of Sassuolo
Coat of arms
Sassuolo within the Province of Modena
Sassuolo within the Province of Modena
Location of Sassuolo
Sassuolo is located in Italy
Location of Sassuolo in Italy
Sassuolo is located in Emilia-Romagna
Sassuolo (Emilia-Romagna)
Coordinates: 44°33′N 10°47′E / 44.550°N 10.783°E / 44.550; 10.783Coordinates: 44°33′N 10°47′E / 44.550°N 10.783°E / 44.550; 10.783
ProvinceModena (MO)
FrazioniMontegibbio, Salvarola Terme, San Michele dei Mucchietti
 • MayorGianfrancesco Menani (League)
 • Total38.56 km2 (14.89 sq mi)
121 m (397 ft)
 • Total40,780
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0536
Patron saintSt. George
Saint dayApril 23
WebsiteOfficial website
View of Via Ciro Menotti in the town's centre

Sassuolo (Italian pronunciation: [sasˈswɔːlo]; Modenese: Sasōl [saˈsoːl]) is an Italian town, comune, and industrial centre of the Province of Modena, Emilia-Romagna region. The town stands on the right bank of the river Secchia some 17 kilometres (11 mi) southwest of Modena. As of 2015, its population was 40,884.[3]


The territory was inhabited in ancient times by the pile-dwelling terramare civilization, then by an Eastern Ligurian tribe called Friniates during the Iron Age. The Celt Boii settled this land beginning from 400 BC, overlapping with the Friniates. The Boii represent the most powerful and numerous Celtic tribe of Northern Italy, or Cisalpine Gaul. They fiercely opposed to the Roman conquest of Cisalpine Gaul.

The first historical mention of the town dates to 980. In 1078, the consuls of Sassuolo swore loyalty to the commune of Modena. In 1373, the city passed to the Este family at the request of the citizens themselves, who obtained the right to extract water from the river Secchia.

The town was also the capital of the homonymous signoria (which also included the town of Soliera), led by the house of Pio and existing from 1499 to 1599, when it was directly annexed to the Duchy of Modena and Reggio of which it remained a possession until the Italian Unification.[4]


As a titular Duke of Modena, the current holder of the title of "Lord of Sassuolo" would theoretically be Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, however, the 1947 Constitution of Italy explicitly does not recognize any titles of nobility.


Located in the central-western area of its province, at the border with Reggio Emilia, Sassuolo borders with the municipalities of Casalgrande (RE), Castellarano (RE), Fiorano Modenese, Formigine, Prignano sulla Secchia and Serramazzoni.[5] It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Montegibbio, Salvarola Terme and San Michele dei Mucchietti.

Main sights[edit]

the Ducal palace of Sassuolo


The industrial growth of Sassuolo began in the 1950s. Eighty percent of all Italian ceramic tiles are produced here, with more than 300 ceramic factories operating in the Sassuolo district (as Marazzi Group, Refin and Marca Corona,). The city is currently the centre of Italian tile industry and one of the most important tile producers in the world.



Sassuolo is the home town of Serie A side U.S. Sassuolo Calcio; it also includes the stadium Stadio Enzo Ricci. However, the team no longer play games in the city, having moved first to Stadio Alberto Braglia in Modena which was Sassuolo's temporary home while playing in Serie B from 2008 and subsequently to Reggio Emilia at the renovated Stadio Città del Tricolore (formerly Stadio Giglio) in a venue-sharing agreement with Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Reggiana.[7] Upon their promotion to Serie A in 2013 U.S. Sassuolo Calcio; joined a select group of teams not belonging to a provincial capital city: Empoli, Legnano, Pro Patria, Carpi and Casale.[8]

Volley Sassuolo is the local volleyball team.[9]

The Memorial Argo Manfredini tennis tournament is played in the city.

Typical products[edit]

Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b (in Italian) Source: Istat 2015
  4. ^ "(in Italian) Dalle origini alla fine della Signoria Pio". Archived from the original on March 3, 2008.
  5. ^ 43229 (x a j h) Sassuolo on OpenStreetMap
  6. ^ "(in Italian) IL CASTELLO DI MONTEGIBBIO -". Archived from the original on January 9, 2017.
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  8. ^ "Non solo Sassuolo, quando la "provincia" arriva in Serie A". Sky Italia. May 10, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  9. ^ (in Italian) Volley Sassuolo official website
  10. ^ "(in Italian) "Sassuolo è ufficialmente gemellata con il Comune di Lucoli" 28th September, 2011".

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