Sassuolo, (Modena)
Sassuolo is an industrial centre of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The town stands on the right bank of the river Secchia some 17 kilometres (11 mi) southwest of Modena.HistoryThe 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 a possession of the Duchy of Modena until the 19th century.TitleAs 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. The 1947 Constitution of Italy explicitly does not recognize any titles of nobility, however.Main sightsAmong the main sights in the town is the Ducal palace of Sassuolo, designed by architect Bartolomeo Avanzini in 1634. In 1638–56 part of the interiors was frescoed by the French Baroque painter Jean Boulanger. Angelo Michele Colonna, Agostino Mitelli, Baldassare Bianchi and Giovanni Giacomo Monti were invited by Boulanger to work also on the palace decoration. Luca Colombi, Giovanni Lazzoni, Lattanzio Maschio, Guercino, Salvator Rosa, Ludovico Lana also contributed.At the ground level is a large pool surrounded by ruins, called Il fontanazzo.EconomyThe industrial os Sassuolo growth began in the 1950s. Presently, the city is the centre of Italian tile industry and one of the most important in the world. 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,).Famous peoplePierangelo Bertoli (1942–2002), singerAndrea Bertolini (born 1973), racecar driverCaterina Caselli (born 1946), singerFabrizio Giovanardi (born 1966), racecar driverGiuseppe Medici (1907–2000), politicianAndrea Montermini (born 1964), racecar driverDavide Morandi (born 1969), Modena City Ramblers' frontmanFederico Pinelli (born 1989), artistLeo Morandi (1923–2009), inventor, ceramistNek (born 1972), singerGraziano Pattuzzi (born 1955), politicianCamillo Ruini (born 1931), cardinalSportSassuolo is the home town of Serie A -side U.S. Sassuolo Calcio; it also includes the stadium Stadio Enzo Ricci.Volley Sassuolo is the local volleyball team.The Memorial Argo Manfredini tennis tournament is played in the city.Typical productsSassolino - anise liqueurTwin towns Irsina, Italy Morbi, IndiaSourcesExternal linksVisit Sassuolo Tourism InformationsCity homepageSassuolo 2000Sassuolo on-lineExternal links Media related to Sassuolo at Wikimedia Commons