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Rubiera is a small town located at the intersection of Via Emilia with the Secchia River. It is an important industrial town and corresponds to the ancient "Corte de Herberia” dating back approximately to the XI century.

Why visit it

In the town centre, whose main street is flanked by porticoes, is the Renaissance Palazzo Sacrati - formerly belonging to the Boiardo family -, in typical Ferrara-style, now the seat of the Town Hall. Also well worth a visit: the former Monastery of Minor Convent Friars, dating back to the XVI century, now Palazzo Rainusso; the Clock Tower and the Bell Tower (XVI century); the Annunziata Church, an oratory dating back to the XVIII century; the parish Church of the Saints Donnino and Biagio, a religious building dating back to the XVIII century renovated at the beginning of the XX century, and the Herberia Theatre, a typical late Art Nouveau construction. 

Don't miss

The monumental complex of the Corte Ospitale (XV century) was built for the refreshment of travellers and pilgrims near the ford of the Secchia River. Located at the crossroads between the road and the river, the hospice saw the continuous passage of pilgrims and travellers on the via Emilia, but it was also an important route which, running parallel to the water course, led to Sassuolo and Frassinoro and also passed, through the Apennines, to Lucca and Rome.

The Corte Ospitale is also an important theatre production centre, which organizes workshops and performances. 

Keeping fit

The Secchia River Park was established in 1996 between Rubiera and the province of Modena, with notable naturalistic qualities. A visit can be made on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, preferably in spring and autumn in order to appreciate the nature  features, and in winter for birdwatching

The Secchia River Floodplain is a nature area from artificial origin characterized by humid areas with an environmental education centre. The Secchia River Floodplain is located between the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena, in the areas of the towns of Rubiera, Campogalliano and Modena and, therefore, in the medium-high area of the Po River Plain. 

Significant appointments

June Festival - second Sunday of June
Traditional festival with funfair, stalls, markets and musical performances.

September Festival - last Sunday of September
Sports, commercial, cultural and exhibition events.

In the surroundings

The Romanesque parish Church of the Saints Faustino and Giovita, one of the oldest Romanesque parish churches of the diocese, is mentioned in a document as far back as 945.

Last update 01/07/2021

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