Lovely town also known as the pottery industry capital.
Located in the foothills of the Apennines Reggiano and a few kilometers from Il Brugnolo, Casalgrande is a lovely town also known as the pottery industry capital. The town, which occupies the east-central area of the province of Reggio Emilia, is formed, as well as from the capital, from fractions of Dinazzano, Salvaterra, San Donnino di Liguria, St. Anthony, Veggia and Villalunga. The same Casalgrande is further divided into two villages: Boglioni and Casalgrande Alto. The first historical information about Casalgrande dates back to the second half of the tenth century A.D., even if the findings in neighboring areas suggest that these lands were inhabited since prehistoric times by Celtic tribes.
Walking through its streets you can see some interesting monuments, among which is of historical significance the old castle, probably already existed in 1200. In 1557 the castle was protagonist of a glorious page in history, when some men managed to hold out for days the assaults of the Spanish yielding only when a fatal accident took their valid means of defense and the castle was then destroyed. What remains of the castle consists of a fifteenth-century rural court equipped with two square towers, as well as the entrance tower, with the remains of the battlements and portal provided with slits for the drawbridge. Not far away, on top of a hill, it stands the Dinazzano Castle, which offers a wonderful view over the plains of Reggio Emilia and Modena. Today the castle is the tower , with battlements and machicolations, and a few of the city wall ruins.
Among other monuments and places of interest worth a visit: the Church "old" Casalgrande, dedicated to St. Bartholomew the Apostle and positioned on a hill overlooking the ancient village; Villa Spalletti, dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, surrounded by a fine park with woods, cabins, ponds, nurseries, stables and a chapel dedicated to the "Mater Pietatis" built in the late nineteenth century; and the Salvaterra Castle, dating from around the year 1000. In recent years Casalgrande have been created and developed several urban parks that have enhanced green urban spaces. Among these are: Amarcord Park in via Rossellini, Park Image via Marx, The Park Reserve in the process of Casalgrande Castle and the Secchia Park in via I dismount Secchia.