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Historical interest: Modena
The territory of Modena, inhabited in ancient times by the Etruscans and Celtic
Boi tribes on the plains, and by Ligurian peoples in the Apennines, was conquered
by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. The Romans built the Via Emilia and founded
a colony, Mutina, where an ancient village had once stood.
Devastated first by the Hungarian invasions of the 8th century and later by
natural calamities, the lowland territory did not have improved living conditions
until about 1000, when the Benedictine monks drained the marshes, reclaiming
land for agriculture and enabling the fortification of villages and towns.
The Este family, Lords of Ferrara, succeeded in gaining control of Modenese
territory in several stages. First they conquered Modena in 1336, and then the
princedoms of Carpi in 1511, of Sassuolo in 1599 and of Mirandola in 1707. In
the 1600s, when Papal troops occupied Ferrara, Modena became the new capital
of the Estense State.
During the French occupation (1796), the territory of Modena became part of
the Cispadane Republic, and subsequently of the Cisalpine Republic, until 1805,
when it was incorporated into Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy.
In 1928, the territory of Castelfranco Emilia was once again incorporated into
the province of Modena. With the establishment of the Republic of Italy (1945)
and the passing of the constitution, subsequent laws and provisions were issued
which determined the province's current territorial and institutional makeup.
Modena has become one of the richest and most advanced cities in Europe. It
is well known thanks to its economic activities, and has a great number of artistic
and cultural treasures, including: the Cathedral, the Ducal Palace, the Palace
of Museums and the Este Gallery.
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