Bassa Reggiana – territory

Gualtieri

A noble and graceful town center, whose structure dates back to the mid-sixteenth century, when the town became a fiefdom of the Bentivoglio family. Land of plain and strong personalities.

Between balance and beauty

The square, all focused on the architecture of Palazzo Bentivoglio, in counterpoint to the characteristic tower of the Comune, is still today a splendid and complete example of Renaissance elegance.
The building, which rises, incorporating them, over the remains of a previous castle that belonged to the many dynas that have succeeded, is designed by the engineer Giovan Battista Aleotti, called l’Argenta, which redesigns the entire urban development of the town . Among the internal rooms it is certainly worth mentioning the numerous rooms decorated with frescoes in fresco.

Creativity and inspiration

The interior of the majestic building and its rooms decorated with precious paintings host, in addition to temporary events, the donation Umberto Tirelli, a tailor and historian of the costume in the golden age of Italian cinema. The clothes – not costumes! – Tirelli dressed Claudia Cardinale in Gattopardo and Maria Callas in the royalties of Zeffirelli. He worked with Registi from Luchino Visconti to Pasolini, passing through Federico Fellini, Liliana Cavani, Ettore Scola.

There are numerous churches that were built in the seventeenth century and which, with their earthy and pastel colors, soften the streets and squares.

Gualtieri is linked to the personal story of Antonio Ligabue, naive painter whose phantasmagorical inventiveness, along with his borderline personality, marked the very life of the country. Today, to his figure as an artist, is dedicated a Foundation, which collects testimonies of his life, and a house-museum.

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