Carpi, Emilia-Romagna

Not to be confused with Capri, an Italian island off the west coast of Italy.
Città di Carpi

Coat of arms

Carpi within the Province of Modena

Location of Carpi in Italy

Coordinates: 44°47′N 10°53′E / 44.783°N 10.883°E / 44.783; 10.883Coordinates: 44°47′N 10°53′E / 44.783°N 10.883°E / 44.783; 10.883
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province / Metropolitan city Modena (MO)
Frazioni Budrione, Cantone di Gargallo, Cibeno Pile, Cortile, Fossoli, Gargallo, Lama di Quartirolo, Migliarina, Osteriola, San Marino, San Martino Secchia, Santa Croce[1]
  Mayor Alberto Bellelli
  Total 131.54 km2 (50.79 sq mi)
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (31 August 2015)[2]
  Total 70,644
  Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Carpigiani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 41012
Dialing code 059
Patron saint San Bernardino da Siena
Saint day May 20
Website Official website
The town hall "Palazzo dei Pio"

Carpi [ˈkarpi] (Emilian: Chèrp) is an Italian town and comune of about 70,000 people in the province of Modena, Emilia-Romagna.[2] It is a busy centre for industrial and craft activities and for cultural and commercial exchanges.


The name "Carpi" is derived from carpinus betulus, a hornbeam tree particularly widespread in medieval times in the Po valley region. In Prehistoric times it was a settlement of the Villanovan Culture.

The foundation by the Lombard king Aistulf of St. Mary's church in the castle (Castrum Carpi) in 752 was the first step in the current settlement of the city. From 1319 to 1525 it was ruled by the Pio family, after whom it was acquired by the Este, as part of the Duchy of Modena.

The city received a Silver Medal for Military Valour in recognition of its participation in the resistance against the German occupation during World War II.

Carpi is the finishing point of the annual Italian Marathon, which begins in nearby Maranello. Almost 1000 athletes enter the senior men's and women's race which has been held every year since 1988 in honor of Dorando Pietri a long distance runner born in Carpi that lost his Olimpic Gold Medal for being help to stand up after a fall on the proximity of the arrival line The area was crippled in the earthquakes of May 2012.


As a titular Duke of Modena, the current holder of the title of "Prince of Carpi" would be Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este.


Located in the northern area of its province, at the borders with the one Reggio Emilia, Carpi borders with the municipalities of Campogalliano, Cavezzo, Correggio (RE), Fabbrico (RE), Modena, Novi di Modena, Rio Saliceto (RE), Rolo (RE), San Prospero and Soliera.[3]

It counts the hamlets (frazioni) of Budrione, Cantone di Gargallo, Cibeno Pile, Cortile, Fossoli, Gargallo, Lama di Quartirolo, Migliarina, Osteriola, San Marino, San Martino Secchia and Santa Croce.[1]


Main sights

Carpi is distinguished by its great Renaissance square (piazza), called Piazza Martiri the largest in the region.[4] It is flanked by a portico with 52 columns.

Other notable landmarks include:


The biggest football team in Carpi is Carpi FC 1909 who play in the 4,144 capacity Stadio Sandro Cabassi. Carpi FC 1909 played in Serie B during the 2013-14 season, achieving a 12th-place finish ensuring second tier football remained in the town for another season. On April 28, 2015, the club clinched promotion to Serie A for the first time in its history. On 2016 the born in Carpi world champion swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri won Gold Medal on 500 free style at Brazil Olympics.

Notable people

See also


Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Carpi (town).
  1. 1 2 (Italian) Municipal statute of Carpi
  2. 1 2 (Italian) All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. 43534 Carpi on OpenStreetMap
  4. Image Archived September 6, 2005, at the Wayback Machine..
  5. Parsons, "Between Typology and Geometry, Designs by Baldassarre Peruzzi for Carpi Cathedral," Romisches Jahrbuch der Biblioteca Hertziana (Hirmer Verlag, Munich, 2005), band 35, pp. 287-326.
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