Città di Guastalla

Coat of arms

Location of Guastalla in Italy

Coordinates: 44°55′N 10°40′E / 44.917°N 10.667°E / 44.917; 10.667
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province / Metropolitan city Reggio Emilia (RE)
Frazioni Pieve, San Giacomo, San Giorgio, San Girolamo, San Martino, San Rocco, Tagliata
  Mayor Giorgio Benaglia
  Total 52.5 km2 (20.3 sq mi)
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)[1]
  Total 15,225
  Density 290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Guastallesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 42016
Dialing code 0522
Patron saint St. Francis
Saint day October 4
Website Official website

Guastalla (Emilian: Guastâla) is a town and comune in the province of Reggio Emilia in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.


Guastalla is situated in the Po Valley, and lies on the banks of the Po River. Guastalla is located at around 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the cities of Reggio Emilia, Parma, and Mantua.


The area of Guastalla was probably settled by Etruscans as early as the 7th century BCE, but the name of the city is mentioned for the first time in 864 CE. Of Lombard origin, the city was ruled by the Torelli family from 1406 to 1539, when it became the capital of a duchy under the Gonzaga family and housed artists like Guercino and Torquato Tasso.

In 1748, by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, the city became part of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza e Guastalla, to which it belonged until 1847, when it was inherited by the Duke of Modena. Since the unification of Italy in 1861 Guastalla has been a part of Italy.


Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla (Smeg), a manufacturer of world famous designer domestic appliances, was founded and still has its headquarters in Guastalla. Vittorio Bertazzoni founded the company in the village in 1948 and the company still remains in the private ownership of the Bertazzoni family. Smeg is best known for its FAB range of 1950s-style, retro refrigerators with curved corners in a variety of non-traditional colours and patterns. The company, which began as a metal enamelling factory, also manufactures dishwashers, washing machines and other appliances.

Main sights

Guastalla town:

Around Guastalla:

Twin Towns


See also


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