For the Renaissance scholar, see Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.
Comune di Mirandola

Coat of arms

Location of Mirandola in Italy

Coordinates: 44°53′12″N 11°4′0″E / 44.88667°N 11.06667°E / 44.88667; 11.06667Coordinates: 44°53′12″N 11°4′0″E / 44.88667°N 11.06667°E / 44.88667; 11.06667
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province / Metropolitan city Modena
Frazioni Cividale, Gavello, Mortizzuolo, Quarantoli, San Giacomo Roncole, San Martin Carano, San Martino Spino, Tramuschio
  Mayor Maino Benatti
  Total 137.1 km2 (52.9 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
  Total 22,068
  Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Mirandolesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 41037
Dialing code 0535
Patron saint Saint Possidonio
Saint day 16 May
Website Official website

Mirandola (local dialect: La Miràndla) is a city and comune of Emilia-Romagna, Italy, in the Province of Modena, 31 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of the provincial capital by railway.


Mirandola originated as a Renaissance city-fortress. For four centuries it was the seat of an independent principality (first a county, then a duchy), a possession of the Pico family, whose most outstanding member was the polymath Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (146394). It was besieged two times: in 1510 and 1551.

It was acquired by the Duchy of Modena in 1710. The city started to decay after the castle was destroyed in 1714.

On 29 May 2012, a powerful earthquake hit the Mirandola area. It killed at least 17 people and collapsed churches and factories. Also 200 were injured. The 5.8 magnitude quake left 14,000 people homeless.[2]

Main sights

Twin cities


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