Montecchio Emilia

Montecchio Emilia
Comune di Montecchio Emilia

Castle of Montecchio.
Montecchio Emilia

Location of Montecchio Emilia in Italy

Coordinates: 44°41′N 10°26′E / 44.683°N 10.433°E / 44.683; 10.433Coordinates: 44°41′N 10°26′E / 44.683°N 10.433°E / 44.683; 10.433
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province / Metropolitan city Reggio Emilia (RE)
Frazioni Aiola, Braglia, Case Badodi, Case Gambetti, Case Pozzi, Cornocchio, Croce, Spadarotta
  Mayor Paolo Colli
  Total 24.39 km2 (9.42 sq mi)
Elevation 99 m (325 ft)
Population (31 December 2014)
  Total 10,535
  Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Montecchiesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 42027
Dialing code 0522
Website Official website

Montecchio Emilia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Reggio Emilia in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) northwest of Bologna and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) west of Reggio Emilia.

Montecchio Emilia borders the following municipalities: Bibbiano, Montechiarugolo, Reggio Emilia, San Polo d'Enza, Sant'Ilario d'Enza. It is a largely industrial town located at nearly half the distance between Reggio and the other major nearby city, Parma.


In ancient times, it was called Monticulum, meaning "small mount" and referring to the hilly terrain formed by floods of the nearby river Enza. Traces of remains from as earl as the Bronze Age (18th-17th centuries BC) have been found in the communal territory.

In the Middle Ages and early Modern times Montecchio (mentioned for the first time in a 781 diplom) was a fortified places contended between the Papal States, the Visconti of Milan, the Barbiano, the Sforza, the Gonzaga, the Farnese and then by Spain, France until, starting from the late Renaissance, it became part of the House of Este-held Duchy of Modena.

In 1859 it became part of the newly formed Italy as Montecchio Emilia.

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