San Felice sul Panaro

San Felice sul Panaro
Comune di San Felice sul Panaro
San Felice sul Panaro

Location of San Felice sul Panaro in Italy

Coordinates: 44°50′N 11°8′E / 44.833°N 11.133°E / 44.833; 11.133Coordinates: 44°50′N 11°8′E / 44.833°N 11.133°E / 44.833; 11.133
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province / Metropolitan city Province of Modena (MO)
Frazioni Dogaro, Pavignane, Rivara, San Biagio in Padule
  Total 51.5 km2 (19.9 sq mi)
Population (Dec. 2004)
  Total 10,453
  Density 200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Sanfeliciani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 41038
Dialing code 0535
Website Official website

San Felice sul Panaro is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Modena in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Bologna and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Modena.


San Felice sul Panaro since Roman times has been an important center of the central Po valley in northern Italy. The main activity was farming until the development of agriculture related industries during the 20th century.

As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 10,453 and an area of 51.5 square kilometres (19.9 sq mi).[1]

The municipality of San Felice sul Panaro contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Dogaro, Pavignane, Rivara, and San Biagio in Padule.

San Felice sul Panaro borders the following municipalities: Camposanto, Finale Emilia, Medolla, Mirandola.

In the last ten years San Felice has achieved importance even because of the Magic Carnival, one of the main in northern Italy, done in march with a "photo festival".[2]

2012 earthquakes

The region was struck by a two earthquakes in May 2012. The first earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.0, occurred on May 20, 2012. Although no residents of San Felice sul Panaro were reported to have died, the town's Rocca Estense castle was severely damaged by the quake.[3]

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the region On May 29, 2012, killing at least 17 people and collapsing churches and factories. About 200 people were injured 14,000 people were left homeless.[4] At least three of the deaths occurred in San Felice sul Panaro when the roof of a machine shop collapsed on workers.[5]

Demographic evolution


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. Magico Carnevale
  3. "Italy quake victims wake in cars, tents, schools". San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  4. Barry, Colleen (May 30, 2012). "17 dead and 200 injured in latest killer quake in northern Italy". Dailystar.
  5. Arsie, Alberto (May 30, 2012). "Workers among 16 dead in latest big Italian quake". Associated Press. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
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