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The wine originates from the area around the town of Carpi, in the northwestern sector of Modena province, and from the adjacent flatlands in the northeast of the same province.

Carpi, city of Wine

Besides being an important agricultural centre, in the last decades Carpi has also become an important trade, crafts and - above all - texile and clothing industrial centre. The Pio Palace - commonly called Castle - is a vast monumental complex formed by keeps, towers, courtyards ando other buildings, all costructed between the 14th and the 17th century. The Pio Palace now hosts the municipal library, the municipal archive and the Civic Museums.
On the north side of piazza Martiri stands the Duomo, also known Cathedral of the Assunta. In the hamlet of Fossoli there is the Museum to Deportees, founded as a rememberance for all those who gave their life for the freedom of people. From Carpi we arrive to Cavezzo through the former highroad 468. From there we continue our tour in a westbound direction, until we arrive on the Canaletto road and, through it, to Mirandola. In the historic centre stands out the figure of the Municipal Palace,one of the most beautifull buildings of the Renaissance period in Emilia Romagna. The most striking building in the ancient history of Mirandola was the Pico Castle. Unfortunately only a few altered remains are left from this Court.

Mirandola

Mirandola, too, as any other town of the Province of Modena with a castle, has its legend with a gastronomic background. In fact, one of the most typical products of local cuisine was born during one of the assaults to this Castle - the Zampone. The legend has it that in 1511 - the year when the troops of Pope Julius II started besieging the walls of Mirandola. Inside, the subjects of the Pico family, who were almost surrendering because of hunger - since they had already finished all the stocks - driven by the need, had the smart idea of using the skin of the front legs of the pigs to preserve the meat of slaughtered pigs, which otherwise would have rotten in only a few days. Minced and mixed with spi ces, the tasty pork meat allowed the people of Mirandola to sustain the siege and invent the sausage meat that has gained more fame and fortune than all the others.

The Biomedical Valley

In the heart of these flatlands, the so-called "Biomedical Valley" - is an area located where many specialised companies for the production of biomedical instruments have settled. Here the first Italian artificial kidney was born, and some of the most advanced hospital instruments available today on the market have been designed and produced. The biomedical district is a first class sector of the Italian industrial scene. The engine of this system is Mirandola, the town of Giovanni Pico - famous for his portentous memory and impressive culture - but biomedical industries are also intensively present in the surrounding municipalities. More than the 60% of their products are for export.