The most bizarre stories, the hidden and fun aspects of the city’s history.


Maranello’s name

Maranello’s name was mentioned first in a parchment dated 1191. However, there is another legend that tells us the name’s origin. When the Terramare civilisation built its houses on stilts, or the Roman legions drove off the Ligurians, or when the Fogliano parish was founded, Maranello did not bear its..leggi tutto


The birth of the Calcagnini fief

Borso d’Este made Maranello the capital of a fief with its own jurisdiction and entrusted it to Teofilo Calcagnini in 1464. After his death, the fief passed on to his descendants. By 1464, Maranello already had a castle, which was different from the current one and had seen two centuries..leggi tutto


Life in Maranello in the late 15th century

The first feudal statutes with rules, penalties and offences were approved in 1475. This is a precious testimony of everyday Maranello life five centuries ago. Maranello became feudalised with its own jurisdiction in 1464, and after a few years, a set of rules to dictate coexistence, offences and penalties were..leggi tutto


Maranello heretics

The first heresy trial against someone from Maranello was the one against Orsolina Bernardi in 1498: 52 others followed. The most frequent allegations were magic and blasphemy. At the end of the 1400s, the community not only had its statutes and rules, it also faced a scary institution that followed..leggi tutto


The Gian Maria “Maranello” Tagliati heresy trial

A heresy trial was held in Modena in 1567 for the most famous Maranello citizen to be hauled before the Inquisition – the humanist Gian Maria Tagliati, known as “Maranello.” The trial of the humanist Gian Maria Tagliati, known as “Maranello” was held in Modena on 1 March 1567 at..leggi tutto


The history of Via Giardini

In 1766, work began to build Via Giardini and connect Modena to Tuscany: the road will pass through Maranello, boosting trade and development of the city. The history of Maranello is intertwined with that of important roads. In Roman times, the settlement was reached over Via Claudia, but in the..leggi tutto


Eighteen kilometres per hour: the transport revolution in Maranello

In 1893, the tramway was opened that would link Modena to Maranello for 44 years. And the town dreamt of becoming a hub between the plains and the mountains. For Maranello, 24 June 1893 was an important day. For several years, the construction of a line of steam trains that..leggi tutto


This church will be built (or not?): the history of the construction of San Biagio

After a long and fierce debate, in 1899 the new Church of San Biagio was opened: during its construction, many citizens of Maranello participated in the “brick brigade”. In 1894, a year after the tramway began transporting the citizens of Maranello to Modena (nearly an hour away, in return for..leggi tutto


Health issues in Maranello

In 1904, Farmacia Caselli (Caselli Pharmacy) opened, the first pharmacy in Maranello: until then the 3,800 inhabitants only had one pharmaceutical cabinet and four doctors, three of which were veterinarians. Despite the fact that the years around the turn of the century were better than the crisis after the Unification..leggi tutto


Carlo Stradi, the moneylender who became a benefactor

In 1923, Carlo Stradi died: a moneylender in life, he left all his property and possessions to the town of Maranello and also promoted the construction of a care home. It is said that the mothers of Gorzano advised their children to never approach engineer Carlo Stradi. He disliked children,..leggi tutto


Dante Beltrami, the first photographer in Maranello

Dante Beltrami was the town’s first photographer, typographer and organiser of local sports events, but also an important person during the Resistance. One of the businesses that opened in Maranello during the years between the two world wars, in addition to textile companies, was the printing business of Dante Beltrami,..leggi tutto


The textile sector and women at work

In the 1930s new businesses opened in the textile sector, providing good job opportunities for both men and women. In the 1930s in Maranello, people who needed a package delivered could turn to Eminia Grani, called “Il Corriere di San Venanzio” (the courier of San Venanzio). The woman carried goods..leggi tutto


The Maranello coat of arms

In 1931 Maranello was granted the use of a coat of arms, depicted today as a mosaic in front of the Town Hall You can see the centre of Piazza della Libertà: 16,000 pieces of marble and semiprecious stones put together by the artist Mario Montanari to form the coat..leggi tutto

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