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Enjoy the numerous cultural attractions in this charming northern town . Discover its vast, Renaissance-era piazza. Learn about the famous Pio family who once ruled over Carpi. Historic churches and fascinating museums are dotted throughout the city’s culture-packed core.
From the 14th through the 16th centuries, Carpi was ruled by the Pios, a powerful noble Italian family. Many monuments from this period still stand in the town’s historic center. Come to the vast Renaissance-era square of Piazza dei Martiri. Despite being damaged by a devastating earthquake in 2012, the square has been mostly rebuilt and renovated. Stroll around the square and survey the surrounding buildings.
Attractive porticoes line the side of the piazza. Look for several landmark buildings, including La Sagra cathedral, the Teatro Communale and the Torre della Sagra at the Pieve of Saint Maria. Venture inside the cathedral to explore the 12th-century interior, which features several frescoes.
Admire the grand Palazzo Dei Pio, a large complex featuring towers and turreted buildings. Step inside to view frescoes and exhibits detailing the history of the city. The palazzo holds the Museo Monumento al Deportato. Haunting exhibits document the plight of the people imprisoned in the nearby Campo di Fossoli while waiting to be deported to Nazi concentration camps. The camp, which is just a 15-minute drive north of Carpi, was used to house Jews and political opponents to Fascism. Wander around the remains of the complex and ponder the horror of humanity’s past.
Continue strolling around the town on foot to find more centuries-old churches, such as the Chiesa di San Bernardino da Siena. One of the most exciting times to visit Carpi is during October, when the Italian Marathon, which finishes in the city, takes place.
To get to Carpi, fly to Bologna and travel about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest to reach Carpi. Consider renting a car for easy access to nearby daytrip destinations such as Modena, Parma and Bologna.
You may not find a massive selection of places to stay in Carpi, so it would be wise to check out the information and deals on Expedia's lodging guide.
This family-friendly Carpi hotel is located in the historical district, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Palazzo dei Pio, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Santa Maria della Pomposa and Ducal Palace. Modena Cathedral and Torre della Ghirlandina are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Palazzo dei Pio and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lini 910 and Modena Fiere. Orto Botanico di Modena is 12.4 mi (20 km) away.
Situated in Carpi, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Palazzo dei Pio and within 12 mi (20 km) of Modena Cathedral and Torre della Ghirlandina. Lini 910 and Orto Botanico di Modena are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palazzo dei Musei, Modena Cathedral, and Torre della Ghirlandina. Musei del Duomo and Modena Town Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Museum of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Modena Cathedral, and Torre della Ghirlandina. Ferrari Factory and PalaPanini are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Campogalliano, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Modena Fiere, Modena Cathedral, and Torre della Ghirlandina. Palazzo dei Pio and Modena Autodrome are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Viano, this farm stay is within 12 mi (20 km) of Salus Hospital, Reggio Emilia Cathedral, and Tricolor Flag Museum. Basilica della Ghiara and Palabigi are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this boutique hotel is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Fiorano Circuit and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Ferrari Museum Maranello. Museo Enzo Ferrari and Modena Autodrome are also within 16 mi (25 km).