Via del castello, 12
41042 Spezzano di Fiorano Modenese (MO)
The castle most likely dates back to the 11th century. It initially had quite simple wooden defences, which were replaced with brick walls in the 13th century. The castle walls were fortified with towers, and the castle itself features a chapel dedicated to Saint Agatha. The castle maintained this structure until the 15th century, and was used mostly for defensive purposes and for sheltering the local population. The fortress still has its original drawbridge, 16th century courtyard and, in the main hall, a cycle of frescoes painted between the 16th and 17th centuries, depicting 56 views of the Pio family’s fiefdom.
The castle houses the Museum of Ceramic Pottery: it is a prevalently technological museum that aims to document the local propensity for moulding clay ever since ancient times.