Piazza Martiri and the Cattedrale dell'Assunta
At over 16,000 square metres, the Piazza Martiri is one of the largest in Italy and has long been the political and social hub of the city. Bordered by the Portico Lungo and the Palazzo dei Pio di Savoia, this square is the ideal setting for enjoying a coffee or an aperitif in the name of art. The Municipal Theatre is also located here, offering numerous performances, often with big names in acting, dance and music.
At the far end of the piazza stands the Cattedrale dell’Assunta.
Commonly called the “Duomo”, it was commissioned by Alberto Pio in 1515 and built by Baldassarre Peruzzi, combining elements of classical styling with Renaissance elements. Not completed until 1606, it has since been subject to works throughout the centuries that have altered its original appearance. In addition, the Duomo houses works and paintings of valuable artistic and historical value. In 1988, it was visited by Pope John Paul II, whilst more recently in 2017, it was visited by Pope Francis.
Numerous other churches in Carpi are worth visiting for their artistic and historical richness, including La Sagra in Romanesque style and San Nicolò with elements worked in fine scagliola plaster.