Novellara  By


Novellara played a central role in the powerful Gonzaga family’s state and this most definately left a trace in the modern city: the Gonzaga stronghold is a beautiful 14th century example of it, showing still today remarkable friezes, painted wooden ceilings and sculptured fireplaces; in addition, the building hosts the Gonzaga Museum with a unique collection of Jesuit pharmacy jars, a beautifully decorated evidence of pharmaceutical science in the past, and some impressive frescoes by Lelio Orsi.

To a design of the same artist, the Collegiata di S. Stefano dominates the porticoed and beautiful Piazza Unità d’Italia, showing within nice stuccoworks and an Ecce Homo by Guercino’s school.