Castelfranco Emilia

Castelfranco Emilia lies on the border between the Provinces of Modena and Bologna along the ancient Roman road known as the Via Emilia. Its strategic position made it the subject of disputes between the two rival cities for centuries.
Castelfranco Emilia
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