In the Middle Ages, Brescello, where the Enza river flows into the Po river, was the gateway from Germany and the Po Valley down to Tuscany and Rome, passing through the lands of Matilda of Canossa.
It was actually one of Matilda’s ancestors, Adalberto, son of the dynasty’s founder Sigifredo, who rediscovered and restored Brescello after the destruction wrought by the Lombards in 603.
Previously Brescello had been an important Roman city and a bishopric in Late Antiquity. An archaeological museum preserves the remains of that prosperous period.
Today Brescello is best-known for providing the setting for the films inspired by the novels of Giovannino Guareschi focused on the characters of Don Camillo and the mayor Peppone.
The town’s museums house items recalling this extraordinary literary and filmic experience and are visited by many international tourists. The town itself also has numerous locations and objects made famous in scenes from the films.