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View of the hills of Cavriana, hamplet of Campagnolo.
Comune di Cavriana
Cavriana panorama.JPG
Coat of arms of Cavriana
Location of Cavriana
Cavriana is located in Italy
Location of Cavriana in Italy
Cavriana is located in Lombardy
Cavriana (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45°21′N 10°36′E / 45.350°N 10.600°E / 45.350; 10.600Coordinates: 45°21′N 10°36′E / 45.350°N 10.600°E / 45.350; 10.600
Country Italy
Region Lombardy
Province Mantua (MN)
Frazioni Bande, Campagnolo, Castelgrimaldo, San Giacomo, San Cassiano
 • Mayor Bruno Righetti
 • Total 36.8 km2 (14.2 sq mi)
 (March 2021)[2]
 • Total 3,710
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code 0376
Patron saint san Biagio
Saint day 3rd February
Website Official website

Cavriana is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Mantua in the Italian region Lombardy.


Cavriana is in the northern part of the Province of Mantua. It is located about 110 kilometres (68 mi) east of Milan and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of Mantua. It is on a hilly territory (with a minimum altitude of 43 m and a maximum of 202 m).[3] Cavriana borders with the Province of Brescia, with the municipalities of Pozzolengo and Lonato del Garda, while the Province of Verona and the Garda Lake are just a few kilometres away.


Settlements in Cavriana started in the Bronze Age, specifically in 2040 B.C. with the pile-dwelling of Bande. Many findings of that age have been discovered, among which some important brotlaibidoles, small clay objects dating back to the 2100-1400 B.C. periods, engraved with symbols whose meaning is still unknown and found throughout Europe. The phase of Romanization started in 225 b.C. Cavriana was a centre of commerce thanks to the main roads passing near the settlement (Via Postumia and Strada Cavallara): this is why many Roman villas have been discovered, as well as two necropolis and a worship place. In 1367 Cavriana became part of the territories of the House of Gonzaga, princes of Mantua. Cavriana saw a flourishing time and its decline started in 1630. It fell under Austrian domination in 1707. On the 24th June 1859 Cavriana saw the Battle of Solferino, when the Austrian army was defeated by Napoleon III. Cavriana joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.[4][5]

The road between Cerlongo and Guidizzolo, in the communal territory of Cavriana, was the location of Alfonso de Portago's fatal accident in the 1957 Mille Miglia. A memorial slab remembers the event along the road.

Main sights[edit]

View from the ruins of the old castle towards the main square of Cavriana.

There are two main churches, the parish church of Santa Maria Nova - a Baroque building dedicated to the patron San Biagio - and a Pieve, a Romanic building dedicated to Saint Mary. Numerous oratories have been erected when Christianity spread in the area, as any small community built their own worship place.[6]

The main historic buildings are Villa Mirra, which belonged to the Gonzaga family, and the ruins of the old castle, which was demolished in around 1770 by the Austrians.[4]

Unesco World Heritage Site[edit]

The hamlet of Bande is home to some prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements. They were declared part of the World Heritage Site of Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps by UNESCO in 2011.[5]

View from the ruins of the old castle towards the Alps and the Garda Lake.



There are two museums in Cavriana:

  • the Museo archeologico dell'Alto Mantovano (Archeological Museum of the upper part of the Province of Mantua), which hosts a variety of archaeological findings and remains.[7]
  • the Museo Vecchio Mulino e Antichi Mestieri, home to a number of tools used in the area between 1800 and 1960.[8]


Cavriana, as proven by the archaeological findings of the prehistoric era, has always been a territory with a vocation for wine. Today, the hills are covered by vineyards and some DOC wines are produced.[4]

Palio della Capra d'Oro[edit]

The Palio della Capra d'Oro has taken place in Cavriana. It is a goat race (capra=goat) held once a year in July. A goat for each contrada has to complete a brief route and it is accompanied by a cavrer, usually a child, who cannot touch it, just call in order to be followed till the finish line. Before the race, people belonging to the different contrade parade toward the town center in Renaissance costumes. Each contrada has a specific colour: Villaggio (in yellow), San Rocco (in light blue), la Pieve (in violet), Castello (in bordeaux and white), Pozzone-Bande (in red and white), Scarnadore (in orange) and San Cassiano (in green). The winner of the race brings the prize to their own contrada: the Golden Goat (Capra d'Oro).[6][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (Istat).
  3. ^ "Cavriana: Clima e Dati Geografici". Archived from the original on 2004-10-23. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Benaglia, Agnese; Piccoli, Adalberto; Nardi, Ferrante, eds. (2008). Cavriana. [Cavriana]: Comune di Cavriana.
  5. ^ a b "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps". Archived from the original on 2011-07-01. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  6. ^ a b Cavallara, Enzo (2000). Le chiese e gli oratori della Parrocchia di Cavriana: Anno Giubilare 2000. Cavriana: Amministrazione comunale e Parrocchia di Cavriana - Centro Culturale San Lorenzo.
  7. ^ Piccoli, Adalberto; Bordoni, Maria; Laffranchini, Renato; Nardi, Ferrante; Pitti, Giuseppe; Tommasi, Elena, eds. (2006). Guida : Museo Archeologico dell' Alto Mantovano. [Brescia]: [Com&Print].
  8. ^ "MUSEO VECCHIO MULINO E ANTICHI MESTIERI". Archived from the original on 2003-05-03. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Palio della capra d'oro di Cavriana". Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 30 August 2021.

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