Province of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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About Copparo

Copparo (Ferrarese: Cupar, IPA: ) is a city and municipality of Emilia Romagna, Italy, in the province of Ferrara, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) north-east of the regional capital of Bologna and 17 kilometers (11 mi) east of the provincial capital of Ferrara, Copparo is located in the fertile Po Delta, 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the river and 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the Adriatic coast.

The territory of the municipality lies between 0 and 7 meters (0 and 23 feet) above sea level.


Copparo has a population of approximately 17,000 inhabitants (Copparesi) and an area of 157 square kilometers (61 square miles); therefore the population density is 111.2 inhabitants per square kilometer.


The origins of Copparo date back to the early Middle Ages and are confirmed both by a formation previous to the year 1000 and by its belonging to the Church of Ferrara and Ravenna (955) with the name of "Massa in Copario".

From many historical documents it seems that Copparo was a rather large agricultural center in the Ferrara area. The census of 1431 mentions it as the largest area sown with barley and wheat. Copparo was also mentioned in the Statute Ferrariae of 1287 with the name "Coparius" (remembering the responsibility that the citizens of Copparo had in digging in the "de preta" canal). After the year 1251, the area fell under the title of Dukes of Ferrara, the Estensi family. They used the area mainly for recreational purposes, developing one of their main hunting grounds and hunting lodges, a castle with turrets. It was destroyed during the war against Venice and rebuilt in 1540. After that it became one of the most famous Este delights. Of the original structure and its five towers, only a solitary remains today, on the site of the current town hall.


Copparo's cuisine has both simple and sophisticated dishes, being a combination of the flavors of the noble Estense cuisine and the traditional farmers' cuisine.

It includes main courses such as "macaroni pie" or the famous cappelletti and lasagna all made with fresh egg pasta. The ancient Ferrarese bread, the Renaissance "ciup├Ęta", is widely available throughout the city, still prepared with the ancient recipe and protected as a European "IGP" brand, with its unique and strange shape that reminds the male at the same time and the female symbols.

Famous companies

There are 313 industrial companies that employ 3,947 people representing 55.19% of the total workers. There are 384 service companies that employ 1,044 people, equal to 14.60% of the total workers. There are also 385 companies employing 1,515 people representing 21.18% of the total workers. There are also 104 administrative offices which employ 646 workers representing 9.03% of the total workers.

The most important plant in the area is Berco Spa, a large manufacturer specializing in the production of tracked vehicle components, equipment for the overhaul of undercarriages of earth moving machines and production of machine tools for the reconditioning of internal combustion engines. The Copparo plant, headquarters, is located on a site of approximately 500,000 square meters (120 acres) and has approximately 2,200 employees.

Notable people

Daniele Barioni

Livio Pavanelli

Source: Wikipedia
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