Churches and places of worship
Church of St. Peter Martyr
This church is dedicated to St. Peter from Verona. It’s in the center of the Baruchella village. It was built in the 16th century to replace the existing worship building. The church was renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries with the addition of baroque architectural elements. The bell tower was built in the 17th century. The original spire was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1845. (Piazza Libertà – Baruchella)
Church of St. Andrew
The original church was built between 1698 and 1739. The original building was destroyed in 1945 bombing. It was rebuilt between 1963 and 1967. The only part that remains of the original complex is the bell tower. It was built in 1724 and, despite the damage it sustained, it was brought back to its original condition. The gabled façade is made of exposed bricks, and it stands above a wide portico with rectangular pillars. (Via Roma 222 – Zelo)
Church of St. Ippolito the Martyr
This church was requested by marquis Ippolito Bentivolgio. It was built between 1669 and 1677. Its façade is embellished by two pyramidal spires. The interior contains an altar and a plaque with a bas-relief known as “The sorrowful”. The 1818 artwork depicts Adelaide Foscarini, the noble Venetian wife of marquis Carlo Guido Bentivoglio. It’s based on a sketch by Antonio Canova. The latest renovation was in 1998. (Piazza Pace 123 – Giacciano)
Oratory of St. Mary of Mercy
The oratory is in the Giacciano village, and it’s known as “Our Lady of the Sandwich”. It was built upon a pre-existing worship building, then rebuilt in the 19th century. (Via Madonnina – Giacciano)
Places of interest
Villa Bentivoglio d’Aragona, then later Villa Fiocco, Villa Furini and now Villa Milan
This residential building has modest architectural qualities. Its location used to be the fiefdom of the Marquis Bentivolgio of Aragona. The marquis were of Spanish origin and lived in Bologna in the 1500s, in the Bentivoglio court.
(Via Giuseppe Fiocco, 201 – Giacciano con Baruchella)
It was inhabited in roman times, however, the current village dates to the 15th century. Its name comes from Domenico known as Baruchello, a member of the Cisamini family, the lords of Fratta. He invested in these lands in 1471, and was tasked with draining them. They had always been swamplands because of the constant flooding of the nearby rivers. Thus these lands underwent large reclamation efforts at the hands of the House of Este, the monks of the Vangadizza abbey, and of the Bentivoglio nobles in the early 17th century. For a long time this was a borderland: on one side there was Baruchella with the Ferrara Po Valley; on the other there were Giaccano and Zelo, under Venetian rule. This border line was kept by the French, but it disappeared with the Austrians. The unfortunate living conditions did not improve with the annexation to the Kingdom of Italy, leading to massive emigration. A marked socio-economic improvement was seen only in the sixties, once the damages from the 1944 bombing and the 1951 flood had been overcome.
Pro Loco Giacciano con Baruchella
Via A. De Gasperi, 58
Tel. 0425 50506 – Fax 0425 50506
From May 27th to June 2nd – Square and park in the village of Baruchella
Food stand with fried fish, bigoli (pasta) with duck sauce, donkey meat and polenta, bingo with a jackpot of 1500€, charity dip (proceeds go to the parish and the preschool)
Footrace – Walk among the kiwi plants
International level footrace, with free pacing. For lovers of outdoor sports, the race is recognized by the IVV, FIASP, PIEDE ALATO and GAMBA D’ARGENTO associations. It’s also valid for the Podismo Rosa contest in the Verona province. The nature trail goes through the fields in the Giacciano con Baruchella, Zelo e Giacciano, Trencenta and Badia Polesine municipalities.
Feast of the Redeemer
From July 7th to the 15th – Zelo
Food stand that specializes in cod with polenta and salami, meat and vegetable lasagna; dance show and bingo.
Feast of St. Ippolito of Giacciano
From August 6th to the 10th – Giacciano
Food stand that specializes in risotto, bondola with polenta and grilled buisuit; dance show and bingo.
From August 27th to the 31st – Canborio square and Baruchella park
Food stand that specializes in fried fish, bigoli (pasta) with duck sauce, and donkey meat with polenta; wine tasting and dance show.
October 9, 10, 11 – Canborio square, Baruchella park and roads
Food stand that specializes in stewed snails and polenta, mushroom risotto, roast pork with mushrooms and chestnuts, pappardelle (pasta) with mushrooms and truffle risotto; dance show; nationally relevant mycology show organized by the Mycological Association IL CHIODINO; market with typical fall produce.