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the name of the village is pronounced Fiumalbo in fiumalbino Fiumêlb and in dialect modenese, derives from Flumen album ("white river"). A peculiarity of Fiumalbo is indeed in its dialect, which differs significantly from the other dialects spoken in the area, both on the Emilia slope that on the Tuscan, constituting one of the most interesting points of transition between the language type gallo-Italico (emiliano), to which it belongs and the tuscan (having a strain, distinct from the dialects of the rest of central Italy, defined median), with a result similar to other northern dialects preservatives, as those veneti.

Fiumalbo is located in the High Appennino Modenese, at the border with Tuscany. It is a mountain village very ancient with almost 1000 years of written history, but its origins are much more ancient and you lose back several centuries. The country of the border, has lived the events that have changed the history with detachment and remoteness, whereas those events not linked to the history of the country. Fiumalbo is appointed in an act of 1038, which decreed the divestiture of the "fortress called Fiumalbo" by the Marquis Boniface of Canossa to the Bishop of Modena Viberto (Bonifacio was the father of Matilde di Canossa). In 1197 many fiumalbini swore fidelity to the Municipality of Modena, putting at your disposal for any need military the territory and men. The oath was reconfirmed by the representatives of the Community Fiumalbina in 1205 and in 1276. Very important for the development of the country was the noble family Bondi-Santi. Fiumalbo was at the beginning of the century a land of emigrants. In the mining accident of Dawson 1913 happened in New Mexico, between the 146 miners emigrated from Italy who perished well 17 came from Fiumalbo.

Municipality of Fiumalbo
Province of Modena
Region Emilia Romagna

inhabitants: 1280
Altitude center: 953 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Protected Natural Areas:
Parco regionale Alto Appennino Modenese

Municipality of Fiumalbo
Via Capitano Alberto Coppi 2 - Fiumalbo (MO)
Tel. +39 0536 73922

Fiumalbo Touristic Point
Via Capitano Alberto Coppi 10 - Fiumalbo (MO)
Tel. +39 0536 73909

Why is Fiumalbo so called?

Discovering the origin of the name Fiumalbo, one of the most beautiful Italian hamlets in the Modena hinterland, deriving from the union of Latin and local dialect.

Next or present Events

  • Carnival Torch

    Add to calendar 2018-02-13 2018-02-13 Europe/Rome Carnival Torch Some volunteers, carrying large and heavy torches, travel the center of the village from the Seminary to Ca 'Monia, at the confluence of the two streams, where a large bonfire is finally lit. Fiumalbo

    Some volunteers, carrying large and heavy torches, travel the center of the village from the Seminary to Ca 'Monia, at the confluence of the two streams, where a large bonfire is finally lit.

  • Feast of the Patron Saint Bartholomew
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2018-08-23 2018-08-23 Europe/Rome Feast of the Patron Saint Bartholomew Fiumalbo

Other Events

  • Every two years on 24 Dicembbre - Living Crib. Along the streets, the alleys and under the vaults of the medieval village illuminated only by torches, are prepared the re-enactment of the ancient trades, as pastors, stonecutters, millers, cestai, spinners, embroiderers, bakers, Fabbri, potters, norcini and many others with hundreds of extras and animals that are from the contour of the scene of the nativity, where Jesus is a baby born in the current year. The nativity scene is represented in the night of Christmas Eve of years equal and in one of the first days of January of the following year.
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