The Benedictine monks, in 944 - according to the first written testimony - settled in Felonica, where they founded the abbey of Santa Maria Assunta. Then, it was Matilda of Tuscany who favoured its patrimonial consolidation.

La storia

Waldensian Community - Elevated to a Municipality by the Austrians with the Congress of Vienna, it testifies since the early 1900s to the presence of an important Waldensian community, born following the evangelization activity of shepherds and peddlers towards the labourers who worked in the Po area.
During the Second World War the abbey complex was hit by a bombing, and the monastic buildings were destroyed, while the church and the bell tower remained, which were still used for worship.

It is also home to a civic museum included in the Mantuan Museum System and recognized by the Lombardy Region, the Po River World War II Museum, and it was part of the Union of Six Oltrepò Municipalities.

The rural landscape is characterized by courtyards, “loghini”, (rural building), aediculae (small shrines) and capitals; the most interesting sites are the romanesque-gothic Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the eighteenth-century Palazzo Cavriani, formerly the municipal seat, the Waldensian Evangelical Church, built in 1905, the Chamber of Labour, built between 1946 and 1947, “La Cascina” and “La Palazza” rural buildings.

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