|Comune di Castel Maggiore|
|Metropolitan city||Bologna (BO)|
|Frazioni||Boschetto, Primo Maggio, Trebbo, Sabbiuno|
|• Mayor||Belinda Gottardi|
|• Total||30.9 km2 (11.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||29 m (95 ft)|
|• Density||590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||St. Andrew|
|Saint day||October 30|
Castel Maggiore (Bolognese: Castèl Mazåur) is an Italian comune in the Metropolitan City of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, central Italy, located 9 kilometres (6 mi) north of the centre of Bologna. Literally, its name means Great Castle, but the name is derived from the earlier name Castaniolo Maggiore.
The first documents conveying the existence of the Comune, in ancient times called Castaniolo (meaning "Little chestnut") date back to the 10th century. The legend narrates that the name comes from a big chestnut trunk that should have floated into the territory of the comune through the Canale Navile (a navigable drain canal).
Afterwards Castaniolo was marked by the nickname of Maggiore (Major) in order to distinguish it from a homonymous hamlet (now Castaniolo Minore) of the comune of Bentivoglio.
The name was changed into the one it still carries nowadays during Napoleon's era, in 1818, in which jurisdiction on today's hamlets has been recognised.
Twin towns — sister cities
Castel Maggiore is twinned with:
- Ingré, France
- "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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