With its history of long course, Today the house is home to Confindustria Ceramica, with attached Documentation center of Italian industry of ceramic tiles which includes over a thousand tiles, since the war to the present day.
The cassina hunting Hercules Pio was rearranged around the mid-eighteenth century by Pietro Bezzi on behalf of Francis III. Also located near the river Secchia, It is surrounded by a very large park and surrounded by walls. We can analyze the original appearance that he had at the time, thanks to a painting by Menabue Purses and preserved in the Belvedere Ducale. The palace enjoyed a sumptuous dining room, decorated with Chinese paintings, leaves the Deguinet, Middle room, a toilet suitable to receive pontiffs and many bedrooms.
Towards the 800 the building was renovated, becoming a summer college and later a shelter for immigrants. Now it houses the headquarters of Confindustria Ceramica, with attached Documentation Centre of Italian industry and tile Ceramica, where you can retrace the complete history of the manufacture of the tile, visit a museum and a library. The tiles are collected over a thousand, and run through a historical period that goes from the postwar period to the present day.
The ancient ceramics collection Vistarino
In 1991 the Sassuolo City Council bought the collection of ceramics from the villa I Pioppi, also known as Villa Vistarino or Contessa, ancient country house belonging to Domenico Maria Giacobazzi, influential personalities in the Court of the Este, whose attention to the development of manufactures, in particular to the ceramic, He helped transform Sassuolo in the main production center of the Duchy.
The collection of house I Pioppi thus contributes to the knowledge of the history of ceramic production in Sassuolo and then the modern industrial district which belongs to the city. Apart from some Venetian production, the approximately 50 specimens are sassolesi and dating from the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth.
The official year of the Sassuolo ceramic birth dates from 1741, when a group of entrepreneurs formed a factory for the production of tiles in city suburb, along the Channel of Modena.
Giovanni Maria Dallari, Count Ferrari Moreni, Giovanni Maria Rubbiani and his sons Carlo and Don Antonio is the entrepreneurs who in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries imprinted to manufacture important ceramic production activities.
To Rubbiani brothers it is credited with having developed the technology for the production of ceramic wall tiles. Technological innovation has transformed so much places and tools that modern industry seems to have little in common with that past production. Yet the current tiles are the result of industrial ceramic tradition that brought out Sassuolo than other cities of the Duchy of Este.