Savignano sul Panaro boasts very ancient origins: numerous relics found in local settlements and necropolises testify human settlements dating back to the Etruscan era, but the territory was inhabited since prehistoric times.
In fact, in the second half of the nineteenth century some finds dating back to prehistoric times were found, in particular the remains of the skeleton of a Pliocene elephant and a statuette of Venus dating back to the Upper Paleolithic.
The Elephant was found in the autumn of 1980 in the Bocchirolo area, north-east of Savignano, and today it is kept in the Elephant Museum at the local Civic Center.
Venus, a small 22.5 cm sculpture dating back to 25,000 years ago and carved in a hard yellow / serpentine green stone, was found in 1925 in the Prà Martin locality, in the hamlet of Mulino di Savignano sul Panaro, and today it’s preserved at the Pigorini Museum in Rome.
Taking a leap to a more recent era, the village was first owned by Matilde di Canossa then, between 1400 and the first half of 1500, by the Contrari Family, before following the same fate as Vignola ending up under the control of the Boncompagni in 1577.