Reggio Emilia

A whale from the ocean to Crostolo creek

The true story of the "Capodoglio" (sperm whale), symbol of the Civic Museum.

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Embroidery for the homeland

Don Gaetano Chierici, three institutes of young girls, a war hero.

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The story of Palazzo dei Musei

The story of the Palazzo San Francesco (St. Francis’ Palace) began in 1256, when the Franciscans, by authorisation of Bishop Guglielmo Fogliani, took up residence at the church of San Luca and the adjacent imperial palace, which had been used as an Episcopal centre since 1195. In 1272, work began that resulted in the conversion of the palace into a convent and in the construction of a new church devoted to St. Francis. Final transfer of the property was ratified in 1276 by Rudolph of Habsburg, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

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The Patron Saint’s Pardon

November 24, St Prospero’s day, a condemned prisoner, chosen at random, was taken to the omonimous Basilica and pardoned. It was the tribute that the town gave its Patron Saint.

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The San Prospero Church and the Dresden sale

During the XVIII century the Dukes of Este, who were fond of art, took possession of works by the painters the Correggio, Camillo Procaccini, Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Lionello Spada and Alessandro Tiarini.

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Polish National Anthem

The Polish National Anthem was composed by cavalry lieutenant Jozef Wybicki in Reggio Emilia July 11, 1797.

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Luigi Parmeggiani: reedemed forger

Luigi Parmeggiani emigrated in 1878, he lived in the sparkling Paris of "Belle Epoque" time. In the beginning, he was a desperate anarchist, maybe thief, certainly bomber then wealthy antiquarian, perhaps forger and surely merchant of objects of dubious origin.

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Coriandoline – friendly houses for boys and girls

A neighbourhood designed according to the wishes of the children (who want it to be magic, see-through, soft and playful). The magic of Emanuele Luzzati’s figures

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Lido Po

At the confluence of the Crostolo stream with the Po River there was once a garden belonging to Prince Gonzaga.

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Guastalla, the seven-pointed town

According to the "Topographic dictionary of the duchies of Parma Piacenza Guastalla", the town of Guastalla is remarkable for its symmetry. In fact, it is enclosed by walls forming seven points.

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Acquetta di Novellara

Powerful arsenic-based poison used by Matilda d'Este to get rid of her enemies.

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Pharmacy jars

Inside the Gonzaga Museum, piazzale Marconi 1, is kept a valuable collection of pharmacy jars from the ancient Jesuits' Apothecary.

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