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Top 10 of Reggio Emilia

The Tricolour flag and its history

The Italian flag was born in Reggio Emilia, and the town, first among the cities of Italy, is proud of it. A visit to the Tricolour Flag Hall and the dedicated Museum, which connects the history of Italian Risorgimento with the contemporary political events in Reggio Emilia that led to the birth of the flag, is one of the things that must be done at least once in a lifetime.






Not only Tricolour, but also archaeology, nature, ethnography, holy art, authentic paintings and author's fakes, antiquities and contemporary art works. All this and much more is housed and kept in the museums and exhibition seats of Reggio Emilia and Province. Each one has its peculiarity and promotes cultural events all year.






Faith, art, history and ideals intertwine each other in the churches, basilicas and monasteries of Reggio Emilia and its Province: from the smaller and full of historical episodes to the richer and majestic ones. Whether they are astonishing caskets of treasures and art works or just places of peace and reflection, every church has its own unique story and hidden secrets to be unveiled to all those who decide to dedicate to them a few hours of the stay in the town.





Beside the permanent collections of the Museums and Galleries, there are several occasion for all tastes in the programme of the temporary exhibitions in Reggio Emilia: Palazzo Magnani, Palazzo dei Musei, Spazio Gerra and many art galleries in the historical centre. Have a look to the list of the on going exhibition in town and in Province: you will certainly find something interesting!





Erbazzone and food and wine gastronomy of Reggio Emilia

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, after a walk or easily seated chatting with friends you cannot forget to taste the most tipical food of Reggio Emilia: the Erbazzone, a salty pie rich in flavour because of spinach, chrds, ricotta chees, onions and, of course, Parmigiano Reggiano. There are several versions of it from the Po river to the Apenines, but each one preserves the unmistakable flavour of Reggio Emilia.





Towards the "delights" of the Este family

The tour goes through the town and the Parks of the "Green belt" that embraces the historical centre. Walking along the tree-lined viale Umberto, you will cross San Pellegrino bridge on the torrent Crostolo and than you'll enter in the Crostolo park: following the line of the torrent, you will reach the garden and the palace of Rivalta first and then the Corbelli pool with Villa d'Este. Both the palaces were originally sumptuous and built for the dukes of the Este family during the XVIII century for their relax and parties.




Loris Malaguzzi International Centre

One of the most exceptional experiences of whom Reggio is most proud and that made it famous all over the world is the "approach" to the childhood based on the experience of Loris Malaguzzi. The centre, to him dedicated, has its headquarter in the former Locatelli factory, an important cheese industry of the beginning of the XX Century: the centre promotes events, trainings, conferences about childhood, education and children rights, attended by professionists coming from all over the world.




The Contemporary

Reggio Emilia, strong roots in the past but also the sight into the future. Many are the examples of industrial archaeology, modern architecture and contemporary art present in town: the Tecnopole in the area of the former Officine Reggiane, the Fonderia 39 headquarter of the National Foundation of Dance, the Maramotti Collection in the first factory of the Max Mara Group, the art works of the cycle "Invitation to...". Finally the bridges and the Station by the architect Calatrava, redefine, in a modern way, the skyline of Reggio Emilia.




Matilda of Canossa's lands and the Reggio Emilia Apennines

Outside the town, Southward, the lands owned by the Countess Matilde of Canossa, during the Medieval times, lie. Her possessions were patroled by several castles, fortresses and towers, and the territory of Reggio Emilia still retains many of them and also medieval villages and parish churches. Going on southward you will reach the amazing Pietra of Bismantova and, further on, the awsome spaces and landscapes fo the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine, land rich of paths, culture and breathtaking experiences.




The small Renaissance Capitals and the Lands of the Po river

Northward of the town is the real plain of the territory of Reggio Emilia, the so-called "Bàsa", in the local dialect. It is a land rich in history, nature and excellent products: the small capitals of the Renaissance, dot the cultivated fields with their rocks and colorful villages. It is a land of Resistance, motors, history, art and culture but also work, fun and nature, the wild and lively one of the big Po River.