Nowadays, famous for its gastronomy, lifestyle quality and, internationally, the “best kindergartens in the world”, Reggio is also a city of art, whose symbols are the seventeenth-century Basilica della Ghiara and the famous Teatro Municipale. Contemporary signs are visible, for whose driving along the A1 motorway, in the bridges designed by architect Santiago Calatrava for the Alta Velocità (High Speed) station.
The visit itinerary may start from the Sala del Tricolore (Tricolour Hall) and its Museum, which goes over the historical events with Napoleonic memorabilia and relics of the Risorgimento. The visit may continue in the nearby Piazza Prampolini or Piazza Grande, with its statue of the Torrent Crostolo and, by crossing the Broletto arcades, reach the small Piazza San Prospero, seat of the traditional market and, then, Piazza Fontanesi, a sort of open sitting room surrounded by trees. The Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Town Hall overlook Piazza Grande, while Piazza San Prospero is dominated by the Basilica dedicated to the Patron Saint.
A must to see are the Basilica della Madonna della Ghiara, a vestige of the Emilian Baroque that contains precious masterworks such as the celebrated Guercino's "Crucifixion", as well as a cycle of frescoes illustrating the female figures of the Old Testament; the Civici Musei, which stand out for their art, archaeological and naturalistic collections; the Galleria Parmeggiani, especially for its 19th-century collections; the Synagogue; the neoclassical and stately Teatro Municipale and the nearby Piazza Martiri del 7 Luglio, with its new fountain.
Other places of interest are the Spazio Gerra with its installations of contemporary art of the last years: from Fabro to Morris, from Sol Lewitt to Mattiacci, until the amazing permanent private collection Maramotti, which displays works of art of inestimable value, and Palazzo Magnani, the main exhibition seat of the town, hosting exhibitions all year long, with a particular preference for photography and modern art.
For an itinerary as sparkling as the wine Lambrusco, follow the “Strada dei Vini e Sapori dei Colli di Scandiano e Canossa” (the route of wines and flavours of the hills of Scandiano and Canossa) and the “Strada dei Vini e Sapori delle Corti Reggiane” (the route of wines and flavours of the Reggio Emilia courts) in the northern area of the province.
Golf enthusiasts may play at the Fattoria del Golf or at the Golf Club Matilde di Canossa, which hosts also a fantastic Messegué Spa.
Along the River Po (approximately 30 Km), Boretto, Guastalla and Brescello, so particular with their atmosphere and suggestions, offer the possibility to go for a trip on the river or visit the Museum of Don Camillo and Peppone. Again to the north of the town is Correggio (18 Km), a prestigious small Renaissance court, while Scandiano (15 km) and the picturesque Rocca dei Boiardo lie to the south.
Via Farini, 1/A
42100 Reggio nell`Emilia (RE)
Tel. ++39 0522-451152
Fax ++39 0522-436739
Opening: Open troughout the year
How to reach
Stop in Reggio Emilia
Connections from and to the city
Last update: 22/05/2012