Reggio Emilia is an Emilian city of 171,595 inhabitants. Originally its name was Regium Lepidi, in honor of its founder, Marco Emilio Lepido, Roman consul who arrived here to fight against the Ligurian Friniates, who inhabited these lands. Reggio Emilia is therefore born as a Roman outpost on the Via Emilia. During the period of barbarian invasions, the city was often invaded until it was practically destroyed, until it became part of the possessions of the Countess Matilda of Canossa in 1076. Following the Treaty of Constance, in 1183, during which the Reggiano consul receives imperial investiture, the city knows a period of peace and development, both from a commercial and artistic point of view. Following a period of struggles with the neighboring cities for the conquest of new territories, which will continue until 1300. There was an alternation of lords of the noble families of Gonzaga and Visconti, until Reggio Emilia passes under the control of the Este.

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Reggio Emilia is a beautiful city of art and culture, as you can immediately see walking through its streets: you cannot miss a visit to its magnificent Duomo, whose construction dates back to the 800s. The interior has a Latin cross plan, divided into three naves with round arches, and was modified in 1600, becoming a typical example of the sculpture of Reggio in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In his chapels you can admire many works of art by the greatest artists, such as Pomarancio and Guercino; thanks to a recent restoration, traces have also been found of frescoes dating back to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The Basilica of San Prospero, the patron saint of the city, is also beautiful: it rises in the most characteristic square of Reggio Emilia, which still today hosts a market full of typical products. Inside the Basilica you can admire a magnificent Universal Judgment by Procaccini, while the wooden choir is a beautiful example of intaglio and intarsia, an art spread in Reggio Emilia as early as 1400. Art lovers, and especially painting lovers, cannot fail to visit the Basilica of the Beata Vergine della Ghiara, in the historical center: here you can admire some frescoes and some altarpieces, by the most renowned artists of the 17th century, such as Carracci, Lionello Spada and Guercino. Modern architecture lovers will find in Reggio Emilia several works by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava: three large bridges at the entrance to the city, and the high-speed Mediopadana station, a structure in white steel and glass, composed of a succession of portals with a different geometry that create a characteristic sinusoidal wave. For those who want to retrace the history of the Countess Matilde di Canossa, there are many routes that allow you to visit castles and churches dating back to that period: first of all the ruins of the Matildeo Castle, on the hills of Canossa, of which remains a white sandstone spire. The castle of the village of Rossena is instead one of those that has survived better with the passage of time, with its three walls and rooms still intact. But Reggio Emilia is not just art, because it is part of what is now known all over the world as Motor Valley, and out here there are some museums and collections that motor lovers cannot miss: the Nello Salsapariglia Collection , in which you can admire motorcycles, cars, radios and engines from around 1900; the Automobile Museum of San Martino di Rio, which exhibits 650 square meters of vintage cars and motorcycles; the Old Racing Spare Parts Museum, which traces the history of the Ducati from the 1920s to the 1990s; the Little Museum of Bariaschi Motorcycle, focused on the period after the Second World War, when the various brands began to create models that became famous all over the world.


Among the events taking place in Reggio Emilia, we mention Cioccolarsi per Passione, in mid-February, an artisan chocolate festival characterized by tastings, lessons for adults and children and demonstrations by the great chocolatiers. At the end of May, in Quattro Castella, not far from Reggio Emilia, a historical re-enactment is organized in honor of the Countess Matilde di Canossa, with shows of flag-wavers, horseback tournaments and parades in ancient costumes, in addition to the preparation of traditional Emilian dishes.
Among the typical dishes of Reggio Emilia we find firstly the cappelletti in broth, which must be served strictly together with boiled meat; the bomb of rice, a donut of rice, ham and cheese inside which meat and mushrooms are put. Another typical dish is the erbazzone, a savory pie stuffed with spinach, onion, cheese and lard. For what concerns the desserts instead, we find the stuffed tortelli, with chestnuts, jam and walnuts, which can be fried or baked, but also the English soup that, despite its name, falls among the dishes of the Emilian cuisine.