Reggio Emilia , the city where the Italian tricolor is born, offers tourists a magnificent historical center full of numerous squares connected to each other according to a precise town planning dating back to the Roman Empire.  The city stretches along the Via Emilia , central hub, a few steps from the Student's Hostel della Ghiara , from which you can reach all the main attractions of Reggio Emilia.

Basilica of San Prospero
Address: Piazza San Prospero
Telephone: 0039 0522 434667
The Basilica of San Prospero is dedicated to the patron saint of the city.  An important example of the Emilian baroque, it is located in the center of Reggio Emilia.  Inside the Basilica are the relics of San Prospero, patron of the city because he managed to save it from Attila's attack thanks to a thick fog that enveloped Reggio Emilia following an invocation.

Panizzi Library
Address: via Luigi Carlo Farini, 3
Telephone: 0039 0522 456084
It was founded in 1975 by the unification of the municipal libraries (1798) and Popolare (1910) with the merger of the funds.  The new unified Institute is named after the great librarian and patriot Antonio Panizzi.  The seat is that of Palazzo San Giorgio that since 1984, as a result of the renovation, has been entirely dedicated to the Library.  The Panizzi Library has a highly respected library heritage and for over 30 years has begun the process of general computerization of library services.  At the central office are added the decentralized libraries of San Pellegrino, Rosta Nuova, Ospizio, Santa Croce and the Library of the Civic Museums.
Hours: Mon-Fri-Sat from 9.00 to 19.00;  mart.-merc.-Thurs.  from 9.00 to 22.00

Church of Saints Girolamo and Vitale
Address: Via San Girolamo
In 1646 it was built on a previous church belonging to the confraternity of San Gerolamo on a project by Gaspare Vigarani, famous architect and baroque scenographer.  The interior is very special because, through a game of fittings, stairs and corridors, the three oratories that form the place of worship are connected.
 Towards 8 am on September 14th a light penetrates and illuminates a terracotta tile representing Christ on the Cross with the sorrows, the liturgical calendar celebrating the Exaltation of the Cross on this day.  At the same time the statue of San Tablockquoteeo placed in one of the niches above the central altar enjoys a particular lighting.
 Weekday: Saturday from 2.30 to 5.30 pm

Church of Christ
Address: Piazzale Roversi, 4
Originally an oratory, it was transformed into a church in the eighteenth century to preserve the Holy Crucifix from the weather (today placed on the main altar), a precious oil painting on plaster by an anonymous artist from Reggio and performed during the plague of 1630.
The extremely luxurious façade is in typical Baroque style ;  the interior is redundant with stucco and consists of a single compartment.

Maramotti Collection
Address: via fratelli cervi 66
Telephone: 0039 0522 382484
The Maramotti Collection is a collection of private contemporary art.  It consists of several hundred works created from 1945 to today and in addition to the permanent collection organizes temporary exhibitions.  The Maramotti Collection is located in the original factory of the Max Mara fashion house.
The Collection is open to the public on reservation: Thursday and Friday: 2.30pm - 6.30pm Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am - 6.30pm.  Closing days: 1 and 6 January, 25 April, 1 May, from 1 to 25 August;  December 25th.

Corso della Ghiara
Address: Corso Garibaldi The Corso della Ghiara , now called Corso Garibaldi, is the most important street in the city after Via Emilia.  The name Ghiara stands for gravel, since until 1226 there was the bed of the Crostolo stream.

Cathedral of Reggio Emilia
Address: Piazza Prampolini
Telephone: 0039 0522 433783
It is a Romanesque building built in 857, but has undergone numerous reconstructions and modifications over the centuries.  The current façade is incomplete, with a sixteenth century cladding designed by Prospero Sogari called Il Clemente.  The dome (1623) was designed by Abbot Messori, a local architect who also designed the dome of the Church of Saints Peter and Prospero.  The Duomo also boasts a magnificent crypt with cross vaults.  Following archaeological excavations, a Roman mosaic has recently been found depicting pagan scenes (4th century AD) of considerable size, probably the most important mosaic example of the late Roman period in the Emilia area.
Weekday 9-12 / 16-18;  Holiday Schedule 9 - 12/16 / -18

Food & Wine
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO is known all over the world, but in Reggio Emilia you can personally see the transformation of milk into the King of cheeses.  You can taste the true balsamic vinegar, the black gold aged for decades in the roofs of the families of Reggio Emilia.  And yet you can delight your taste with a variety of cold meats accompanied by warm fried dumpling and some pieces of erbazzone.  Obviously all accompanied by an excellent glass of Lambrusco.

European Photography
Fotografia Europea is a festival that takes place every year in spring, between the end of April and the beginning of May.  Fotografia Europea presents in the most fascinating places of art and culture of the city a rich series of exhibitions able to give an image of Italy, with its characters, above all aesthetic and with the features that characterize it as the commitment, availability, curiosity, experimentation.  The inaugural days of the event transform the city of Reggio Emilia into an open space for reflection and celebration through a rich program of events that combines the different forms of creativity and thought.

Parmeggiani Gallery
Address: Corso Cairoli, 1
Telephone: 0039 0522 451054 - 456477
The Parmeggiani Gallery houses a collection of furniture, paintings and fabrics, a union of three different collections, collected in the late 19th and early 20th century by Luigi Parmeggiani, a curious figure of anarchist converted to art and antiques who moved from 1924 to in Reggio Emilia, his hometown, taking care of the management of the tunnel, which became municipal property in 1933.
Opening Hours: Winter period (September - June): Tuesday to Friday 9.00-12.00;  Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 19.00;  Closed on Mondays (opening on request for schools).  Summer period (July - August): Tuesday to Saturday 9.00-12.00 and 21.00-24.00;  Sundays and holidays 21.00-24.00;  Monday closed

Public gardens
Address: between Viale Isonzo and Via L. Nobili
A nineteenth-century park planted on the area of ​​the ancient military citadel and the adjacent squares of the Theaters.  The park was built in 1864 and expanded in 1968. It is rich in valuable trees, rare plants and large areas of greenery.  There are also statues and busts dedicated to famous Reggiani characters, such as the poets Ludovico Ariosto and Matteo Maria Boiardo.

One thousand miles
Reggio Emilia is one of the stages of the historic Mille Miglia.  Extraordinary event to admire on the move the most beautiful and exclusive cars of motor sports history: they come from private collections, from the historical museums of car manufacturers and are often unique specimens with values ​​that are measured in millions of euros.

Capuchin Museum
Address: Via Ferrari Bonini, 6
Telephone: 0039 0522 580720
Established in 1927, the Capuchin Museum of Reggio Emilia, after a period of closure, reopened in 2007 in a renovated building.  It is an ecclesiastical museum that documents the evolution of cultural and religious life, trying to communicate the sacred, the beautiful, the ancient, the new.
Hours: Saturday from 15.00 to 18.00;  Sundays and holidays from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 6.00pm.  The other days by appointment.  Free admission

Museo del Tricolore
Address: Piazza Prampolini, 1
Telephone: 0039 0522 456033 - 456477 - 456805
The tricolor museum is housed in the Town Hall and is adjacent to the room where, in 1797, the flag of the Cisalpine Republic was born, which later became an Italian flag.  The tricolor museum, inaugurated on 7 January 2004 by the President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, documents the historical and political context in which the birth of our flag is based on innovative historiographic criteria.
Opening hours: Winter period (September - June): Tuesday to Friday 9.00-12.00;  Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00 Monday closed (opening on request for schools).  Summer period (July - August): Tuesday to Saturday 9.00-12.00 and 21.00-24.00;  Sundays and holidays 21.00-24.00;  Monday closed

Palazzo Casotti
Address: Piazza Casotti, 1
Telephone: 0039 0522 456477 Palazzo Casotti , built in 1481, was the ancient seat of the municipal building and the Museo del Tricolore.  Today it is home to numerous exhibitions and temporary events.  The square in front of it takes the same name as the Palace.

Palazzo Magnani
Address: Corso Garibaldi 29-31
Telephone: 0522/454437
It dates back to the second half of the 16th century when the Becchi counts decided to build their own representative home in the city.  Palazzo Magnani presents an important marble herm representing Giano bifronte, a work of 1576 by the sculptor Prospero Sogari, called il Clemente.  In 1841, under the Chioffi family, the Palazzo was completely restored in the neoclassical style.  In the twentieth century it was bought by the Magnani family, who sold it to the provincial administration at the end of the century to make it an exhibition site.

Palazzo Parmeggiani
Address: Corso Cairoli, 1
Telephone: 0039 0522 451054 - 456477
The building houses the Parmeggiani Gallery.  It was bought by Luigi Parmeggiani in 1924 who entrusted the redesign to Eng.  Ascanio Ferrarari.  The building is characterized by the facade of a medieval building, in which the cusped corner tower is inserted.  The portal, from the fifteenth century, comes from Valencia
Opening Hours: Winter period (September - June): Tuesday to Friday 9.00-12.00;  Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 19.00;  Closed on Mondays (opening on request for schools).  Summer period (July - August): Tuesday to Saturday 9.00-12.00 and 21.00-24.00;  Sundays and holidays 21.00-24.00;  Monday closed

Palazzo Scaruffi
Address: via Crispi
Palazzo Scaruffi is a building located in the historic center of Reggio Emilia, precisely in via Crispi.  It dates back to the sixteenth century and takes its name from the family of the famous economist Gasparo Scaruffi who is responsible for the acquisition of two important statues of Clement, now located on the two sides of the portal of the Palazzo Ducale di Modena.  One of the rooms has frescoes dedicated to love attributed to the painter Orazio Perucci, a pupil of Nicolò dell'Abate.  The scenes are inspired by the work of Apuleius, The Metamorphoses: the meeting between Jupiter and Antiope>, the bath of the Nymphs, episodes of the fable of Love and Psyche.  Recently the building has been subjected to careful and complex restoration work, and has become the headquarters of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Piazza Fontanesi
Piazza Fontanesi is rectangular in shape, lined with lime trees and surrounded by porticoes on two sides.  On the square there are many antique shops and on Tuesday and Friday is home to the fruit and vegetable market.  In ancient times the Canale di Secchia flowed in the open air that descended along the current Via Guazzatoio on whose background rises the "bastion", the only remaining piece of the thirteenth-century walls that encircled the city.

Piazza Martiri 7 July
After the redevelopment interventions carried out in 2008, the Piazza has become a beautiful public space that connects the residential, cultural, religious and commercial functions.  On this square, in fact, overlook the Valli Theater, the Ariosto Theater, the Teatro Cavallerizza, Palazzo Carmi, the headquarters of the Bank of Italy and the Church of San Francesco.  Five memorial plaques dedicated to the 7 July martyrs, such as "democracy trail", were placed in the position where the five courageous young men lost their lives to witness their faith in a better country and society.

Piazza Prampolini
Piazza Prampolini, also known as Piazza Grande, assumed its current shape and appearance during the Renaissance period.  Around the square are the most important buildings of the city both from the artistic point of view and the administration, such as the Duomo, the Palazzo del Monte and the Town Hall.  Opposite Palazzo del Monte is the statue of Crostolo, a monument dear to Reggiani, which represents the river that runs through the city (called precisely Crostolo).

Piazza San Prospero
It takes its name from the homonymous basilica and is one of the most important in the city.  It is also called Piazza Piccola and is connected by a porticoed road (the Broletto) to Piazza Grande (Piazza Prampolini).  The square has a roughly rectangular shape with three arcaded sides.  On the opposite side of the church are the apse and the dome of the cathedral.  The square is characterized by the presence of 6 statues of lions in red marble.  In the square the biweekly market of the city is held, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Reggio Children
Address: Via Bligny, 1 / a
Telephone: 0522 513752
Fax: 0522 920414 E-mail:
Web site: Reggio Children srl is a company founded in 1994, on the initiative of Loris Malaguzzi to manage the pedagogical and cultural exchanges between the children's institutions of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and numerous teachers , researchers and scholars from all over the world.  In the city that par excellence pays attention to the sphere of childhood, Reggio Children is recognized as an institution of great importance that organizes numerous events and activities on the topics of training, research and international cooperation.

Feast of the Giareda
Address: Corso Garibaldi
La Giareda is a market exhibition of artistic craftsmanship and traditional crafts.  The festival is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Ghiara and takes place every year in the first half of September;  provides solemn liturgical functions and the exhibition of artistic crafts and traditional crafts that runs throughout Corso Garibaldi.
The festival has always been a festival of dialogue that unites the sacred and the profane without confusing them and invites one to find oneself in history and traditions to reflect on today and on the future of the community.

Sala del Tricolore
Address: Piazza Prampolini, 1
Telephone: 0039 0522 456586
It is currently used as a council chamber in the municipality of Reggio Emilia.  The room was born as an Este ducal archive in the eighteenth century on a project by the architect Lodovico Bolognini.  It was in this room that on January 7th 1797 the representatives of the free cities of Reggio, Modena, Bologna and Ferrara met to proclaim the Cispadan Republic, adopting the banner in the three green-white-red colors assumed in 1848 as national flag.
Weekday hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9.00 to 12.00;  Saturday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.  Holiday hours: Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.  Free entry

Soli Deo Gloria
The Soli Deo Gloria concert season.  Organs, sounds and voices of the city has become an unmissable event for all fans of classical music, who have a special fondness for sacred composition.  Organized by the Municipal Administration of Reggio Emilia and the Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, the event enhances the places and precious musical instruments preserved in the churches of the historical center of the city and of the eight Circumscriptions.  Under the careful artistic direction of Renato Negri, the exhibition brings great musicians of international renown to the city and its province, but also demonstrates particular attention to young talents and Reggio interpreters.  All concerts are all free admission

Gerra space
Address: Piazza XXV aprile
Telephone: 0522 455716/456786/456557
Fax: Website:
Donated to the Municipality of Reggio Emilia by Mrs. Anna Maria Ternelli Gerra with the aim of creating a new cultural place in the city dedicated to her husband, the artist Marco Gerra (1925-2000), the former hotel Cairoli, located in Piazza XXV Aprile , has been recovered with an innovative project by the architect Christian Gasparini.  The Spazio Gerra houses in its interior the images of contemporaneity, in their variety of expression, function, manifestation: art, photography, advertising, television, cinema, graphics, illustration, comics, projection, video and computer.

Neoclassical Municipal Theater
Address: Piazza Martiri of 7 July
Telephone: 0039 0522 458811
Entitled today in Romolo Valli and surrounded by public gardens, the Municipal Theater features the city center.  It stands on one of the most important city squares, which overlook the other city theater, the Ariosto Theater, the San Rocco Gallery and the Public Gardens.  The complex was built in the second half of the 800s.  It hosts a prestigious lyrical and concert season as well as a rich representation of ballets.  It has a library, an archive and a historical disco open to the public.

Temple of the Blessed Virgin of the Ghiara
Address: Corso Garibaldi, 44
Telephone: 0522/439707
The Temple of the Blessed Virgin of Ghiara, also known as the Basilica of the Madonna della Ghiara, stands along the ancient Corso della Ghiara, today Corso Garibaldi.  The church, owned by the municipality of Reggio, is officiated by the Catholic religious order of the servants of Mary.  The construction of the Basilica is linked to the miracle that took place on April 29, 1596 when the young Marchino, deaf-mute from birth, miraculously obtained word and hearing while praying in front of an image of the Madonna painted by Bertone.

Via Emilia
Address: Via Emilia Via Emilia is a Roman road built by the consul Marco Emilio Lepido to connect Rimini with Piacenza in a straight line.  It dates back to around 189 BC and in Reggio Emilia, during some excavations, ancient remains of the ancient Roman artery were found.  In the city of Reggio the Via Emilia crosses the whole historical center and is flanked by palaces of architectural merit.  It is divided into two branches from Piazza del Monte.