Reggio nell’ Emilia – History and very good food!
Better known as the “Tricolour town”, because it was here that the future Italian flag was adopted for the first time in 1797, Reggio nell’Emilia has an ancient history: in the 11th century, the town was the heart of Matilde’s county in the neighbouring territory. Later, important figures marked its Renaissance, ranging from Boiardo to Ariosto, the great poet of the “Orlando Furioso”.
Nowadays, famous for its gastronomy and quality of life, Reggio is also a city of art, whose symbols are the cathedral, the seventeenth-century Basilica della Ghiara and the famous Teatro Municipale.
- The tour includes 2,30 hours guided tour with a licensed guide.
- Admission fee
- lunch or taste of typical food
Our guided visit will start from the Sala del Tricolore (Tricolour Hall) and its Museum, which surveys historical events with Napoleonic memorabilia and relics of the Risorgimento.
The visit continues in the nearby Piazza Prampolini or Piazza Grande, with its statue of the Torrent Crostolo and, by crossing the Broletto arcades, we will reach the small Piazza San Prospero, seat of the traditional market.
We’ll see Piazza Fontanesi, a sort of open sitting room surrounded by trees. ‘Musts’ to see is the Basilica della Madonna della Ghiara, a vestige of the Emilian Baroque containing precious masterworks such as the celebrated Guercino’s “Crucifixion”.
Do not leave the town without tasting and buying the delicacies of its local gastronomy: the “cappelletti or caplètt,
“Parmesan cheese and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. In the town bakeries, it is possible to find the “erbazzone” and the “chizze”, in the pastry shops, the “spongata”, the traditional rice cake and the “biscione”.