Reggio Emilia and surroundings
Nights suggested: 2
Quality of life at the top. Many ideas for the weekend. The clean with no frills city is just the first of many impressions that are taking place during your visit in Reggio Emilia. For your weekends, browse our collection of hotels in Emilia-Romagna.
From where to start? From the Museo del Tricolore. The green white and red Italian flag was born right here on January 7, 1797. The museum, in Piazza Prampolini, collects memorabilia of the Napoleonic era and the Risorgimento events (tel. 0522 456033). Overlooking Piazza Prampolini - Piasa Granda in Reggiano dialect - you will see the Cathedral and the Town Hall. Pass under the arcades of Via Broletto to get to Piazza san Prospero, also known as Little Square: beside being the set of the twice a week market, this triangular space houses the magnificent Baroque of San Prospero Basilica, dedicated to the patron saint .
Temporary exhibitions of Palazzo Magnani, at number 29 of Corso Cavour, are another good landing place for art lovers (tel. 0522 444446). If you love the contemporary, walk through the doors of the former Max Mara factory, just outside the city center: the Maramotti Collection has hundreds of works from 1945 to the present, from Pop Art to the Transavanguard (tel. 0522 382484).
The best places for an aperitif is between Corso Garibaldi, Piazza San Prospero and Fontanesi Square. Some names? Deseo Café, small fashionable and bright, the Cafe Garibaldi, on the homonymous course, the Republic and the Lord Nelson, for beer lovers.
From Piazza San Prospero, in less than a five minutes walk, you can reach Piazza Martyrs of July VII, the square of reggiani theaters. The most important is the Teatro Valli, for opera performances and concerts - in 1961 there began Luciano Pavarotti. Opposite stands the Teatro Ariosto, the second city stage, dedicated to prose seasons. Do you like photography? Until 15 June in the historic center of Reggio find events of the ninth edition of European Photography, a wide-field image contemporary trail (tel. 456 532 0522).
With the arrival of spring, it is worth exploring the surroundings of the city. The walk to the Rivalta Palace is one of the most beautiful - are little more than 5 km from Corso Garibaldi. Built in the early eighteenth century, the Palace was demolished in the centuries: it remains only a wing and the large park.
Would you like to spend an afternoon among castles, churches and historic towns? Just give it up among the Lands of Matilde, at the foot of the Reggio Apennines. Starting from Ciano d'Enza, you will meet first the impressive Rossena Castle, one of the best preserved of all the province - is to guard the eponymous hamlet, poised on a cliff of volcanic red rock.
Do you know the expression Going to Canossa? It was born from forgiveness asked by Emperor Henry IV to Pope Gregory VII in 1077. The reconciliation between the two was thanks to the Countess Matilda. The ruins of the Castle of Canossa, set of the event, are still there, perched on a rocky outcrop sandstone,in the homonym municipality of the lower Apennines Reggiano - the local museum has a model with the reconstruction of the manor scale (tel. 0522 877 104 ).
From Canossa climb the road to Castelnovo ne 'Monti. Some kilometers away you will see the Pietra di Bismantova, a narrow rocky plateau, ancient by 15 million years, with steep walls in the shape of a ship - Dante quoted it in the Divine Comedy. If you want to have an amazing view, follow the hiking trail departing from Campolungo: in just two and a half hours you will have reached the summit of the big monolith. A final not bad for your weekend.