Discover Emilia


Discover Emilia

Parma, Reggio Emilia, Piacenza: a virtual tour in a land full of art, culture and flavours.

Many innovations and new technologies offered by Parma Capital of Culture 2020 + 21, together with Piacenza and Reggio Emilia.

Parma App 2020 + 21
The official App of Parma 2020 + 21, free-downloaded from the Play Store and Apple Store, allows you to book visits, choose where to stay or dine, and discover all the area with current exhibitions and monuments.
You can also listen to audio guides and have a queue seat reservation system.
The App allows you to personalize itineraries, involving places of interest, events and gastronomic tour.
You also have the opportunity to immerse yourself into virtual tours of the city, both on the App and on the official website.
For further information:

Immersive Piacenza
Thanks to new, wonderful immersive 3D videos, which allow an unusual experience, most of the jewels of the city are now accessible.
Among these, the Carmine Experience inside the former church of Carmine is created thanks to the technologies of the Open Laboratory hosted there: an interactive and immersive journey into the past, present and future (
The 360 ​​° views of the domes of the Cathedral and the Chirch of Santa Maria of Campagna, in the complexes of San Sisto and of the Collegio Alberoni are instead made by the team of Marco Stucchi (

Reggio Emilia virtual tour
Several palaces and exhibitions of the Reggio Emilia are now visible through virtual tours and Apps.
The Cathedral of Ghiara, a seventeenth century jewel in Emilia, has recently received new LED lighting that has given new prominence to the frescoes of the vaults and to the interiors frescoed made by the best Emilian artists of the time, from Guercino to Ludovico Carracci.
By downloading the dedicated App you can virtually visit directly from your smartphone.
Watch the video of the Cathedral.
The virtual tour of the recently restored cloisters of San Pietro, built in the sixteenth century at the behest of the Benedictine monks around the church of San Pietro, shows both the small and the big cloister: the first one built by Bartolomeo Spani with a typically Renaissance layout, and the second one made by Prospero and Francesco Pacchioni, with a mannerist layout with ashlar walls and niches decorated with statues of Benedictine saints.
Start your visit to the Cloisters of San Pietro.


1. Explore the Food Museums of the province of Parma
A virtual journey into products, harvesting and production techniques until final consumption, and why not, even between ancient castles and lush parks.
With this video (click here) you will discover the eight Food Museums of the province of Parma.
It is also possible to visit them individually through the virtual tours available on the website or by the following links:

2. Visit Emilia Cooking Class with Stefania
Discover and try to cook a typical dish of Visit Emilia, in particular of the city of Reggio Emilia: the Erbazzone Reggiano.
Click here to watch the cooking lesson.


  1. Visit the Castles of Parma, Piacenza and Reggio Emilia
    These lands have numerous castles, most of which have been preserved intact for centuries. Manors with mighty towers, ancient fortified villages or sumptuous palaces and residences with frescoes of the great painters of the sixteenth century as the Parmigianino, until more recent times; a varied landscape between the expanse of the plain and the quiet of the hills, a territory rich in history. Soragna, Castell'Arquato, Fontanellato, Vigoleno, Torrechiara, San Secondo, Colorno, Sala Baganza, Canossa and Bianello, are just some of the places to visit in these areas rich in culture and art.
    Enjoy the images in this video (click here) and let's discover all the castles of Emilia browsing the website:

  2. The small capitals of the Renaissance
    Correggio, Gualtieri, Guastalla, Novellara, Scandiano, San Martino in Rio: they are the six small capitals of the Renaissance in the province of Reggio Emilia. A small area, but great for history and art.
    Correggio, birthplace of one of the greatest artists ever, Antonio Allegri, called the Correggio. Visit Correggio
    Gualtieri, feud of the Bentivoglio of Bologna and village that hosted Antonio Ligabue. Visit Gualtieri
    Scandiano, land of Boiardo, the family of Matteo Maria, author of the Orlando Innamorato. In Scandiano Niccolò dell'Abate painted some scenes of the Eneide, now exhibited in the Estense Gallery of Modena. Visit Scandiano
    Novellara and Guastalla, ruled by two branches of the Gonzaga dynasty. Visit Novellara and Guastalla
    San Martino in Rio, ancient feud of Roberti of Reggio Emilia, his property passed from Estensi to Este, then, from the second half of the 18th century, to Rango d’Aragona. Visit San Martino in Rio
    On the website you can find some videos to start your journey in the smalls capitals of Renaissance and some insights on the wonders that these ancient villages preserve.

  3. Virtual Tour at Antonio Ligabue Museum of Gualtieri
    Through this video (click here) you can make a virtual visit to the Antonio Ligabue Museum where are preserved some of the works that can be seen in the movie "Volevo nascondermi", which tells the story of Ligabue.
    With the victory of the Silver Bear for the best actor, Elio Germano brought on the podium of the Berlin Festival a piece by Emilia: the great roman actor won thanks to his interpretation of Antonio Ligabue (Zurich, 1899 - Gualtieri, 1965), great artist who spent most of his life in Emilia, in Gualtieri, along the banks of the Po.

  4. Visit Emilia with App and Social
    Through the App QuickMuseum you can enter with audioguide in the Seminario Vescovile of Bedonia (Parma) and in the Museum and Archeological Park of Travo (Piacenza).
    "Kronos" Museum in the Cathedral of Piacenza, Abbazia di Bobbio Museum and Museum Collection Mazzolini of Bobbio (Piacenza) communicate their heritage via social media through virtual guided tours made by museum workers (#StorieDalMuseoChiuso), games on knowledge of heritage (#GiochiDArte) and stories of iconographic depictions of saints that provide a final game for children (#QuantiSanti).
    The Geological Museum of Castell’Arquato offers a virtual visit to the hall “Il golfo delle Balene”, dedicated to the cetaceans that populated the Pliocene Gulf and rich in finds of the valleys of Arda, Chiavenna and Ongina from the end of the Eighteenth century. On the website there are some videos of the discoveries of cetaceans in the collection and an audio about the “Nichi” of Leonardo da Vinci.
    With Google Arts and Culture you can visit Musei Civici of Reggio Emilia and those of Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza.
    GiraReggio is an online map where you can take a virtual tour of the historical centre of Reggio Emilia and several thematic itineraries; you can also have 60-degrees views.
    Livello 9 is a virtual museum of '900 of Reggio Emilia: his collection currently contains photos and insights on issues such as Rights, World War I, Friendship Reggio-Africa and Reggiana Football.
    Also in Reggio Emilia, Reggiane Urban Gallery is a virtual gallery, made in spherical photographs, which allows you to discover the works of street art of the ex industrial complex Ufficine Reggiane.

  5. Visit the Maramotti Collection in Reggio Emilia
    The Maramotti Collection, one of the most important Italian collections of contemporary art, based in Reggio Emilia, offers the possibility of a virtual excursion thanks to the video created to allow everyone to see the museum from home.

  6. "Parma Ritrovata"
    The cultural productions of Parma have set up a website where you can enjoy the city’s culture while staying comfortably at home, waiting for Parma Italian Capital of Culture 2021.

  7. Visit Piacenza staying at home
    Piacenza presents its initiatives online, to be able to visit the beauties of the city respecting the restrictive measures, without moving from home.
    - virtual tour at Cupola del Pordenone - Basilica di S. Maria di Campagna
    - virtual tour at Cupola del Guercino - Kronos Museum
    - virtual tour at Cattedrale di Piacenza
    - virtual tour at Civic Museum of Natural History.

  8. Virtual Exposition "Anthropocene. Sensitive paths"
    Download the PDF of the project by Ugo Locatelli, a reflection on the present and future of our planet and the relationship between man and environment.

  9. Reggio Emilia's Theatres in streaming 
    Waiting to reopen the city’s theatres, Reggio Emilia offers live shows and events in streaming. 
  10. Music without borders
    The Youth Orchestra Luigi Cherubini shares a musical pill daily through videos (shot strictly from home) published on the social pages of the Municipal Theatre of Piacenza.