On the set of Emilia's ciak ... in Reggio Emilia


On the set of Emilia's ciak ... in Reggio Emilia

A cinematographic itinerary in the province of Reggio Emilia

Although the chapter of the saga directed by Mario Camerini in 1972 moved the entire town to San Secondo Parmense (PR), everyone knows that the eternal story of love and hate between Don Camillo and Peppone takes place in the squares and streets of Brescello (RE).

"Il Mondo piccolo" described by Giovannino Guareschi, the figures of the parish priest and the mayor, identified - despite the various interpreters - with Fernandel and Gino Cervi, the bell tower, the companions, and the faithful: everything happens and moves mainly within the confines of the small municipality in the province of Reggio Emilia.
In the central square - today accompanied by the statues of the two protagonists - they continue to face each other, in an emblematic way, the City Hall and the Church of Santa Maria Nascente, which preserves the famous talking crucifix.
A few steps away, the monastic complex of San Benedetto, is the home of the "Peppone and Don Camillo Museum" where the film's objects are kept, such as Peppone's motorcycle, Don Camillo's order dress and their bicycles, but also photographs taken during filming, posters and reconstructions of some locations. Restored thanks to the volunteers of the pro-loco, the locomotive, which many times made us enter and leave the village, is located in the park dedicated to Guareschi; while a "substitute" for the tank, that appears in "Don Camillo and the On . Peppone ”, peacefully rests in Piazza Mingori, near the “Museo Brescello e Guareschi – Il Territorio e il cinema”.

Brescello is a true extended set, with many cinematic clues, such as the chapel of the “Madonnina del Borghetto” and the bell made by Peppone in the episode "Don Camillo Monsignore ... but not too much", now hanging under the arcade of Via Giglioli. About Peppone, the mayor's house and the balcony for the display of his son, is located along via Carducci, whereas the railway station - practically unchanged - is always at the end of Viale Venturini.

Obviously, there are not only Don Camillo and Peppone. This area has also inspired Pietro Germi - author of "Il Cammino della speranza", set in Campegine (RE), Luciano Ligabue with "Radiofreccia", set in Correggio, and Federico Fellini with "La voce della luna", set in Novellara.

For info: 
Destinazione Turistica Emilia - Iat di Reggio Emilia
Tel. 0522 451152. 
E-mail: iat@municipio.re.it