The art and the tricolor


The art and the tricolor

Reggio Emilia is the city of the Tricolor and has its flag in the field of food and wine and culture

Surrounded by Matildic Castles and Renaissance villages, it is also crossed by the echoes of the cinematographic ideological battles between Don Camillo and Peppone. Reggio Emilia is the town of the Tricolor, which has its current flag in the theme of food and wine and culture, launching an invitation to continue on the Destination Emilia route, losing itself in the rocks and flavors, floating with the imagination on the waters of the Po.

Built in the late 1400s, the Broletto embodies the charm of the mysterious passage almost entirely line covered in the heart of Reggio Emilia; where the eighteenth-century decorations and a procession of shops and clubs connects Piazza Prampolini and Piazza San Prospero, home to a weekly market that boasts the splendid setting enclosed between the neoclassical facade of the ancient patronal church, the neoclassical suggestions of urban architecture and the Madonna and Child who, from the Duomo tower, seems to dominate and protect all the underlying humanity with its triumphal expression. The result of numerous changes made since its construction around 857, the Duomo was reopened to the public in 2010, in a renewed guise and enhanced by works by contemporary artists such as Ettore Spalletti, Hidetoshi Nagasawa and Claudio Parmiggiani, called to offer a personal interpretation of the synthesis and dialogue between past and present. Particularly valuable, inside, an Assumption of the Virgin Mary with enthroned St. Peter and St. Jerome attributed to Guercino.

Crossing the Broletto, you reach Piazza Prampolini - for Reggiani citizens also known as Piazza Grande - where, to show itself in all its historical pride is the Baptistery of San Giovanni Battista, a Latin cross building dating back to the 12th century with a Renaissance style facade at the end of the fifteenth century it houses of the fresco with Baptism of Christ by Francesco Caprioli. As a curious point of contact between the sacred and the profane, the references for commercial measures outside are traditionally the origin of the famous saying "Saint John does not want to deceive”.

Creative town and homeland of the poet Ludovico Ariosto, Reggio Emilia speaks also through its own places dedicated to the representation of live entertainment, among which stands out the Romolo Valli Municipal Theater, part of a large complex set on a space of about 4 thousand square meters.

Marginally affected by the earthquake of 2012, the small independent lordships that surrounded the town, today are villages and towns still steeped in a proud and noble history of art and culture, which can be found in Scandiano - county of the family that gave the name and blood to the Boiardo - Gualtieri, Novellara and Guastalla - governed respectively by the Bentivoglio and by various branches of the Gonzagas - Correggio and San Martino in Rio. From these courts, arrived in Reggio Emilia artists like Antonio Allegri (Correggio), to whom is attributed the Holy Night destined to San Prospero, Nicolo dell'Abate and Lelio Orsi, one among the most significant personalities of Italian Mannerism.

In the context of a tourism outside the large and saturated canonical routes, the town and its enchanting province are proposed as a starting point for discovering the amazing and secret wealth of a minor Italy, but only in size, which guards authentic jewels of art and history.