Campagnola Emilia is located in the area once belonging to the Canossa family (IX century), the monastery of Frassinoro and the Da Correggio family (XIV-XVII centuries). The construction of the village, begun in 1621 by Siro d'Austria, increased its importance.
In the heart of the town is Piazza Roma, which maintains the regular XVI-century layout, with the parish church dedicated to Saints Protasio and Gervasio to the north, two sides of similar houses and porticoes, a space to the west for Villa Schiattarini, later Conti-Cottafavi, and the Town Hall, a modified XVII-century building, on the opposite side of the church.
At around 1.5 km from the town centre is the Church of S. Andrea, in Romanesque style, with frescoes from the XV century.
To the northeast of the town is the Abbey of Campagnola dedicated to the Holy Trinity; founded in the XII century, it is one of the most important in the Reggio Emilia territory of that time. Today, of the entire building remains only a modest small church, built out of the right nave of the church and placed inside a Rural Court.
The farming village is well-known for the delicious Ciccioli (Pork Cracklings); it is also famous for the Vinegar Cellars, the Lambrusco Reggiano Wineries and the cheese factories that produce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Le Notti del Salame (Salami Nights) - Third weekend of May
Tastings of salami and other pork-based gastronomic products.
Contest between butchers for the title of "salami of the year".
Festival of Saints Gervasio and Protasio - Third weekend of June
Open market, gastronomic stands and products, performances, funfair.
Il Cicciolo d'Oro (Golden Crackling) - Second Sunday of December
Contest between butchers for the production of the best pork crackling and the best super crackling, and at the end of the day, of the best butcher.
Gastronomic stands and stalls with local traditional food products.
In the hamlet of San Bernardino is the San Bernardino Court, (also known as Casa Folloni taken from the name of its current owner), already recorded in the XII century with the name of Villa dei Reatini. The famous Franciscan preacher Saint Bernardino of Siena, extraordinary orator and propagandist of the name and monogram of Jesus, was a guest in the villa. The palace, dating to the Matildic era, was restructured in the XV century with a manor house to the west, a dovecote tower to the north, and a XV-century oratory dedicated to the saint.