Ramada Reggio Emilia Hotel
Via Danubio 7, Reggio Emilia, 42100, Italy
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An image from the film
The path formely was a mule track
Reggio Emilia's location
pic from Trekki
Travel Tips for Reggio Emilia
Ballet schools and ballet companies in Italy are normally connected to the great opera theatres like the Scala in Milan. However there is another place where ballet is at home, and this is Reggio Emilia. It may suprise you that a small city has two ballet companies, and two ballet schools that are both famous.
One was created by a private initiative in 1977, and it is still run by its founder Liliana Cosi with Marinel Stefanescu. Their ballet company, called Compagnia del Balletto Classico, has a long list of successful productions that have gone on tours in Italy and abroad. They have created also a ballet school that has a great reputation.
Besides this Reggio Emilia is the home, since 1979, of the Aterballetto, another important ballet company that until a few years ago was by a regional foundation, and now by a national one. So don't be surprised if, in some theatre in Italy or somewhere in Europe, you happen to see a classic ballet from Reggio Emilia.
Hiking in the Appenin hills off the Enza valley
There are endless possibilities to hike around Reggio Emilia. A short Sunday morning alternative is this:
Today we went up the Enza Valley to do a 3,5 hour hike. The tour starts in the small hamlet of Scalucchia and is designed as a round trip which touches Spigone, Pineto, Legoreccio and Crovara to return to the point where you started.
It is of medium difficulty, which essentially means that there are three a bit challenging ascending slopes, which are perfectly feasible, even if you are not trained. The slopes are maximum 200 m in length and pass through the forest and through grasses.
The whole trail is signed with red-white stripes and if you buy a map look for "Il sentiero dei Ducati" and route number 670. The whole trail is less than 10 km. Hiking or nordic walking shoes, water, a snack (bars, fruit, hard boiled egg etc), if you want nordic walking sticks.
Depending on the season a sun hat, sun glasses, a fleece and a water proof jacket can be useful.
Visit an "acetaia"
Balsamic Vinegar is a sort of godness' nectar. I mean the Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, which costs years of patience and work, not regular Aceto Balsamico, which can be found in every supermarket in the world for fews euros. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale is produced in both provinces of Reggio Emilia and Modena. There are a slight difference, but they are both excellent products. All producers in Reggio Emilia has to join the "Consorzio", which is an organization tutoring the imagine of the Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale of Reggio Emilia and classifies it in three categories: lobster, silver and gold. To get a lobster label, the Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale must be aged for at least 12 years for the other two at least 25 years. Said that, it can be very interesting for a foreign to visit one of the magic place where this goodness' nectar is produced. Agriturismo Il Cavazzone (see one of my Hotel tip in Reggio Emilia) is surely one of the biggest and really worths a visit (arrangeable with a phone call).
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