Shops opening times
In Reggio there are not many tourists so shops usually close for lunch time. If you want to go shopping on lunch time, you have to go to big supermarket or shopping malls, but they are generally outside the old town (the biggest are L'Ariosto and I Petali, both not far from motorway exit and from the football stadion). Please consider they usually open at 9.30 at and close at 12.30 (or 1 pm). They will open again at 3.50 until 7.30 more or less (usually 4 pm to 8 pm during summer).
On Sat. afternoon everything is open and it's our favourite shopping day. On Sundays they open always in the 4 Sundays before Xmas and in other special occasions.
Basilica della Ghiara
The Church of Ghiara was built to house a painting by Lelio Orsi on the subject of the Madonna in adoration of her Son. The painting is special because a mute boy regained his sight and hearing after praying in front of it.
Reggio Emilia: my home town
"Photo European Exibition from until June 12!"
My home town is really lovely. But, since Italy has really a lot of masterpieces to offer, an Italian town has to be outstandingly beautiful to be taken into consideration by foreigners. The most of you, thinking about Italy, think immediately to Rome, Florence, Venice. Actually, although the above mentioned are surely the most fabolous, there are many other spots worthing a visit. Reggio Emilia is one of this, located in the Po plan, 60 km far from Bologna and more or less 190 km south-est from Milan. It could be a nice stop if you have been in Florence and you must come back to Malpensa Airport, for example.
We are about 150.000 inhabitants in the town, reaching 250.000 considering also its province. The unemployment rate is nearly zero. (actually was nearly zero...before 2008!) . Our economy, formely based on agricoluture (do not forget we are in the PO plan), is now based on industries trasforming agricolture products but also mechanics, textiles and ceramic tiles.
"But I have forgotten to point out the reasons..."
1. You will not find tourists and all disadvantages to be in a very popular destination
2. We are in the middle of the "Food Valley": food is great in every place
3. People are very friendly because we are not used to tourist. Ok...most of the people do not speak English. Refer especially to younger people.
4. You can visit the "Sala del Tricolore", where the Italian Flag was born in 1797.
5. You can buy the best parmesan cheese, traditional balsamic vinegar and Parma ham you have ever tried.
6. You can see three masterpieces of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava: the fabolous three white bidges (motorway exit A1).
7. WE HAVE THE BEST KINDERGARTENS OF THE WORLD!!! If you are a teacher, you have surely already heard about our pre-school system.
8. European Photo Exibitions normally in May-June. pls check www.fotografiaeuropea.it
"Parmesan cheese "Parmiggiano Reggiano""
As everybody thinks it was born in Parma, it was produced for the first time in Bibbiano, a small village in Reggio province. Accordingly to the Parmiggiano Reggiano "corporation" it is possible to produce it among the province of Piacenza and Bologna (so not only in Reggio and in Parma but also in Piacenza, Modena and Bologna), southern of the PO river and norther of the Appeninnes. It depends not only on the location but also on the type of cows and their food, which has to be under the approvation of the corporation.
When you buy Parmesan cheese, pay attention to the trade mark of its corporation "Parmiggiano Reggiano".