Reggio Emilia Things to Do

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    Hiking Monte Orsaro - Prati di Sara

    by Ina08 Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    When it is really hot in the plains around Reggio Emilia people either escape to the beach or to the mountains. An excursion to Monte Orsaro can provide respite from the heat, a great weekend sleeping over in one of the huts, a great 4 hour return hike up to the Prati di Sara with a view on the Cusna (one of the highest mountains in this area) and great food in one of the huts in the National Parks of the Appenin mountains.
    Lots of other hikes start from there as well, so you have many possibilities to explore the area trekking along the routes signed with the red and white stripes by the mountaineering club (CAI). see the list here: http://www.rifugiomonteorsaro.it/html/attivita.html

    You reach the place by car (and can park right there without even the need to hike, if you are only interested in eating and enjoying the lawn) and it is great for families, couples of all ages and groups of friends. No problem at all if you are a single traveller as well.
    Things to do apart from hiking:
    Quadriding, Horseriding, Bikeriding, Observatory, Swimming pool, alpine skiing, snow shoe walking (for contact number use the link above)

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    Short walk on the hills

    by Ina08 Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    If you want to do a short walk on the hills close to the city the circular tour from Puianello to Monte Cavolo is off the road and quite scenic. The whole walk is about 2,5 hours and if you time the trip you can stop at Monte Baducco for lunch and to admire one of the biggest, if not the biggest donkey farm in Italy. See tip (http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/212f0a/)

    When you get off the bus, go to the roundabout and turn left. Pass the bar on the left and walk to the gelateria (on the left). Here you take the road that leads up to the church and the cemetery. At the cemetery follow the post which say "Canossa". Follow the path and enjoy the view from the top. Once you reach a tarmac road follow it to the right. After about 200 m there there is an intersection, turn left into the path through the wood. After about 5 minutes walk you exit the wood and see a path going down (and maybe you hear the donkeys). Follow the path and stop at the donkey farm to see lots of different donkeys.

    If you want to continue walk to the road (where the sign post to Monte Baducco is), cross the street and follow the road to the Eremo San Michele. Once you arrive on top pass the building on the right side and take the path down on the right. Follow the path to the tarmac road and there turn right. Follow the road down the hill and when you reach the main road turn left, down two streets and then right. Continue straight and when you reach the main road turn left in the direction of Puianello. Here you have to take the side walk along the street to Puianello, which is probably the least nice part.

    How to get there:

    By bus from Reggio take the overland bus to Castelnuovo Monti and get off in Puianello. The same bus takes you back to the city. Timetable here: http://www.actre.it/muoversi_pubblici/docact/E.3B44.pdf

    By car take the ss 63 to Castelnuovo Monti/La Spezia and turn right when you reach the roundabout in Puianello. There is a parking area on the left side immediately after turning.

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    Donkey farm & lunch

    by Ina08 Written Aug 17, 2011

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    Monte Baducco is not only one of the biggest donkey farms in Italy, it also is a Agriturismo (farm stay) and restaurant.
    A fun place to stay with kids, do some walks and enjoy the summer swimming pool "La Favorita" with its slide.

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    European Photo Festival

    by PALLINA Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    2008, exibition in Ariosto theater's Sala Verdi
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    Reggio Emilia's municipality has been organizing the European Photos Festival for some years, gathering many exibitions of artists coming from all over Europe. It starts usually at the end of April with a week in which all exibitions are open untill 11 pm but they go on until Mid June with more regular timetables. Moreover, on the "Notte Bianca" (a Saturday at the end of May) all exibitions are open and free. In fact, some of the them are always free while for some others you have to pay 6,- euros. Pls note, it's better to buy a comulative ticket for 10,- euros which allows you in every exibitions until Mid June. For people living here, it's also a great opportunity to visit historical palaces otherwise hidden.

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    Amazing: SANTUARIO DELLA MADONNA DELLA GHIARA

    by PALLINA Updated Feb 16, 2010

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    Nothing in comparison with bigger cities, but in Italy every town can offer a good selection of churches. To have the Vatican state inside our own border has also a bit of advantages (sorry for the anticlerical comment). The Santuario is the biggest church in all Emilia Romagna region but it's not our cathedral. It is located in Corso Garibaldi, once called "Corso della Ghiara" because, in very old times (500 years ago more or less) our little river called Crostolo was used to be there. Then, it was "moved" outside the town's walls so, in the river's bed, a lot of little stones (ghiaia in Italian) were there. The legend tells about a miracle, on May 8th 1597, in which a deaf and mute boy asked to Mother Mary for a miracle and was listened. After such a miracle, a lot of pilgrims come there and after, such an inponent church were built. The exterior is not so worthseeing but the interior is amazing. If you visit it during the fair called "Giareda" (the week before Sep. 8), every altars is decorated with flowers' bunches. It's an annual competitions among Reggio's flowers' sellers.

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    the first thing to do is...

    by PALLINA Updated Feb 16, 2010

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    to go to the tourist information office, recently set up in the central Via Farini. They will suggest you everything, from the place to stay (there are some bed and breakfast in Reggio but I am not writing tips about it because I've never seen them) to the things to visit and happenings worth to be attended. They give you also some complimentary paper material.

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    Il Mauriziano

    by i-bella Written Feb 16, 2010

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    Ludovico Ariosto is, I think, the greatest man from Reggio Emilia. Born in 1474, he was a playwright and the author of an epic poem “Orlando Furioso” that had a big advantage on all the other obligatory readings in school: it was fun to read.
    His house still exists and is an interesting example of the architecture of its time, surrounded by a nice park. It is known as “Il Mauriziano” and it is used very often for cultural events.

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    The Cathedral

    by i-bella Written Feb 16, 2010

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    In the 5th century Reggio was already a bishop’s seat and there are archeological findings proving that there was a church in the 6th century in the place where the present cathedral is situated. The cathedral we see now was built around the year 1000 and was later modified, with enlargements and additions. It is smallish in size and it is very harmoniously situated in a square and a surrounding area that still maintain the size and proportions that were typical of the middle age, and where it is very pleasant to walk leisurely.

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    Teatro Ariosto

    by i-bella Written Feb 15, 2010

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    Reggio has a beautiful and famous theatre named "Teatro Valli", but it has also another one, the Teatro Ariosto. It is much smaller, but it is also beautiful.
    The exterior is in a neoclassical style, and the interior is really cute. It looks like a toy because of its size, but it is very charming.
    It is used frequently for plays, although the "Valli" is used more often, and it is used also for lectures, book presentations and other similar events.

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    Visit an "acetaia"

    by PALLINA Updated Jan 28, 2009

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    From agriturismo Cavazzone's website

    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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    Theater Romolo Valli

    by PALLINA Updated Jan 10, 2009

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    Its former name Teatro Municipale was turned to the new name not many years ago. But we still call it with the old names (this is typical perhaps everywhere but here especially. everything is called with former names). It's more or less 150 years old so just few years before Italy's reunion (1860). The style is neoclassical, as you can see but the interior feels some baroque influences, as every church in Reggio does. It is our biggest teather and it's really worthseeing also inside, if you have the chance. The square where the teather lies took advantage of great requalification works during 2008; now a group of 70 fountains make the exterior of theater very lively, especially by night.

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    Sala del Tricolore

    by PALLINA Updated Jan 10, 2009

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    Such a huge ambience was crated by Ludovico Bolognini with the aim to build an archive space for the Este Family, which reigned Reggio until Italy's unification in 1860.
    It dates back to 16th century and, on Jan 7, 1797, gave birth to the Italian Flag, the "Tricolore". Now it is the hall where town coucil meets. Except for the meeting days, you can go and visit it for free. If you are lucky, you'll find a wedding ceremony also. From the staircase, a beautiful view from the square. The tricolore museum is also worthseeing. If you are in Reggio on Jan 7, do not miss the flag's celebration.

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    Sagra della Giareda

    by PALLINA Written Jan 3, 2009

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    Sagra della Giareda occurs every year and lasts 4-5 days, ending always on Sep.8th. It celebrates a miracle, happened in 1597 (more or less), following which a dumb and deaf boy could hear and speak again. In the place where the boy was standing, the Santuario della Madonna della Ghiara was built. The first celebration of such a miracles were held for the entire month of May, every year until 1870 (more or less) where most of the fair exibitions were destroyed by a snow storm (very unusual here for May). In the last decades the celebrations began again, but in September. (Sep.8th is a religious day bound to Mother Mary somehow).
    Corso Garibaldi (the avenue where the Santuario is) in those days is pedestrian area and there are plenty of handcrafts and everything's vendors. Moreover, in the Santuario there is a contest of flowers decoration.
    In the same time, not in the Old City Centre but reachable from there with special buses in 10 minutes, there is FestaReggio (beginning more or less at the end of August until mid Sep.). It was born as fesival of the left side party of the town, but actually now there are plenty of everything with shows, concerts, exihibitions and restaurants.

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    Take a look of Calatrava's bridges

    by PALLINA Written Dec 10, 2008

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    from the site www.urbanlife.it

    The famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been in charge to design a series of bridges in the south of the town, where freeway and railway run. The result is made up from three amazing and huge white bridges called "Le Vele" (=sailing boats), which have become another symbol of town. You can admire them simply driving the A1 (Milan-Neapel) at the exit Reggio Emilia or simply sitting on the high speed train (which will stop in Reggio Emilia as well in the future. STarting from December 2008, the high speed train just runs from Milan to Bologna)

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    Teatro Valli

    by Manara Updated Apr 2, 2008

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    The Teatro Valli, formerly Teatro Municipale, was renamed after an actor from Reggio, Romolo Valli. He was a very good actor, but he was really famous only in Italy. However he was in some movies of international fame, such as “The Garden of the Finzi Contini”, where he played the protagonist’s father, and Visconti’s “The Leopard”.
    The theatre is one of the most beautiful opera theatres in Italy, one of those where the gilded interiors are very often more scenic that the scenes on the stage.
    Most of these theatres are rather uninteresting outside, but the Teatro Valli is an exception. In fact it has a beautiful neo-classical facade, complete with a row of statues. Also the fact of having a park as a background helps it look so nice.

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