Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: Reggio Emilia is a pleasant town in Norther Italy, in Emilia-Romagna region. It was founded by Romans many years B.C. and has now 150.000 inhabitants. It's world known because of its fantastic "grana" cheese Parmiggiano Reggiano, its delicious traditional balsamic vinegar and because of its wonderful kindergardens. In the early '90s the American magazine Newsweek has recognize Reggio Emilia's kindergardens (I mean schools up to 6 years) as to be THE BEST IN THE WORLD. To know much more about why, please refer to "REGGIO CHILDREN", an organisation which promotes Reggio Emilia's education system all around the world.
Favorite thing: Reggio is old and interesting town and has a lack of tourists. You can't see souvenire shops on every corner. It was difficult even to find postcards!
Fondest memory: Sunday. Almost empty green square. Letter to my fiance....