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Correggio

It is one of the largest and populous town in the Province after the chief town (km 18 from Reggio Emilia).

Information and contacts

Altitude: 31 m.
Inhabitants: 25,931 (updated to January 1, 2015).
Post code: 42015.
Patron Saint: San Quirino (June 4).
Weekly market day: Wednesday.
Phone 0039 0522 630711
Website Municipality of Correggio

How to get there

By car
Driving along the A22 Modena-Brennero motorway, exiting at the Carpi tollbooth and following the road signs to Correggio (then following the main road 468 to the south);
From A1 Milan-Bologna motorway, Reggio Emilia exit: follow the road signs to Carpi-Correggio (main road 468 to the north).

By train
The closest railway stations to Correggio are Reggio Emilia (about 20 km) and Carpi (about 7 km).

By bus
From Reggio Emilia, Piazzale Europa: bus No. 43 or No. 82.

Location

Correggio is the most important town after the administrative centre, Reggio Emilia, and is located about 20 km north of it.

Historical notes

Already inhabited in Roman and Longobard times, since the XI century the town has been a feudal land of the family from which it takes its name: the Da Correggio family, which competed with the Visconti and Este families between the XIV and XV centuries, also becoming lords of Parma for a short time. The Da Correggio family, after the original feudal grant, got Correggio recognized as a county in 1452 and a town in 1599. Their court attracted poets and intellectuals, such as Ariosto, the Bembo, Aretino, all guests of the counts. The Court of Correggio was very well-known in the Po River Valley at that time and reached its peak with Nicolò Da Correggio (1450-1508), Veronica Gambara (1485-1550) and the painter Antonio Allegri (1489/1494-1534), called "The Correggio". In 1616 Correggio was elevated to the rank of principality. In 1630 Siro, Prince of Correggio, lost his feudal rights to tht, then seized by the Duke of Modena.

Important characters born in Correggio include, among others, the painter Antonio Allegri, the musician Bonifazio Asioli (1769-1832), the sculptress Carmela Adani (1899-1965), the marathon runner Dorando Pietri (1885-1942), the writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli (1955-1991), the flautist Andrea Griminelli (December 13, 1959) and the rocker Luciano Ligabue (March 13, 1960).

Reasons to visit

The porticoed streets and the evocative views reveal the historical role of the town. Worth seeing in the well-preserved historical centre, which contains the districts of Castelvecchio, Borgovecchio and Borgonuovo, are the Correggio Civic Museum containing the masterpiece by Andrea Mantegna, “The Redeemer”, and the cycle of superb tapestries from the Brussels school, the San Quirino Church (XVI century), the monument to Correggio, the Civic Tower, the San Francesco Church, the Fortress (with remains of the Medieval walls), the Correggio Art Home, documentation centre on Antonio Allegri, Palazzo Cattini (or Clock Palace) and the neoclassical Asioli Theatre, still active.

Not to be missed

The Palazzo dei Principi, with its refined Renaissance architecture and Ferrara style, in which the work of Biagio Rossetti is visible, is also worth a visit. It also hosts the municipal library, with precious incunabula and editions from the XVI to XVIII centuries.

with its refined Renaissance architecture and Ferrara style, in which the work of Biagio Rossetti is visible, is also worth a visit. It also hosts the municipal library, with precious incunabula and editions from the XVI to XVIII centuries.

 

Entertainment

The town’s cultural life is focused on the Asioli Theatre seasons, the Correggio Art Home, the Giorgio Einaudi Municipal Library, which also hosts the Pier Vittorio Tondelli Documentation Centre.

What to eat

The Correggio Scarpasot is a savoury pie that obtained the DeCo mark (denomination of municipal origin) in 2012. It differs from the Erbazzone Reggiano because it is made without pastry (either puff or brisé pastry), which makes it even tastier.

Events

San Giuseppe Festival-Correggio in Flower. Third weekend of March.
Local market with stalls and exhibition of typical gastronomic and craft products.

San Quirino Festival. First weekend of June.
Art, exhibitions, performance, food and wine, sport, local market with stalls and exhibition of typical gastronomic and craft products.

San Luca Festival. Third weekend of October.
Local market with stalls and exhibition of typical gastronomic and craft products.

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