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Benedictine Cloisters of San Pietro

The two Cloisters belonged to the Benedictine Monks who used to officiate in the adjacent Saint Peter Church.

Address and contacts

Via Emilia San Pietro 44/C - 42121 Reggio nell'Emilia
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Opening times

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Opening times from June 19, 2020
Tuesday-Friday 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.; Friday 4.00 - 11.00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 - 7.00 p.m.; closed Monday.

Possibility of guided tours with fee by Cooperativa Archeosistemi for groups of maximum 10 people (until end of Covid-19 health emergency), upon mail request (not later than 3 previous working days) at the following address: info@archeosistemi.it. Info: phone 0039.0522.1540823 (Monday-Friday 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 - 6.30 p.m.). People who will book the tour will be asked to communicate name, surname, phone and mail for traceability reasons. Cost: Euros 50.00 Vat tax free (price valid until end of Covid-19 health emergency).
Tour duration:
about 45 minutes. Tour: introduction in the outside, in the garden in front of the main entrance; small Cloister; Hall ex cappellina and Hall 1820; big Cloister; Seven halls.

Entrance fees

Free entrance with no ticket, for the free tour, keeping the distance among visitors of at least 1 metre and avoiding gatherings. Visitors will have to wear the mask during the whole tour. At the ticket office/reception: entrance of one person at a time.

How to get there

The Cloisters are located in the town centre of Reggio Emilia.
From the railway station, past viale IV Novembre, turn into via Emilia San Pietro from Piazzale Tricolore; follow this street for about 150 m then turn right, just before Saint Peter Church.

Historical notes

The small Cloister was completed in 1524 by Bartolemeo Spani and by Leonardo Pacchioni and is of typical renaissance design. The large Cloister was built in 1584 by Prospero and Francesco Pacchioni. A number of paintings can be seen but unfortunately many of the decorations were covered by a layer of lime in the 1950's. The large Cloister presents an imposing setting, with the high loggia running along the length of the facades, densely decorated with statues and windows. In the Cloister's interior you can also see the Memorial for the Victims of the Risorgimento and of the 1st World war, as well as the historic Cavalry Force Room.