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Benedictine Cloisters of San Pietro

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

Address and contacts

Via Emilia San Pietro 44/C - 42121 Reggio nell'Emilia
chiostrisanpietro@comune.re.it
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Opening times

On the occasion of the exhibition "Portrait of a Lady" it will be also possible to visit the San Pietro Cloisters, recently renovated. The new spaces host the Open Laboratory and the Co-Working Space> More info

Opening times:

  • from Tuesday to Thursday: from 9.30am to 7.00pm
  • from Friday to Sunday from 8.30 to 24.00
  • closed on Monday.


Free tour
The first floor of the Cloisters can be visited freely (excluding the rooms that host the current exhibitions) from Tuesday to Friday 10-13 and 15-19. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10-19. Closed on Mondays. Special openings: December 26th and January 6th: 10 am-7pm; January 1: 15-19; closed on 23, 24, 25 and 31 December.


Guided tours for organized groups upon reservation:
- any day and any time, upon agreements and prior to 5-day advance notice, for groups from minimum 10 people to maximum 30 people
- info: Archeosistemi phone 0039.0522.1540823; e-mail: info@archeosistemi.it.
- cost: Euros 80.00.

Entrance fees

According to the on going events

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.