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Benedictine San Pietro Cloisters

The two Cloisters belonged to the Benedictine Monks who used to officiate in the adjacent San Pietro Church. The San Pietro Cloisters have been closed to the public since February 20, 2021.

Address and contacts

Via Emilia San Pietro, 44/c - 42121 Reggio nell'Emilia
Email info@archeosistemi.it
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Opening times

Since October 24, 2019 the San Pietro Cloisters have been reopened to the town.

The new spaces host the Open Laboratory, the coffee bar and the Co-Working Space. More info.

Coffee bar opening times
7.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

7.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. / 4.00 - 11.00 p.m.

Opening hours of the Monumental Complex
4.00 p.m. -  6.00 p.m.

10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Closing day: Monday.

According to the Covid-19 health emergency the tours of the San Pietro Cloisters will be suspended until March 5, 2021. The coffee bar is also closed.


There are 4 different areas:

Art in Cloisters: cultural exhibitions and international events.

Lab in Cloisters: place for the development of cooperation and dialogue between different worlds.

Work in Cloisters: new co-working space for young professionals, freelance and smartworkers who want to produce innovative ideas.

Food in Cloisters: refreshment area, true and genuine, for breakfasts, snacks, cocktails and lunches.


Servizi: l’esperienza dei Chiostri di San Pietro è arricchita da visite guidate, attività laboratoriali e didattiche per favorire nei giovani e negli adulti la fruizione e la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale in un’ottica inclusiva e partecipativa.
Accessibilità: sia il complesso monumentale dei Chiostri di San Pietro sia il Laboratorio Aperto sono accessibili alle persone con disabilità e difficoltà motorie, grazie all’ausilio di ascensori e rampe dedicate. È possibile l’accesso allo spazio con passeggini e carrozzine, salvo particolari ed occasionali restrizioni dovute alla natura delle opere esposte.
Spazi a disposizione: i Chiostri di San Pietro offrono a enti pubblici e privati, aziende, associazioni, l’opportunità di organizzare mostre, esposizioni, eventi, attività per il lancio e lo sviluppo di progetti innovativi e ad alto impatto sociale.

How to visit

Possibility of guided tours with fee for groups of 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: Phone0039 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: € 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, keeping the distance among visitors of at least 1 metre and avoiding gatherings. Visitors will have to wear the face mask during the whole tour.
At the ticket office/reception: entrance of one person at a time.

How to get there

Reggio nell'Emilia - town centre

From the Railway Station, past Viale IV Novembre, turn into Via Emilia San Pietro from Piazzale Tricolore; follow this street for about 150 metres, then turn right, just before the San Pietro Church.

Historical notes

The small Cloister was completed in 1524 by Bartolomeo Spani and Leonardo Pacchioni, with typical Renaissance design. The big Cloister is completely different, built about sixty years later by Prospero and Francesco Pacchioni, who adopted a mannerist design. The project was clearly influenced by the model of Mantua-based Palazzo Te, designed by Giulio Romano.

It is possible to see several paintings, but unfortunately many decorations were covered by a layer of lime in the Fifties. The big Cloister has an imposing layout, with the high loggia running along the length of the façades, decorated with statues and windows.

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