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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
Email info@archeosistemi.it
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Opening times

From 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.

Bar Opening times
From Tuesday to Thursday
8.30 am - 2.00 pm.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
8.30 am - 11.00 pm.

Closing day Monday

Opening hours of the Monumental Complex
From Tuesday to Thursday
9.00 am - 1.00 pm.

9.00 am - 1.00 pm.
/ 4.00 pm. - 11.00 pm.

Saturday and Sunday
10.00 am - 1.00 pm
/ 4.00 pm. - 11.00 pm.

Closing day Monday

How to visit

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: Telefono -  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: € 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 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, pastViale 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 is completely different, built about sixty years later by Prospero and Francesco Pacchioni, who adopted a mannerist layout. The Cloisters project was clearly influenced by the model of Palazzo Te in Mantua, designed by Giulio Romano.

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.

Cloisters of San Pietro, outsideCloisters of San Pietro, Big cloisterCloisters of San Pietro, Small cloister


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