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Reggio nell'Emilia

A people-friendly sized town at the top of the rankings as one of the most prosperous and liveable towns in Italy: renowned for the quality of its services and the industry and wits of its citizens.


Altitude: 58 m
Inhabitants: 172.139 (updated to December 2018)
Dialling code: 0522
Postal code Town centre District: 42121
Postal code West District: postal code 42124
Postal code South District: postal code 42123
Postal code North-East District: postal code 42122
Patron Saint: San Prospero (November 24)
Weekly market day: Tuesday and Friday mornings
Farmer market: Saturday morning


Telefono -  Phone 0039 0522 451152
- Tourist Information
Email iat@comune.re.it
Sito web - Website IAT

How to get there

A1 Motorway - SS69, SS63, SS467, SS468 roads - Railway Station

The town, enclosed by the peripheral districts arranged in the hexagon shape of the old ring road (corresponding to the perimetre of the ancient town walls) lies on the Via Emilia, adjoining province of Parma to the west and the province of Modena to the east.

The A1 Milan/Rome motorway running parallel to the Via Emilia, is held to be the quickest and most direct link to the main centres of the region (e.g. Bologna is about 30 minutes away, Milan one hour and a half).

The SS63 main road links the city to the province of Mantua to the north; the same road leads towards the Apennines in the opposite direction (Passo del Cerreto and La Spezia)

The town is linked to Sassuolo via the SS467 in the direction of the Modena Apennines and with Correggio and Carpi by the main road 468.

Historical notes

With the arrival of the Romans, at the beginning of the II century b.C., Reggio Emilia (Regium Lepidi) became an urban centre as part of the road network built along via Emilia, while the surrounding plain was drained and settled. Scattered remains testify to a period of intense economic activity for the entire imperial period until the barbaric invasions. From the 8th century, the continuity of civil powers and the permanence of the urban structures were guaranteed by the Bishop. In the 11th century the heart of Matilde's domain was the Reggio territory, fortified by an imposing series of castles. In 1077 one of the most famous episodes in the war of Investitures took place within the city walls of Canossa: the Emperor Henry IV, in the guise of a pilgrim, appeals to Pope Gregory VII for the annulment of his excommunication. Meanwhile, the free municipalities are being born on the ashes of feudalism: Reggio is among the first. At the beginning of the 15th century, it comes under the power of the Este Family. Prominent figures mark the Renaissance period of Reggio: from Matteo Maria Boiardo, the Count of Scandiano, the great poet of Orlando Innamorato, who was governor of Reggio towards the end of the 15th century, to Ludovico Ariosto, the great poet of Orlando Furioso, born in Reggio in 1474. The 17th and 18th centuries were tormented by wars, plagues and the plundering of works of art. In intervals of peace, the creativity of Reggio citizens expressed itself in the construction of sumptuous palaces and many religious buildings, prominent among which is the striking Basilica della Ghiara, erected in the first half of the seventeenth century with the contribution of exceptional artists and the amazing development of silk art. January 7, 1797, Reggio Emilia, the first site of the Italian parliament, on the occasion of the birth of the Cispadane Republic, saw the birth of the "Tricolour", the future Italian flag. The spirit of resistance lived on in Reggio Emilia during the twenty years of fascism, culminating in the fight for liberation. In recognition of the part played by the city in the re-conquest of freedom, the Reggio Emilia standard was decorated with the gold medal for military valour.


The entire territory of Municipality is divided into parts, that once were separated and known as "districts".

- Bell'Albero-Premuda km 1,5 - south-west, Cavriago direction
- Buco del Signore - south-east of town centre, Scandiano direction
- Buon Pastore km south of the town centre
- Cadè km 10,25 - Via Emilia, Parma direction
- Canali km 6,25 - Via Settembrini, Albinea direction
- Carrozzone km 2,2 - west, Parma direction
- Castellazzo km 10,45 - San Faustino/San Martino in Rio direction
- Cavazzoli km 3,75 - north of the town centre, Mantua direction
- Cella km 8,50 - Via Emilia, Parma direction
- Codemondo km 6,50 - Cavriago direction
- Corticella km 11,25 - east of the town centre, after Bagno
- Coviolo km 5,50 - south direction, between Codemondo and Rivalta
- Fogliano km 7,50 - south of the centre, Scandiano direction
- Gaida km 11,25 - Via Emilia, Parma direction
- Gardenia km - north-west Reggio Emilia Santo Stefano direction
- Gattaglio m 950 - south-west, Cimitero Monumentale direction
- Gavassa km
4,50 - north/north-west of the town, Correggio direction
- Gavasseto km 7,75 - south direction, between Fogliano and Marmirolo
- Mancasale km 2,75 - north, Bagnolo and Mantua direction
- Marmirolo km 9,50 - via Emilia, Modena direction
- Masone km 7,75 - via Emilia, Modena direction
- Massenzatico km 7,50 - north, Correggio/Bagnolo direction
- Mirabello km 1,2 - east, Rubiera direction
- Orologio km 2,1 - south-weat, Cavriago direction
- Ospizio km 1,75 - Via Emilia, Modena direction
- Pappagnocca - south-east of the town centre, Scandiano direction
- Pieve Modolena km 3,75 - Via Emilia, Parma direction
- Pratofontana km 6,50 - north, Bagnolo in Piano direction
- Regina Pacis km 1,7 - south-west, Cavriago direction
- Rivalta km 6,50 - south, Castelnovo ne' Monti direction
- Roncadella km 8,25 - via Emilia, Modena direction
- Roncina km 3,2 - south-weat, Cavriago direction
- Roncocesi km 7,00 - north of the town, between Sesso and Cella
- Rosta Nuova - south-east and in connection with the town centre
- Sabbione km 11,00 - Scandiano direction after Gavasseto
- San Bartolomeo km 8.75 - Bibbiano/Quattro Castella past Codemondo direction
- San Maurizio km 3,75 - via Emilia, Modena direction
- San Pellegrino km 2,25 - south of the town centre, Rivalta direction
- San Prospero Strinati km 3,00 - north, Mancasale direction
- Santa Croce km 2,76 - north of the town centre, Bagnolo in Piano direction
Tondo km 1,7 - north-west, Sesso direction
Tribunale - San Polo km 1,5 - north
Villa Bagno km 10,75 - Via Emilia, Modena direction
Villa Sesso km - north of the town, Mantova direction

Villaggio Stranieri - Bazzarola  km 3 - east Modena direction