Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia


The three colours of the Italian flag were first adopted here in 1848.
A human-scale town at the top of the list of the most flourishing and liveable towns in Italy: it is famous for the high level of its services and for the industriousness and lively intelligence of its inhabitants.

The twenty kilometres of land along the Po River in the province of Reggio Emilia house a great number of villages; such a high concentration is not found anywhere else along the river.
Brescello is famous because it was the setting of the films about Don Camillo, the character created by Guareschi; Boretto is one of the most equipped ports along the river for pleasure boats; Guastalla, more than the other villages, has the characteristics of a small capital with traces of the dominion of the Gonzaga; visiting Luzzara means being immersed in a large green area where poplars alternate with flood plains, spontaneous scrub-land and many expanses of water.

Water is the main feature of these routes, with ponds, canals and sandy areas separated by cultivations that exploit the richness of the soil made fertile by the river, whose water has been used to irrigate since ancient times. 
The work of man which has touched the valleys and flood plains has also reclaimed land and created sanctuaries to protect and safeguard the natural heritage, a patrimony which does not belong only to the municipalities but to everyone who loves nature and the environment.


The Wine and Dine Route of the Hills of Scandiano and Canossa runs for over 200 kilometres in the province of Reggio Emilia between the upper plain and the hills south of the Via Emilia, stretching to the lower mountains of the local Apennines. A landscape dotted with the castles of Matilde di Canossa and noble villas, historical villages, tower houses and ancient parish churches,  a land that stretches across rich wine-making areas where Doc (controlled denomination of origin) wines like the "Colli di Scandiano e Canossa" and "Reggiano Lambrusco" are produced.

Other products can be found as well as wine along the route, like Parmigiano Reggiano, a very important ingredient of typical local dishes: cappelletti (stuffed pasta), tortelli (stuffed pasta), erbazzone (savoury flan) and fresh pasta. This wonderful cheese can also be enjoyed with a few drops of traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Reggio Emilia. And not to forget the tasty array of local cold meats and salami still hand-made like the ham, culaccia di Canossa, coppa, pancetta and salame, or the sweet taste of nocino liqueur, jams, honeys and many local desserts.

Link: The Route of Reggio Emilia

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