Visit Reggio Emilia – Food n Wine Tours

Located in Northern Italy, in the Po River Valley, at about 50 km from Bologna, on the Via Emilia, Reggio Emilia borders Parma’s territory to the west and Modena’s territory to the east.


Reggio Emilia is a great stop off. Also known as the original Tricolour Flag citadel, as it was here that the Italian flag was adopted for the first time in 1797, and still exudes a rich ancient ambiance, food culture and history. The main square is a delight and full of places to eat and just kick back.

And yes Reggio is famous for its fantastic gastronomy, and lifestyle quality.

RE is also a town of fine Italian art, whose symbols are the XVII-century Basilica della Ghiara and the famous Teatro Municipale Valli.


The best seasons are spring and autumn because of the weather in summer can get pretty hot and humid. The range of events held in the town happen all year round.

A tour may start from the Sala del Tricolore (Tricolour Flag Hall) and its Museum, which goes over the historical events with Napoleonic memorabilia and relics of the Risorgimento. The visit continues in the nearby Piazza Prampolini or Piazza Grande, with its statue of the torrent Crostolo and, by crossing the Broletto arcades, reach the small Piazza San Prospero, seat of the traditional market, and then Piazza Fontanesi, a sort of open sitting room surrounded by trees. The Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Town Hall overlook Piazza Grande, while Piazza San Prospero is dominated by the Basilica dedicated to the Patron Saint.

The Basilica della Madonna della Ghiara is also worth seeing: a vestige of the Emilian Baroque that contains precious masterpieces such as the celebrated Guercino’s “Crucifixion”, as well as a cycle of frescoes illustrating the female figures of the Old Testament; the Museum Palace, which stands out for art, archaeological and naturalistic collections; the Parmeggiani Gallery, especially for its XVIII-century collections; the Synagogue; the neoclassical and majestic Teatro Municipale Valli and the nearby Piazza Martiri del 7 luglio, with its new fountain.

Other places of interest are the Spazio Gerra with its installations of contemporary art from the recent years: from Fabro to Morris, from Sol Lewitt to Mattiacci, the amazing permanent private collection Maramotti, with works of art of inestimable value, and Palazzo Magnani, the main exhibition location of the town, hosting exhibitions all year, with a special preference for photography and modern art.


In addition to the excellent hotels of the town, among which it is possible to count even a historical palace, and the lively hostel located in the XVII-century building of Basilica della Ghiara, it is also possible to stay in the castles of Sarzano and Rossena located in the neighbourhood.


The “International Centre for Children’s Culture and Creativity Loris Malaguzzi”, to appreciate the Reggio Emilia educational experience; the centre is an internationally renowned meeting place for researchers and teachers, but also for children and families. In mid-May, tales and stories transform the town during ReggioNarra, an event entirely dedicated to children.

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Do not leave the town without tasting and buying the excellent delicacies of its gastronomy: the cappelletti or caplètt, the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. In the town bakeries, it is possible to find the erbazzone and the chizze; in the pastry shops, the spongata, the traditional rice cake and the biscione.

For a tour as sparkling as Lambrusco wine, follow the “Strada dei Vini e Sapori dei Colli di Scandiano e Canossa” (the route of wines and flavours of the hills of Scandiano and Canossa) and the “Strada dei Vini e Sapori delle Corti Reggiane” (the route of wines and flavours of the Reggio Emilia courts) in the northern area of the province.

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In 1046 the German King Heinrich III loved this product… and so do we today!

First mentioned in historical writings in 1046 (da Piacenza), Balsamico is a real elixir for all Gourmet lovers, chefs or slow food fans.

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale is produced here in our FWT Reggio Emilia estate.

It’s made as it’s always been made… solely from the finest ‘Organic’ grapes and never from soured wine vinegar.

Just like its Modena classical counterpart this Balsamico is unmatched in the world.

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