History  

University

Traditionally, we date the beginning of Reggio Emilia University to 1088, when Jacopo da Mandra moved in with his pupils and started teaching law. As a matter of fact the official life of the University didn’t last long: instituted in 1752, by 1772 it was…

Modern Times

With Italian Unity social issues exploded, a great change was needed. Luckily, the province of Reggio managed to emerge from the grip of agricultural conservatism thanks to the great cooperative phenomena, triggered by the mutual benefit societies, which proved able to cover the needs of…

Renaissance to Unification of Italy

After the death of Matilda da Canossa and the experience of the Commune of Reggio, the territory was divided into different counties ruled by independent powerful families. At the beginning of the 15th century though, the district of Reggio was occupied by the Este Family…

Canossa rule

Despite the ravages of times, the castles in Reggio Emilia surroundings preserve still the fascination of the past, telling the story of the Canossa family and of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages, Matilda da Canossa, who had a major role in the…

Dark Ages

With the barbarians’ invasions and the fall of the Roman Empire, Reggio went through a period of serious instability. In the dark ages, the urban nucleus was reduced to just a small area comprising the Duomo and Palazzo Vescovile, which shows that the civil powers…

Prehistory to the end of the Roman Empire

Form prehistory to the end of Roman Empire, the population who have inhabited this area left significant traces of their lifestyle, astonishing us with their knowledge in crafts and with their cultural baggage, demonstrating they were not so different from us after all! The first…

Excellences

When it comes to excellences, Reggio Emilia has quite a Wall of Fame to exhibit: Reggio Children, with its headquarters in “Loris Malaguzzi” Center International Foundation, shines in the field of innovation of culture and education. This company was established in 1994 to protect and spread…

In literature & the movies

No less than Dante Alighieri wrote about Reggio’s territory, and some scholars of the “Supreme Poet” think that he took direct inspiration from the Bismantova Stone (a huge mountain of very peculiar shape) for the narrative creation of the mountain of Purgatory in the Divina…

About Reggio Emilia

With almost 170.000 inhabitants, Reggio Emilia is a welcoming, lively city; both modern and traditional, it mixes the surprising beauty of its architectures and the richness of its culture with the delicious flavors of its gastronomy! Reggio Emilia’s old city center is shaped on the…