Located on the Via Emilia, an ancient Roman road that’s now renowned for its homemade pasta and historic ruins, Reggio Emilia is blessed with fascinating monuments, folk history and enticing food and wine experiences. Exploring Reggio Emilia reveals cosy piazzas and leafy parks, while venturing slightly south accesses a sprawling national park.
Things to do in Reggio nell'Emilia
History lovers will enjoy visiting the storied Basilica della Ghiara, which was started in 1597 and opened in 1619. This Renaissance-style church features an elaborate domed interior with stunning frescoes and canvases. Afterwards, head to the Fondazione Palazzo Magnani, a 16th-century merchant’s palace where you can admire fine art, including paintings and sculptures.
If you’ve got the kids in tow, take them to Aquatico, a popular water park just north of Reggio Emilia with three water slides, large swimming pools and an aquatic playground. You can also visit one of the numerous parks scattered around town, such as Bosco Enrico Berlinguer, which has cycling tracks and grassy areas, or the sprawling Bosco Urbano le Tre Vele with its central pond.
You’ll find multiple engaging museums and galleries around town, including the Museo del Tricolore, which has exhibits relating to the Italian flag. Don’t miss seeing the religious art and liturgical works at the Museo Diocesano, which is housed in a former 17th-century palace.
Looking for a rewarding day trip? Venture south to the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian, where you can explore incredible Italian scenery while hiking or cycling. The park features vibrant flowers and rolling green pastures during summer, while winter showcases snow-covered hills and mountains with dramatic vistas.
Getting around Reggio nell'Emilia
Reggio Emilia is best reached by catching the train from Bologna or Modena to Reggio Emilia Railway Station. You can easily explore the town on foot but will need a vehicle to venture further afield.