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About the Reggio Emilia, Italy Program

The Reggio Emilia program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Reggio Emilia

Students trying Erbazzone in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

  • Distance from Rome: 270 miles
  • Distance from Torino: 168 miles

Reggio Emilia is a charming mid-sized city in north-central Italy, the perfect location to immerse yourself in Italian culture away from crowded tourist destinations. This city of Roman origin, birthplace of the Italian tricolor flag, is rich in history, culture, and tradition. It is a clean, pedestrian-friendly city with cobblestone streets and piazzas, which come alive with markets and nightlife.

The city is known worldwide for its unique teaching philosophy and spectacular cuisine. Try specialties like erbazzone, a savory pie made with spinach or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and tortelli di zucca, a light ravioli-like pasta filled with pumpkin.

Close to both the Reggiano Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Riviera, Reggio Emilia offers both hiking and beach-going. The city is also host to many events such as the International Reggio Film Festival, San Prospero city holiday, and the Christmas market. With two train stations, Reggio Emilia is conveniently located between Milan and Florence – the perfect location for getting around easily and on a budget!