About Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Population: 173,000
- Distance from Rome: 270 miles
- Distance from Torino: 168 miles
Basilica of San Prospero in central Reggio Emilia
The region of Emilia Romagna lies between the river Po, the longest in Italy, to the north, and the Apennine mountains to the south. It is considered one of the most fertile regions in Italy for its relatively mild climate influenced by the air from the Adriatic coast. You can experience four distinct seasons in this area, from snowy cold winters to lovely warm summers. Those who love to ski and hike will find the mountains very close by; while those who love the sun and sea will enjoy the longest beach in Europe on the Romagna coast in towns like Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica, known as the Romagna Riviera. Wellness spas and thermal baths are also found in this region. Reggio, home of two train stations, is conveniently located on both the regular- and high-speed train lines and strategically between Milan and Florence – the perfect location for getting around easily and on a budget!
Emilian cuisine is lauded as one of the best in the world. Don’t miss the chance to savor tortelli di zucca—light ravioli-like pasta filled with delicious pumpkin, or multilayer tomato lasagna, the local spinach and herb delight called erbazzone, and the delicious cheese and balsamic vinegar for which the region is so famous.
Today Reggio Emilia is home to many ethnic groups and is becoming increasingly multicultural, with 11.4% of its population consisting of foreign residents. The city has one of the most advanced educational and social welfare systems in the country (and in Western Europe), considered one of the most innovative and relevant examples of a community with a strong social cohesion.