The Province of Reggio Emilia has an area of 2,293 sq.km and borders the province of Parma to the west, Modena to the east, the region of Lombardy to the north and the region of Tuscany to the south.
A long, thin wedge right in the middle of the region of Emilia Romagna, Reggio Emilia is not quite as mountainous and the other provinces. The far north includes the Apennines which form the border with Lombardy and the highest peaks are around 2000 metres. The rest of the landscape consists mainly of gentle hills and plains dotted with rivers, lakes, rocks and forests. It is a deep green, fertile province which is steeped in history and old traditions.
Capital of the region of Emilia Romagna, Reggio Emilia is the more commonly used shortened version of the city which is actual called 'Reggio nell'Emilia'.
The origninal city walls were built in an hexagonal shape and consequently the city remains in this formation although the walls have long since crumbled.
The two main streets, which cross each other and run through the historic centre, are Via Emilia and Via Roma. The two main squares, where most of the historic buildings stand, are Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Prampolini.
The main places of interest are:
There are many other churches and religious buildings in the city which are worth visiting and they are listed below:
There are many beautiful palaces in and around the old historic centre:
There is also a Neo-Classical theatre, 'Teatro Municipale'.
This is an interesting town with several historical buildings:
Near here you can find the well known ski resort of Febbio which is set on the highest peak in the province, Monte Cusna at 2,121 metres.
The 10th century Canossa castle, which once belonged to Matilda of Tuscany, can be found here but is now nothing but a ruin.
St. Celestine's church in Cadelbosco di Sopra is an elegant church which has a late baroque style façade and a three-nave interior with vaulted ceiling and five altars.
The church of Cadelbosco di Sotto was built 1513 under the orders of Prince Ercole d'Este and is well preserved, still retaining most of its original structure.
The church of Villa Argine dates back to the late 15th century but was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century. It was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1996 and the apse and bell tower had to be restored.
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