Introducing Reggio Emilia
Smart and well-to-do, Reggio Emilia is a perfectly pleasant place – it’s wealthy, and evidently so, it’s got a handsome historic centre and great restaurants – but there’s not really a whole lot to do. Once you’ve explored the central piazzas and sniffed around the markets, you’ve pretty much covered the sights. It does, however, make a practical base for exploring the Apennines to the south.
Known also as Reggio nell’Emilia, the town started life in the 2nd century BC as a Roman colony along the Via Emilia. Much of Reggio was built by the Este family during the 400 years it controlled the town, beginning in 1406.