Museo del Tricolore

Reggio Emilia

Just off main square, this small museum is a memorial to Reggio's proud role as birthplace of the Italian tricolour flag. At a meeting in the multi-tiered Sala del Tricolore in 1797, Napoleon's short-lived Cispadane Republic was proclaimed and the green, white and red tricolour was adopted for the first time.It also features Tricolore-inspired contemporary art on the ground floor. Next door in the 14th-century Palazzo del Comune is where the flag was actually conceived.

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