Located about 50 km from Bologna, between Parma and Modena, Reggio Emilia is known as the City of the Tricolor as the Italian flag, inspired by the flags of the Cispadana Republic, was created exhibited for the first time in this city on January 7, 1797. Reggio Emilia is a city that is comfortable to live in, and is classified as one of the most prosperous and livable cities in Italy.
It is home to the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, a university founded in 1175, and is home to numerous industrial research laboratories. Reggio Emilia hosts the following branches and departments of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia: the Departments of Communication and Economics, Education and Human Sciences, Life Sciences, and Science and Methods of Engineering. UniMORE university residences are located in the city center.
The main sectors of its economy belong to the following areas of specialization: agriculture and livestock which are flourishing especially in the pork and dairy sector (for the production of the typical Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, regulated by the homonymous Consortium which is based in city), the wine (Lambrusco Reggiano) and the fruit and vegetables. Moreover, the mechanical, mechatronic, ceramic, electronic, food, design and fashion, textile and green economy sectors are particularly developed. The presence of infrastructures aimed at supporting businesses makes it a leader in the sectors of innovation, research and technology.
The current historic city center is shaped like an elongated hexagon and the urban configuration of the squares in the heart of the city is particularly interesting (Piazza Prampolini, Piazza St. Prospero, Piazza Prampolini, Piazza Casotti, Piazza Fontanesi), where in the evening you can also find fun opportunities, entertainment and cultural activities.
The city of Reggio Emilia is also characterized by signs of contemporaneity, such as the installations by international artists which include the Ponti (bridges) and the AV Station (high speed train station) designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Today, the bridges make up the new city gates: three large white arches, architectural works to be observed in movement even from the highway, and to which the Mediopadana High Speed station was added to the landscape in 2013. The station represents an exchange hub for almost two million potential users from the vast area of "Western Emilia-Southern Lombardy".
Known today for its gastronomy and quality of life, and internationally for the "most beautiful and best kindergartens in the world", Reggio offers important cultural and artistic interests. The pedagogical teaching method of the "Reggio Emilia Approach", in fact, has made the preschools of Reggio Emilia famous throughout the world.
In the city there are numerous museums and art venues that promote initiatives and events that enrich the cultural activity of the territory throughout the year. Furthermore, temporary exhibitions are often set up, from Palazzo Magnani to the Palace of the Museums, from the Spazio Gerra to the numerous art galleries in the historic center.
Outside the city, towards the south, lies the territory that belonged to the great Countess Matilde of Canossa during the middle Ages. Her possessions were guarded by castles, fortresses and towers, of which the Reggiano territory preserves many samples, including villages and parishes.
The area of the Reggio Emilia Airport (Campovolo) was made famous by the concerts of Luciano Ligabue. The area, due to its location and extension (over 195 hectares), is the ideal arena for large events.
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