What to see in Reggio Emilia? If you are tired of the usual attractions here is a fascinating itinerary that touches on the main works and buildings that characterize contemporary Reggio.
The itinerary could only begin at the Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana Station, located just over 15 km from our farmhouse and only 4 km from the city center. In addition to being one of the main high-speed train stations in northern Italy, it is a beautiful work of engineering and architecture designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The structure, which opened in 2013, features a futuristic design. Made entirely of white-painted steel and glass, it consists of a repeating succession of 13 portals that alternate, generating a succession of 457 moving waves.
At this point the itinerary continues to the historic center and the Ex Officine Meccaniche Reggiane, which was, with its twelve thousand employees, the largest factory in Reggio Emilia. Today they are considered one of the largest street art workshops in Europe. Although some of the warehouses are dilapidated, one can admire a large number of murals and other expressions of the most impromptu metropolitan creativity. Nearby is the Loris Malaguzzi International Center set up in the former Locatelli complex. The center is a meeting place created to carry on the work and studies of pedagogue Loris Malaguzzi, whose approach to the world of children has inspired entire generations. Opened in 2006, it includes ateliers, places for training and research, exhibition areas and the Reggio Children headquarters.
The next stop is the monumental complex of the Cloisters of San Domenico, where the past meets the contemporary. Here one can admire the work “Less Than” created in 2005 by artist Robert Morris. Designed specifically for the secret and silent Little Cloisters, it depicts a mighty headless body curved under the weight of an amphora. The bronze sculpture is part of the “Invitation to…” project, which between 2004 and 2006 saw four international art protagonists create permanent works for four historic sites in the city. Also part of it are Sol LeWitt’s “Whirls and Twirls 1,” located in the Panizzi Library; Luciano Fabro’s “Araba Fenice,” at the headquarters of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; and Eliseo Mattiacci’s “Danza di astri e di stelle,” in the courtyard of the National Dance Foundation – Aterballetto.
The itinerary then continues with a visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which majestically overlooks the central Piazza Prampolini, occupying almost an entire side of it. Built on an ancient Roman construction around 857, it features a distinct Romanesque style. The cathedral underwent a radical restoration between 2003 and 2010 with the contribution of well-known artists. Inside are several works of contemporary art, including: the episcopal cathedra by Jannis Kounellis, the altar by Reggio Emilia artist Claudio Parmeggiani, the decorated ambo by Japanese artist Hidetoshi Nagasawa, the Easter candelabra by Abruzzo artist Ettore Spalletti, and sculptures by Giovanni Menada.
Infine, l’ultima tappa dell’itinerario dedicato a Reggio contemporanea è la Collezione Maramotti, un’incredibile raccolta di arte contemporanea ospitata all’interno del primo stabilimento della casa di moda Max Mara. L’edificio stesso, progettato nel 1957 dagli architetti Antonio Pastorini ed Eugenio Salvarani e convertito in spazi espositivi dall’architetto inglese Andrew Hapgood nel 2003, è una straordinaria opera di archeologia industriale. In esposizione vi sono oltre duecento opere raccolte dal 1945 a oggi, per lo più dipinti ma anche sculture e installazioni, rappresentative delle principali tendenze artistiche della seconda metà del XX secolo. Oltre alla collezione permanente, ospita anche interessanti mostre temporanee.
AGRITURISMO IL BRUGNOLO
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If you’re looking for completely independent apartments surrounded by greenery you really are in the right place here!
In fact, Brugnolo is immersed in the green nature of the Emilian countryside. For your relaxation, for that of your children, and again for the runs of your 4-legged friends, you will have 6000 square meters of park at your disposal!