Piazza Prampolini is the largest square in the city, so much so that its inhabitants also call it “Piazza Grande” (=big square) because it surely appears even bigger if compared to the nearby Piazza San Prospero, much smaller. On the four sides of the square it is possible to admire the main attractions of Reggio Emilia.
The Cathedral is dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and has an unfinished facade, dominated by a tower with a large statue representing the Madonna and Child Jesus. Inside there are numerous works and a crypt.
The Palazzo del Monte di Pietà can be recognized thanks to the bell tower. In front of the building there is a statue of a young man with an amphora in his hand that represents the Crostolo, a stream that passed through Reggio Emilia even if the course has been diverted over the years.
On the other side of the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà is the Town Hall with the “Sala del Tricolore” and the Museo del Tricolore. Everything can be visited free of charge with specific timetables. The “Sala del Tricolore” is often used to carry out the celebrations of civil marriages.
The Torre del Bordello, finally, is located between the Duomo and the Town Hall and dates back to 1489. The ambiguous name derives from the proximity to a pleasure house and over the years this tower has also been a municipal archive.
The “Piazza Piccola” (=small square) holds a nice surprise with the Basilica of San Prospero, characterized by a perfect façade, in contrast to that of the Duomo, not even completed.
Curiosities in Reggio Emilia
If you are planning a visit to the beautiful city of Emilia, there are some fascinating and interesting stops that you can not miss!
Being a Roman city, Reggio Emilia is built on the ancient Via Emilia, which still today constitutes the Decumano. Where the Decumano meets the Cardo you can find a commemorative plaque of the Gromae Locus. This is the exact point where the construction of the city began between 187 and 185 B.C.
If exotic plants intrigue you, you will be fascinated by the powerful and majestic Lebanese cedar inside the Parco del Popolo, also known as the “elephant cedar”.
For art lovers it is a must to visit the museum of contemporary art which houses the Maramotti Collection, with works by the most important Italian and international artists of the second half of the 20th century.