The territory around the province of Reggio Emilia reserves many surprises at the cultural, artistic and historical level. Several are the centers to visit to fall into their illustrious past, made of small architectural treasures. That is why they deserve the title of Renaissance capitals.
The little Emilian lords
The territory around the city of Reggio Emilia extended to the whole Po valley saw a rather flourishing period between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Little gentlemen like the Guastalla Duchy, but also other centers such as Novellara, Correggio, Scandiano, San Martino in Rio and Gualtieri, had their years of true cultural glory under the rule of the Estonians and the Gonzaga.
These are routes far from known sites, which are the focus of mass tourism and are even more precious. Knowing their story and what is left of great events and characters who have reigned or who have been born is a unique and exciting journey.
Stylish palaces, castles, castles, churches, and museums are a real treat for abundance of works, frescoes, façades, decorations, where artists have given the best of their genius.
From Guastalla to San Martino in Rio
- Guastalla was a Gonzaga garrison who bought it in the mid-‘500. Of this dominance today are the porticoes of the streets, but also several churches and the majestic ducal palace with the bronze of Leo Leoni. It is the ideal place to go shopping, go to the theater or enjoy a walk in the picturesque squares of the center.
- Novellara is the gentleman who managed to stay on the ridge of the wave as a center of demand until 1728, by the same Gonzaga family. Here you can admire the Rocca, within which is the museum with a collection of vessels from alchemist and the theater. Of great value is the Collegiate of Santo Stefano of 1567.
- Also in Correggio there is a splendid collegiate, that of San Quirino of the ‘500 with a museum that traces the history of the emilian center beneath the estensi.
- Among the small Renaissance capitals is also Scandiano, which center has been home for poets and intellectuals like Boiardo and Lazzaro Spallanzani. Spectacular the Rocca with its interior.
- Gaultieri reserves the surprise of an immense building of the fifteenth century in which there is a room of Giants, charmingly frescoed with scenes from Jerusalem Liberated. There are also paintings of the illustrious naïf painter Ligabue in the museum dedicated to him.
- The tour of the small capitals of the Renaissance ends in the castle of San Martino in Rio, which was occupied and destroyed by the Barbarossa and then rebuilt by the Roberti. Preserves the Museum of Agriculture, one of the most important in Emilia.