Rubiera: paths of history and nature

Rubiera is a small town in the province of Reggio Emilia, which is located on the left bank of the river Secchia. This municipality is located on the Via Emilia and it is on the boundary between the province of Reggio Emilia with the province of Modena. The foundation of this town dates back to 1190-1200, when the town of Reggio Emilia decided to build this village to protect the borders with Modena.

Rubiera,_torre_dell'orologio_01The historic center of Rubiera witnesses the historic past of this small country. On the southern side of the Via Emilia, you can still see the Old Parish Rubiera, today used as a dwelling. The building dates back to the year 1302 and still contains the medieval apse to testify the existence of the parish. Towards the end of 1700, the building was abandoned and used as a parochial office while in 1847 it became a residence. The new parish church was built in 1700 by the Fathers of the Convent of Rubiera and is always located on the Via Emilia.

In the village of Rubiera are also two important civil constructions: Palace Sacrati and the Town Hall. The first is now the seat of the Municipality of Rubiera, while the Town Hall is home to the town library. Palazzo Sacrati is a clear example of architectural style of Ferrara and is characterized by a large porch on the ground floor. The Town Hall is a classic Renaissance-era building, with arcade and a massive sixteenth-century tower.

Another monument that bears witness to the medieval origins of the village is the Fort Rubiera, of which we have only a few remnants. This fortress was built in 1200 as a defensive line and demolished in the fifteenth century by Sacrati. A few steps from Forte is also the Theatre Herberia, a beautiful example of Art Nouveau architecture.

Rubiera is also a town full of nature trails, ideal for lovers of outdoor sports. To visit the city, you will find bike paths, which connect Rubiera to the nearby towns of San Faustino and Fontana. Along this route you can stop to visit the Romanesque church of San Faustino and the Romanesque Church of Fontana. Alternatively, you can go by mountain-bike paths that connect two paths respectively Rubiera Modena, Vignola and Vaciglio, known as Vignolana path, and one that connects to Campogalliano Rubiera.800px-Abside_e_torre_dell'antica_chiesa_di_rubiera_02

Rubiera is also part of a natural artificial reserve, which includes the municipalities of Rubiera, Modena and Campogalliano. Starting from Rubiera and going along the Via Emilia towards Correggio you reach the street of Rivone leading to the entrance of the park. This green area covers 260 hectares and is characterized by dense vegetation and ponds. Here you can admire specimens of wild tulips, poplar, willow, alder black and white, very rare in the plains of Emilia. The most popular attraction of the Park of the river Secchia is the overflow case, which although has artificial origin has taken over time a considerable natural importance. At the park you can book guided tours and workshops for children.

Every year in Rubiera are held numerous parties and festivals to celebrate nature and typical products. On the 29th November, for example, you can participate to the feast “Dumpling, salami and imagination” in the course of which will be set up the stand to taste the salami fiorettino, traditional of the area, local wines, cheeses and much more. Also in June and September we are organized food and wine shows, while in December the Christmas markets are set up. February the 3rd celebrates San Biagio, patron of the city, and for the occasion we organize events and celebrations.