Thursday, 1 May 2008

Thirteen Things About Reggio Emilia

Since I moved here four years ago, I've learned a few little facts about my new "hometown". Since Reggio Emilia isn't one of the more well-known cities in Italy, I thought I'd share them with you, today.

1) Reggio Emilia's roots extend as far back as 187 BC, with the construction of the Via Aemilia (the Roman road which still exists today) by Marcus Aemilius Lepidus. At the time, the city was a justice's administration center, with a "forum", known as Regium Lepidi.

2) Reggio Emilia has a special place in the hearts of educators, thanks to the "Reggio Emilia Approach" to teaching children. My husband attended the flagship school when he was a child, and the kindergarten was cited as one of the 10 best pre-schools in the world, by Newsweek.

Inside the "Asilo Diana" kindergarten of Reggio Emilia. This is the school my hubby attended. :)

3) Reggio Emilia has its own basketball team (here, however, the sport is simply called "Basket"), called Pallacanestro Reggiana, which features several American players. In 1989-91, Joe Bryant – father of Kobe Bryant – played for them.

4) The poet Ludovico Ariosto was born just outside the city. He wrote the poem Orlando Furioso, a sequel to Orlando Innamorato, by Matteo Maria Boiardo, also from the province.

5) The city's patron saint is Saint Prospero, and his day is November 24th. He is the city saint because in the year 452, he prayed for the city's protection against the approaching Hun army, and a blanket of fog covered the city, obscuring it from the invaders.

6) When a peaceful protest march against the apparent resurgence of the fascist party was held in the city on July 7, 1960, the Italian government sent police to quell the protest – and gave permission for the police to fire at will, should an "emergency situation" arise. Five unarmed people were killed in Reggio Emilia; ultimately, eleven people died all over Italy.

7) Luciano Pavarotti made his professional debut in Reggio Emilia's Teatro Municipale, in 1961.

8) Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy, was from the province of Reggio Emilia, in the city of Scandiano.


Stefano Baldini, winner of the 2004 Summer Olympics Marathon, is from the province of Reggio Emilia, in the city of Castelnovo di Sotto.

10) The Italian national flag – the Tricolore – was created here on January 7, 1797.

11) If you enjoy Parmigiano Reggiano, this is the place to find it! (That's the real name of "Parmesan" cheese, by the way.)

12) Reggio Emilia's sister cities include Dijon, France; Girona, Spain; and Fort Worth, Texas.

13) Reggio Emilia is home to several fashion houses, such as Max Mara, Mariella Burani and Elena MirĂ².

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Since I didn't have any eye candy specific to Reggio Emilia, I thought I'd share a shot of one the boys from Padua... What the heck, at least he's Italian:

Mirco Bergamasco - Italian Rugby player...



Adelle said...

Very interesting. I'd love to visit your part of the world one day. Thanks for sharing, and as always, thanks for the eye candy.
Happy T13!

Tempest Knight said...

Very informative! Thanks for posting this! Happy TT!

Debora said...

Very interesting - 187bc - very cool indeed. So much history all around you, must be amazing.

Nina Pierce said...

Italy ... *sigh* the history, the culture ... the men! Thanks for sharing!

Tara S Nichols said...

Ok, I have to admit I kind of forgot what the rest of the thursday thirteen was after i scrolled alll the way down. Wow, is that a head, a coconut or (shudders) a giant clam he's pressing to his groin?

December said...

You learn something new every day! Thanks for the cool info - Happy Thursday!

Debbie Mumford said...

Sigh. Can I come for a visit?

Alice Audrey said...

You live in a very cool place.

Jennifer McKenzie said...

This is so cool!!! I love visiting your blog because you always have neat Italian stuff on it.
Including the man candy.

Paige Tyler said...

Interesting facts! And I love the pic!


My TT is at

Heather said...

Interesting and informative info on the region where you live!

Shelley Munro said...

Interesting TT. And as a side note - I love rugby. ;)

Robin L. Rotham said...

You know I just never associate basketball with Italy. I'll sure associate rugby with it from now on though, LOL!

Gina Ardito said... is my room ready yet or what? LOL! Fascinating place. Lucky you!

Gwen Mitchell said...

Wow - that's a lot of credit for one town! Happy Friday! =D

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