Reggio Emilia is situated in the middle of the prosperous Po Valley, the town is one of the most enterprising and forward-looking areas in the European Union. With
The most important sectors are the mechanical industry, ceramics and clothing, that have organised themselves and acquired such professional abilities as to be able to compete successfully abroad and attracts numerous multinational companies and foreign investors.
The ancient centre of the town of Reggio Emilia, Regium, was founded by the Romans in 187 B.C. Reggio Emilia really began to flourish in the Eleventh century. On 25 January 1077, the German emperor Henry IVth went on his knees before Pope Gregory VIIth, who was a guest of Countess Matilde di Canossa in Reggio Emilia, to beg him to revoke his excommunication order – and he succeeded in obtaining his pardon. During the Renaissance, art and literature flourished in Reggio Emilia and palaces, altars and basilicas were built. The Este family, driven away at the end of the Eighteenth century, was a precursor to another important event in which Reggio Emilia played a leading role. On 7 January 1797, the Deputies of the Cispadane Republic issued a decree ordering the citizens of Reggio Emilia to adopt the Italian flag: the green, white and red tricolour. During the Second World War the city fought so bravely that it was awarded a gold medal for the military valour of its Resistance fighters.
Situated in the middle of the prosperous Po Valley, Reggio Emilia is one of the most enterprising and forward-looking areas in the European Union. Standing as it does at the crossroads between continental Europe and the Mediterranean region along a prime communication corridor between East and West Europe, it occupies a geographically strategic position within the Union. The city is also connected to the Italian national railway network. Rail journeys are due to become even faster with the introduction of the high speed train (TAV), which will speed passengers to major European capitals in a matter of hours.
One of the most privileged areas in Italy in terms of standard of living and local services, Reggio Emilia owes its fame first and foremost to its municipal primary schools and its nursery schools, which have won worldwide fame, that the “Reggio Children” society is promoting and spreading at international level. Recently, Reggio Emilia has develop a project that have consent to establish a very important relationship with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Furthermore, the Università del Progetto offers marketing, communication and design services and thanks to IFOA, Reggio Emilia is well known in the European Union and all over the world for its training courses.
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Reggio Emilia has produced outstanding poets such as Boiardo and Ariosto, and noted sculptors and architects such as Secchi e Ferrari who poured their creative genius into the splendid Basilica della Beata Vergine della Ghiara, the Cathedral and the Basilica di San Prospero. The two principals theatre of Reggio Emilia are the focus for audiences seeking opera, theatre and musicals, but Reggio Emilia is also famed as a world centre for dance due to the work of the Compagnia Stabile Aterballetto. The love of Reggio Emilia people for art, culture and recreation is catered for by an extensive network of associations and 57 libraries.
The most striking fact is the ability of Reggio Emilia’s productive system to sustain an economy with one of the lowest unemployment rates in Italy. The companies are mainly craft industries or medium-small sized companies. The most important sectors are the mechanical industry, ceramics and clothing, that have organised themselves and acquired such professional abilities as to be able to compete successfully abroad and attracts numerous multinational companies and foreign investors. Many industrial companies in Reggio Emilia owe their leading position within Italy and throughout the world to the fact that they are clustered in districts, i.e. entire areas within the region are devoted to the same sector and contain a very high density of companies operating within that sector.
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