giovedì 19 maggio 2011

The Flag's Roads - Reggio Emilia - April 12, 2011

Reggio Emilia is where the Italian Flag, the "Tricolour", was conceived back in 1797. It's therefore natural that the City has played a central role during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. As a gift to our President who came to visit the City in January, most central streets have been adorned with big flags that have something to do with the Tricolour, starting from the French Revolution, all the way to unification. And if you look at the complex history of the flag and of the unification itself, you can understand how they managed to fill about 6 Km of roads with flags!

lunedì 9 maggio 2011

Crostolo Statue in Prampolini Square - Reggio Emilia - February 21, 2011

This statue is an allegory for the Crostolo Torrent, probably a reminder that the torrent used to flow nearby before being deviated to the outside of town in the XIII century.

lunedì 2 maggio 2011

Porta San Pietro - Reggio Emilia - April 12, 2011

When walls still surrounded Reggio Emilia, four doors allowed access to the City. This is the East one.

In the middle stands the "Skyskraper". It's actually not that tall but I guess it was the tallest building around when it was built in the mid 60's (I guess again). But it's hard to get rid of nicknames, so people around here still call it "Grattacielo", i.e. the "Skyskraper".

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