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    Teatro Municipale Romolo Valli is the most important theater in Reggio Emilia, located in Piazza Martiri del 7 Luglio 1960, in the historical center of the city.

    Romolo Valli was a well-known Italian actor born in Reggio Emilia, who, throughout his career, collaborated with Vittorio De Sica, Sergio Leone, Roman Polanski, Roger Vadim, and Luchino Visconti.



    The building was designed and completed by the architect Cesare Costa of Modena, and built between 1852 and 1857.

    The works were directed by the local engineer Antonio Tegani.

    The theater was inaugurated on April 21, 1857, with the opera Vittor Pisani by the composer Achille Peri.



    The building has a rectangular plan with a length of 80 meters and a width of about 44 meters, with two additional rectangular loggias.

    The Romolo Valli Municipal Theater has a Neoclassical facade on two orders, in brick and marble, with Tuscan columns on the ground floor and Ionic pilasters on the upper floor.

    The upper part of the facade has 13 rectangular windows surmounted by bas-reliefs. Allegorical statues are placed on the entablature of the facade.

    Teatro Municipale Romolo Valli - Reggio Emilia

    the facade of the Romolo Valli Municipal Theater

    The interior was decorated by Girolamo Magnani assisted in the vestibule and atrium by Pasquale Zambini.

    In the vestibule, there are the busts of Cesare Costa and Achille Peri, and two medals by the sculptor Ilarioli depicting the Roman playwrights Plauto and Terenzio.

    The atrium has the shape of an elongated octagon supported by columns, and has sumptuous decorations, including the twelve Bacchantes by Giuseppe Ugolini.

    The busts on either side of the entrance represent Cesare Pariati, melodramatic writer, and Francesco Fontanesi, painter and scenic designer.

    At the top of the staircase leading to the foyer, there is the bust of Ludovico Ariosto by Ilario Bedotti.

    The internal hall looks like a traditional Italian opera house, with a horseshoe plan and five tiers of boxes.

    The allegorical paintings on the ceiling, from which the crystal chandelier hangs, are the work of Domenico Pellizzi, a local artist, with allegories of melodrama, comedy, tragedy and choreography.

    The hall has an average capacity of 1,150 spectators.


    TIP: If you would like to visit the Romolo Valli Municipal Theater, you can do it on certain Saturdays. Check the schedule here



    The Romolo Valli Municipal Theater is located about 1 kilometer away from the Reggio Emilia railway station.

    The closest bus stop is located in Via Nobili, about 150 meters away, on the bus Line H.

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