Reggio Emilia, Italy

Capture the culture and classics of Italy in the scenic and historic city of Reggio Emilia, originally a Roman fortress situated in the Apennine foothills of Northern Italy. Cultivate lasting friendships with your Italian host family where you will  experience the daily life and culture of Italy. Local historical sites include spectacular cathedrals and palazzos (palaces) dating back to the 12th century, the Municipal Theater, the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory.  You may also experience Italian cooking and language classes. Enjoy a day excursion to the legendary city of Florence to visit the famous Uffizi Museum and Michelangelo’s DAVID, shopping, and enjoying Italian gelato. Your adventure culminates with a farewell pasta party with your host family and new friends bidding you Arrivederci!

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“Sights, Tastes and Impressions if Italy” ~ Texas Wesleyan Education students share their experiences on a recent trip to Reggio.

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International Travel Checklist

“Traveling abroad is exciting, but it can be overwhelming too.  When traveling with a Sister Cities group, you will be included in several group briefings before your departure including protocol information specific to your trip.  Additionally, we have created a Travel Checklist as a resource for you to help you get the most out of your experience.”


About Reggio Emilia

Reggio EmiliStomping Grapesa, Italy was Fort Worth’s first official relationship.

The Fort Worth-Reggio Emilia Friendship Committee provided the cornerstone for Fort Worth’s innovative and award-winning Sister Cities programs. This partnership generates many opportunities including allowing Fort Worth to be the sole United States participant in the Olimpiade del Tricolore, where about 500 Fort Worth youth athletes and coaches helped bring home many gold, silver and bronze medals after competing before an international crowd of nearly 5,000. This 25-year-old relationship is grounded in the typical education, culture and sports exchanges and is recognized for developing such first-ever exchanges as:

A Handicap Life Skills Symposium; International Wheelchair Basketball Tournaments; Smithsonian’s U.S. Tour of Reggio Emilia’s education model; cutting and quarter horse training, breeding and competition; stage, craft and performance arts training programs; marathons; culinary, hotel and professional internships; and fashion and artisan industry programs.