Brixellum Romanorum, Roman Reenactment
Brixellum Romanorum, Rievocazione Romana
Next edition: to be announced (the event was last held in 2015)
Brescello (Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna region)
a weekend in Brescello, the famous set of the "Peppone and Don Camillo" film series based on the books by Giovannino Guareschi, to celebrate and reenact the time and the events of the town's Roman heritage: living history displays, interactive workshops and live-in activities to experience the daily life at the times of the Ancient Rome...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
The event takes place in Brescello located in the river Po Valley near its confluence with the Enza river, in region Emilia-Romagna, about 80 km from Bologna and 25 km from Reggio Emilia, and probably best known for having been the set for one of Italy's most loved film series "Don Camillo" adapted from the novels of Giovanni Guareschi (1908-1968 AD), an Italian journalist, cartoonist and humorist. But the town is also the world's leading exporter of wooden train whistles and has very ancient origins, being founded by the celtic tribe of the Galli Cenomani. Around 190-186 BC Brescello became a Roman colony by name Brixellum gaining soon a great strategic and economical importance.
Event description and programme
Every year in June Brescello hosts the "Brixellum Romanorum", a major Italian historical reenactment organized by the local archaeological group and featuring every year a different theme, usually related to the history of the Roman Civilization and the meeting with the Celtic one or the events occurred in the "Year of the Four Emperors, 69 AD", in which four emperors ruled in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian. The glories of Ancient Rome relive through the reconstruction of historical camps where to learn and experience the daily life of the legionaries, gladiator fights, cavalry displays, experimental archaeology workshops (like bronze casting, textiles weaving and dyeing, ancient cosmetics, pottery, mosaics and jewellery making). The rich programme includes lectures as well, historical parades, harps concerts, documentaries and movies, books presentations, educational moments for schools, guided tours at the local Museum of Archaeology, food stands where to taste historical and typical dishes of local tradition, and, finally, the reconstruction of an open field battle. Very impressive is also the Roman banquet presenting dishes from the ancient Roman cuisine in a charming atmosphere with several period animations like gladiator fights, dance, music and theatre performances and ancient roman ceremonies and rites.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Gruppo Archelogico Brescellese M.S. Otone
Address: via Cavallotti, 37 - 42041 Brescello (Reggio Emilia), Italy
Museo Archeologico di Brescello
Address: via Cavallotti 37, 42041 Brescello (Reggio Emilia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)522 482528 – (0)522 482520
Brescello Town Council / Comune di Brescello
Address: Piazza Matteotti 12, 42041 Brescello (Reggio Emilia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)522 482511 | Fax: +39 (0)522 684422
Brescello Tourist Office / APT Pro Loco
Address: via Soliani 2, 42041 Brescello (Reggio Emilia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)522 962158
Biblioteca Comunale A. Panizzi
Address: Piazza Mingori 2, 42041 Brescello (Reggio Emilia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)522 482520
Visit Brescello / Fondazione Paese di Don Camillo e Peppone
Address: via Cavallotti 24, 42041 Brescello (Reggio Emilia), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)522 482564
Image: © Lorenzo Bianchi Ballano / VideoCLUB Brescello, via Gruppo Archelogico Brescellese M.S. Otone
Text sources: Gruppo Archelogico Brescellese M.S. Otone, Wikipedia, Visit Brescello, Brescello Town Council,
Brescello on Google Maps:
Promos and video reportages of the event:
Visiting Brescello and the heritage of "Don Camillo & Peppone":