Sant'Ilario d'Enza is located in an area bordering the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Parma, marked by the Enza River west of Reggio Emilia.
Sant’Ilario d’Enza was a stopping point and ancient postal station along the via Emilia and its origins date back to Roman times. In the Middle Ages it was subject to Longobard dominion, of which archaeological, linguistic and toponymy traces still exist today. The area is rich in archaeological sites relating to the ancient Tannetum, where the headstone of Mavarta (V century a.C.) was found: it is the first example of Christianity in the Reggio Emilia province.
Today it is a lively town rich in industrial and artisan companies.
Sant'Ilario d'Enza was once known as Sant’Eulalia and, in fact, the most important monument is the medieval Sant'Eulalia Church, whose date of construction is not exactly known; it already existed in 1220, since the first notice in Onorio III's register dates back to that year.
The wonderful Villa Valcavi, in Art Nouveau style, is also noteworthy.
The landscape has charming natural places on the banks of the Enza River, covered by thick native vegetation. The “Pioppini” Ecological Rebalancing Area covers around 42,000 square metres and is located on a river ledge reachable on foot or by bicycle starting from the town centre.
Spring Festival - third Sunday of May
Market, artistic handicraft, gastronomic stands, games for children and attractions in the square, art exhibitions.
October Festival - second Sunday of October
Antiques market, extraordinary market, funfair, artistic handicraft and gastronomic stands.