This street is displayed on what, until the 13th century, used to be Crostolo river bed; this is why tradition gave it the name Corso della Ghiara, Gravel Street.
All the main entertaining events happened in this street during the past, turning it into an open-air city theatre: religious processions, the Palio of S. Prospero and the Quintana (a joust), the Madonna della Ghiara Fair, still happening in September.
The most important historic-artistic monument of Corso Garibaldi is of course the Blessed Mother of Ghiara sanctuary, but other noteworthy buildings can be found along this street:
Palazzo Panciroli-Trivelli, birthplace of the jurist and historian Guido Panciroli, it displays a fine porticoed courtyard and a painted perspective walls.
Palazzo Becchi-Magnani, a 16th century building which is now a prestigious exhibition place and home of the cultural institution founded by the Province of Reggio Emilia. On the corner with Via Vicedomini, the building features an intriguing detail: a marble herm portraying two-faced Janus.
Palazzo Ducale, reconstructed in the 18th century, now seat of the Province and the Prefecture of Reggio Emilia.
At the two ends of Corso Garibaldi are Piazza Gioberti, with an obelisk dedicated to the Reggio Risorgimento’s martyrs, and Piazza Roversi, ending with the small striking baroque gem that is the Church of Cristo.