Itinerary  

Climb Bismantova Rock

Mentioned by Dante in Purgatory, this huge “stone” is a paradise for free climbers. Pietra di Bismantova, or just “La Pietra” as locals call it, is a massive, anvil-shaped, sandstone block standing in a beautiful environment, isolated amongst the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park. At the…

Cycle or walk along Crostolo River

Reggio Emilia is a bike-friendly city. You will see many busy citizens cycling around the old city center using the bike sharing system – you can buy the “Mi Muovo” card in TIL, via Trento Trieste  (HYPERLINK “http://www.mimuovoinbici.it/”www.mimuovoinbici.it) – or just using their colorful bikes,…

Guastalla

Warstall in Lombard, Guardistallum in Latin, the city’s original role is very clear: a place of guard, a strategic point of control of the Po River. But Guastalla owes its beauty and glory to Ferrante I of Gonzaga, amongst the best captains at the service…

Gualtieri

This is a small jewel of Reggio’s low land, a town that reached the highest point of its evolution under the Bentivoglio family rule, from 1567 to 1634. the family entrusted G.B. Aleotti, better known as “Argenta”, with the construction of a great square, with…

Novellara

Novellara played a central role in the powerful Gonzaga family’s state and this most definately left a trace in the modern city: the Gonzaga stronghold is a beautiful 14th century example of it, showing still today remarkable friezes, painted wooden ceilings and sculptured fireplaces; in…

Correggio

As a town of medieval origins, former home of powerful lords and birthplace of artists, Correggio is certainly worth a visit. During Renaissance, the town hosted a small but refined and elegant court under the Da Correggio family rule, rivals of the Este and Visconti…

Scandiano

The ideals of Renaissance Humanism spread with incredible rapidity in this region together with a proper urge for renovation. This longing for change was not only showing in big cities such as Ferrara, Reggio and Parma, but also into smaller towns, dignified by the importance…

Carpineti

As one of Matilda’s favorite residences, this castle was the setting for many important meetings and gatherings, including the crucial one of September 1092: Matilda of Canossa called prelates, bishops and feudatories to decide whether to continue or not the war against the Emperor Henry…