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National Park of the Apennines of Tuscany and Emilia
 National Park of the Apennines of Tuscany and Emilia Between the Cisa and Forbici passes, the wooded ridges that ...
Matilda's chestnut groves
 Matilda's chestnut groves The chestnut probably originated in the city of Castanis in Anatolia and was already ...
The Tassaro valley and its place in Europe
 The Tassaro valley and its place in Europe The Rio Tassaro valley in the city territory of Vetto between the ...
The tower houses
 The tower houses Tower houses are characteristic of the villages higher up in the Apennines where they were ...
The salt routes
 The salt routes For many centuries the Apennines of Emilia were characterised by many tracks that were truly trade ...
Sports in the Apennines
 Sports in the Apennines The Apennines are a great place for sports activities such as skiing, hiking, climbing and ...
The Fair of St Michael
 The Fair of St Michael  During the last week of September, Castelnovo Monti is the venue of one the most beloved and ...

The high Apennine

Itinerari alto appennino mappa


L'alto Appennino

Un Paesaggio naturalistico emozionante


Climbing from SS 63 of Cerreto pass, after passing through the town of Casina, famous for Castello di Sarzano, and after a series of hairpin bends near the town of Felina, a spectacular natural scenario opens up. In the foreground the Pietra di Bismantova appears, a mountain that has mystified travellers and pilgrims for centuries.


Even Dante was struck by it. In the IV Canto of Purgatory he mentions the precipice and eloquently suggests flying instead of climbing, "qui convien ch’uom voli." The Pietra di Bismantova is an oddity, an isolated rampart with sheer cliff walls and a small plateau at the top.

From the plateau the panorama of the Apennines is enormous. In ancient times Celts inhabited the zone for centuries in the pre-Roman and Roman eras.


Castelnuovo ne' Monti, located at the base of Bismantova, has been the most important centre of economic activities in the mountains of Reggio for centuries, thanks to its central position on the roads that link the plains to Tuscany and the mountain areas of the provinces of Modena and Parma. In fact, from Castelnuovo it is possible to continue on toward the Cerreto pass and Alpe di Succiso, encountering mountain villages such as Cervarezza, known for its hot springs, Busana and Collagna.


Again from Castelnuovo, the town of Ramiseto and mount Ventasso lie to the west along the road to Lagastrello pass.


It's easy to reach the peak of Ventasso by following the path that starts from Lake Calamoneto, the view of the plains from the top is fantastic with an unbounded horizon. Go east instead to reach mount Cusna, the other destination of great naturalistic interest, after passing through Febbio and Villa Minozzo.




All companies on this route

via Regigno, 18
42033 Carpineti (RE)
via val lonza, 4
42030 Ramiseto (RE)
Ph.: 0522817108
piazza Matilde di Canossa, 1
42033 Carpineti (RE)
Ph.: 0522615091
via Campo Grande, 22
42030 Ramiseto (RE)
Ph.: 0522817121
piazza Martiri della Libertą, 12
42035 Castelnovo ne' Monti (RE)
Ph.: 0522812420
via Cą di Sotto, 5
42032 Busana (Cervarezza) (RE)
Ph.: 0522527521
via Enzo Bagnoli, 42/A
42035 Castelnovo ne' Monti (RE)
Ph.: 0522 812312
via Roma, 43/A
42035 Castelnovo ne' Monti (Castelnuovo ne' Monti) (RE)
Ph.: 0522 810630
via Roma, 72
42035 Castelnovo ne' Monti (RE)
via della Libertą, 36
42032 Busana (RE)
Ph.: 0522891120
piazza Natale Caroli, 6
42037 Collagna (RE)
Ph.: 0522 897120
via Giuseppe Micheli, 3/M
42035 Castelnovo ne' Monti (RE)
Ph.: 0522721821
via del Lago, 12
42010 Toano (Cerredolo) (RE)
Ph.: 0522 809138
via Casa Gandolfo, 6
42033 Carpineti (RE)
Ph.: 0522818165
via Campanile, 4/1
42034 Casina (RE)
Ph.: 0522 609661
Piazza Martiri della Resistenza, 12
42037 Collagna (RE)
Ph.: 0522897121

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