The route from Reggio Emilia to Carpineti crosses many towns of province with of cultural, historical and gastronomic importance. First, we suggest you stop in Località Carraffa, at the Agricultural Company Tralcio, famous for the best grapes in our region cultivated via agronomic methods that guarantee maximum quality, measured by yield per hectare, taste, smell and sugar level. Best then to stop here for the night.
Next day, follow Strada Provinciale 66 towards Arceto: admire the Castle, and then head for Scandiano along via Mazzini. You can park your camper in the rest-area Via Pedemontana (opposite the Hotel Boiardo) and reach the historic centre of the town by bike or on foot. Scandiano, home of poets such as Matteo Maria Boiardo, is full of monuments like the Tower of the Orologio, the birthplace of Spallanzani. You can also enjoy a nature itinerary deep in the hills between the Tresinaro and the Secchia river. Finally, we recommend a visit to the Observatory, 5 minutes from the town centre. Leaving towards Iano, you can stay the night Tenuta di Aljano, and enjoy its prestigious wines.
@Castle of Carpineti
Next we leave for Castellarano: camper parking is available in Piazzale Reverberi, from where you can reach the Piazza XXI Luglio by bike or on foot, and visit the Rocchetta, home of the father of Matilde di Canossa, or proceed higher iup to the castle to enjoy the view of the Aia del Mandorlo. Our next stop is Carpineti, where you should park in the rest-area in Piazza della Fiera. Famous for its still-active romantic castle, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Secchia and Tresinaro Valleys, Carpineti was the favourite home of the Contessa. It was here that the famous «Convegno di Carpineti» took place in 1092, when priests and allies of Matilde discussed the peace proposals of Henry IV. The Countess, encouraged by the words of the hermit Giovanni da Marola, decided to continue the struggle against the Holy Roman Emperor, who was later humiliated in the defeat at nearby Canossa. This town is full of history and culture, but it also offers naturalist area of rare beauty, perfect for a day-out deep in the natural beauty free from our everyday stress.