In the shadow of the Upper Apennines of Modena
Stretching over more than 15,000 hectares with an elevation difference ranging from 500 metres to the 2,000 metres of Monte Cimone, the highest mountain in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the Frignano Park boasts great natural diversity. Glacial cirques feature alongside beech forests and vast expanses of undergrowth, enabling the conservation of rare plant and animal species.
The protected area offers a rich network of trails and routes designed for mountain biking and trekking. For horse-riding enthusiasts, a bridle path runs through the park, while those who enjoy exploring with a compass and map in hand will find a rich calendar of orienteering opportunities.
Half an hour’s drive away is Santo Lake in Modena, accessible from Pievepelago. It is part of an itinerary known as “Pian de remi”, after the ancient “Via dei remi”—along which timber for large ships was transported to the sea—which once passed through there.
A more challenging route, due to the elevation difference, is the Via Germanica Imperiale, Stage 14, from Montecreto to Fiumalbo. The first section goes through wooded paths, leading to the charming, semi-abandoned ancient village of Magrignana. A little further on is a bridge over a river with beautiful waterfalls, a traditional watermill, and finally the village of Riolunato, with its charming historic centre.