Unseen glimpses of the Reggio Emilia Apennines
Looking at the panorama from a different perspective discovering never-before-seen views. This is the goal of the Big Bench Community Project, circuit of big benches created throughout Italy from an idea of US designer Chris Bangle. The man, who has lived with his wife Catherine in the village of Clavesana, in the province of Cuneo, since 2009, imagined a first huge bench there from which he could admire the surrounding landscape. Soon the project expanded to include, currently, over 100 giant benches, including Big Bench Baiso #93, in the province of Reggio Emilia.
The bright orange seat was inaugurated in summer of 2020 and thanks to its privileged position, it allows people to discover places where they would otherwise not linger. From the town centre, take CAI path 632 to reach it. The first section is paved, in the sun, until it enters the shadier forest. The route, easy and undemanding for children, takes about 30 minutes, pushchairs are not recommend.
Once there, observe the points of interest thanks to the telescope and map at the foot of the installation. In the foreground on the left, the calanchi (gullies) can be seen, behind the Asinelli tower and the Basilica of San Luca in Bologna. Mount Cusna and Modena's Torre Ghirlandina Tower are in the distance.