Colline di Selvapiana e Canossa
A special thanks to Claudia Carapezzi for having drawn with mastery and passion for her land, the pictures of these places.
Claudia Carapezzi is originally from Selvapiana (Canossa, Italy), where she lives. She graduated from the Reggio Emilia Institute of Art in 1996, and today works as a designer of furniture and also collaborates with her father's farm, that produces milk for the production of our Parmigiano Reggiano. In 2006 she published "Poesie davanti al presepe” a full-color book, illustrated by the author, which received prizes and some special mentions in literary competitions. In her literary curriculum there are two international awards: "Una rosa per Santa Rosa" (Viterbo) and "Anco Marzio nel Mondo 2005" (Rome).
Sarzano Castle (Casina)
Sarzano Castle, one of the most elegant, picturesque and best-conserved fortresses of the Emilian Apennines, rises majestically up in the lands that once belonged to the Countess Matilda.
Carpineti, or Carpinete, Castle dates to the period of the Hungarian invasions. It was the Countess Matilda who had significant improvements made to the castle, ordering the construction of the church, in Romanesque style, dedicated to Saint Andrew and well preserved to this day. For almost half a century, Carpineti Castle was the centre of the Christian world, during the period of the Investiture Controversy between Church and State.