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).
The hills of Canossa mark the start of the Reggio Apennines, which rise up to the south towards the Tuscany and Liguria regions, with peaks that top 2000 metres: Monte Cusna “the Giant”, Alpe di Succiso, which offers splendid views from the top over the Gulf of La Spezia, and Monte Prado, with its splendid Bargetana lake. In the middle Apennines, you can admire the Pietra di Bismantova, whose severe sandstone profile has no equal worldwide. The location of a Benedictine monastery, a destination for pilgrims and a paradise for extreme rock climbing enthusiasts to practise their skills. This area has been protected with the creation of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park.
Ancient yet contemporary. Known for its fine cuisine and excellent quality of life, Reggio Emilia is a city of art and culture. Its most emblematic monuments are the seventeenth-century Basilica della Ghiara, an example of Emilian Baroque (inside which you can admire splendid works such as the Crucifixion by Guercino) and the famous “Romolo Valli” Municipal Theatre, the hub of the town’s cultural life.
The best place to start exploring the centre is the eighteenth-century Tricolore Room, the birthplace of Italy’s national flag on 07.01.1797. From here, in Piazza Prampolini, move on to admire the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Town Hall, and cross the Broletto porticoes into Piazza San Prospero, with the basilica dedicated to the patron saint of Reggio Emilia.
For info: www.municipio.re.it
The elegant Parma is full of surprises. To visit it, start out from Piazza Duomo, with its magnificent Cathedral, Baptistery and Bishop’s Palace. As you stroll through the Old Town, you’ll discover a number of genuine masterworks, testifying to the noble families that once ruled over the city, from the House of Farnese to the House of Bourbon.
Parma is a popular destination with music lovers, thanks to the splendid Teatro Regio opera house, inaugurated in 1859 by Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma.
The centre of culture in Parma, and one of the city’s most important monuments, is Palazzo della Pilotta, with the Parma National Gallery, where you can admire the works of Correggio Parmigianino, Canova, Tiepolo and the great Leonardo da Vinci.
For info: www.comune.parma.it
Renowned as the land of motors, Modena is not only the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the place where Maserati cars are made; it is also a city of culture and art, where visitors can admire the Romanesque Cathedral, the Ghirlandina Tower and Piazza Grande, declared a UNESCO world heritage site. All of these are masterworks testifying to Man’s genius, in the new figurative language created by the architect Lanfranco and the sculptor Wiligelmo.
For info: www.comune.modena.it