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TERRITORY - A charming mix of culture and nature, the Modenese Apennines are also renowned for gastronomic specialities as well as sports facilities for every kind of free time activity. Free time is seen as an essential to enrich our lives physically, mentally and culturally.

CULTURE - The Modenese Territory is a meeting place of diverse civilizations: from the first inhabitants of the Bronze Age to the Etruscans, Celts, Romans, Lombards through to the centuries long domination of the Estensi. Each leaving its own trace, from simple archeological remains to numerous linguistic relics and wonders of medieval art (churches, oratories, craftwork, hamlets, fortresses, turreted castles); from renaissance courts to palaces and villas from the 16th/ 17th century, to the recent artistic work of our days. From the plain lands to the rolling hills and the Apennine peaks, it is possible to reconstruct our past through physical and cultural evidence, museum exhibits that document the evolution of mankind, the activities that have taken place, the economy and the mentality of those who have passed down this precious information.

ENVIRONMENT - The protected areas, natural parks, areas of ecological balance, faunal oasi and the Frignano Park that make up the Apennine Territory contribute to the overall realization of a harmonious and sustainable relationship between man and nature. On foot, by bicycle on horse on skis and even snow shoes: there are many ways to immerse oneself in the beauty of the surrounding nature. An ancient network of pathways can be found among the rolling hills weaving through a suggestive landscape of chestnut , oak, birch and pine woods, through to the foot of the highest Apennine peaks, where some of the most characteristic lakes of this area can be admired. Here, in close contact with the most exclusive species of highland fauna and beautiful flora, one can enjoy unexpected sights and forgotten aromas and fragrances. A visit to the botanical gardens and characteristic highland lakes and walks along the highest ridges of the Apennines, is a discovery of the human aspiration to be at one with nature.

SPORT - Sport is important, even more so when in the open air and in close contact with nature, breathing in pure air. Where better than the Modenese Apennines, a place with sports facilities for all needs? In the summer and winter touristic centres, the Territory offers numerous and often exclusive packages: not just tennis, football, athletics, volleyball and basketball, mountain biking, paragliding, trekking...
Some specific indoor structures mean swimming, ice skating, rollerblading, tennis and team sports (volleyball, basketball, football, five a side football and handball….) are available all year round, both at an amateur and agonistic level. The most specific package is however that for snow sports. With numerous slopes dedicated to specialist ski sports, from bob, alpine skiing to sports on ice. Sporting people of all ages and all levels and abilities can take advantage of the snow covered mountains: natural gyms for physical and mental activity. Linked to the snow sports activities, the winter stations of the Modenese Apennines propose rich entertainment programmes so as to offer a complete and relaxing touristic package.

GASTRONOMY - To complete the picture of fascinating surroundings and the cultural charm left by the passing of the centuries, we can add the gastronomic specialities well known to those who are interested in food and territory. In fact, one of the most pleasant ways of discovering the character of a place is by knowing how to eat. The Modenese mountains offer an infinite variety of mushrooms ( the chanterelles/finferli, St George’s and above all the precious porcini), locally grown and cooked in an infinite number of ways, the traditional tortellini and the ricotta and spinach tortelli, not to forget the ‘ciacci’, made from chestnut flour, distinguished ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and much more. The delicious sweets, chocolate, sugars and crunchies are a must. Jams and typical liquors made from berries, nuts, fragrant fruits of the forest: blueberries and raspberries in particular. Many of these gastronomic specialities are the protagonists of local festivities and traditions.

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Borgo di Montecreto

Montecreto

CENTRO STORICO DI MONTECRETO: Le case furono edificate lungo il ripido percorso che porta al "castello". Di quest'ultimo, probabilmente sorto in epoca medievale, rimane solo il mastio, oggi adibito a campanile. Gli edifici del vecchio borgo sono collegati da un percorso lastricato e caratterizzati da portali a tutto sesto, fineste riquadrate, architravi e fregi in arenaria risalenti al Quattrocento. Nell'altura dove sorgeva il castello medievale, fu edificata nel XVII sec. la chiesa dedicata a S. Giovanni Battista. Al suo interno, degni di nota sono l'altare affrescato risalente al 1505, proveniente dall'oratorio di S. Rocco, un crocifisso in legno policromo del XIII sec., il fonte battesimale ornato con bassorilievi del XVI sec. ed il pulpito scolpito in pietra. ACQUARIA: Questo antico borgo conserva ancora la sua antica struttura medievale a corti chiuse con archi di accesso e strade lastricate. Tra di esse spicca Casa Carlotti, una dimora signorile a corte chiusa con torre angolare ed oratorio. All'interno della corte vi sono vari particolari decorativi di pregio, tra cui gli intagli "a dente di lupo" sui 5 mensoloni di quercia che sorreggono lo sporto di gronda, la pavimentazione del cortile in grandi lastre di arenaria ed i due portali settecenteschi. CA' BARATTA: E' un nucleo rurale articolato a corte chiusa, con torre-colombaia del Quattrocento ed oratorio del Settecento. Sul colmo della facciata di quest'ultimo è da segnalare un piccolo campanile a vela. LA SORBELLA: E' una borgata rurale a corti multiple di origine tardo medievale. Nonostanti i numerosi rimaneggiamenti, si possono individuare interessanti particolari come un sottoportico d'accesso alla corte del Quattrocento ed un portale trilitico affiancato da una maestà del Sei-Settecento. LA TORRE: Questo nucleo rurale fu edificato nel Trecento su uno sprone roccioso sopra un impianto di torre recinto.Sono ancora visibili ruderi dell'antica torre risalente al XIII sec. MAGRIGNANA: All'inizio dell'XI sec., questo borgo era cinto da mura e possedeva una torre a presidio della strada che collegava i castelli di Montecreto e Riolunato. Tra gli edifici più interessanti sono da segnalare un complesso basso-medievale comprendente una casa rurale del XVI secolo e la "Torraccia", una residenza edificata sui resti dell'antica torre, ed una casa a corte chiusa del XV-XVI sec., con elementi di spicco quali un portale con stemma scolpito e finestre di arenaria.Vi è anche una chiesa dedicata a S. Geminiano, ricostruzione della parrocchiale precedente del 1652.Poco distante si trova la "canonica vecchia", edificata alla fine del Medioevo, che presenta un bel portale trilitico del 1513.

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