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Last update 18/08/2014 (ref.130000489)
by the local editorial office of SERRAMAZZONI
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Following the Via Giardini in the direction of Pavullo, take the right turn at four kilometres from Serramazzoni along a flat road which leads to Selva. In documents dating to the twelfth century, Selva was referred to as Silva de Ula or de Virola. The territory, completely covered by woodland, was donated in 1131 by the Bishop of Modena to the monks of the monastery of Saint Peter of Modena, with the aim that they would build a monastery there. The monks built a church there, of which no traces remain as it was destroyed in the 19th century, as well as another building which is still known as the old rectory to this day. It is not known why the monks left this place. The current church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was completed by the engineer Antonio Vandelli in November 1870. Climbing up the narrow road that reaches some new houses and crosses the meadows, you come to Amareto, where there once existed a large house belonging to the Amoretti – Parenti lords, where Duke Francesco V stayed on his way from Modena to Pavullo, where he used to spend the summer months on holiday. Continuing along the ridge, you come to the oratory known as the Madonna di Zanoli. The little church which was built in 1673 and restored in the year 2000, enjoys a particularly panoramic location.