At the village of Cigarello, next to the dairy and opposite two remarkable tower-houses, there are two variants of the SM arriving from Casina, one from Marola (650) and one from Valcava.
The SM crosses the provincial road 86 (DANGEROUS CROSSING) and then follows the asphalted road that leads to S. Donnino along the Tresinaro River. Turn right into the town, passing the cemetery and the medieval church. The flatter land here is of considerable interest for its agricultural and architectural features. Leaving the village you find yourself once again following the river and then cross the water over an old bridge from which the trail climbs up an ancient track that leads to the village of Riana. From here a short detour takes you to the village of Regigno, while the SM follows the asphalted road past Rio Riana climbing uphill until it joins the provincial road 7 when it reaches the outlying houses of Carpineti (REST POINT).
Take care when crossing the main road and continue to the town centre along Via 1 Maggio and then turn left onto Via Crispi (campervan area). Go past Piazza Repubblica, with the Town Hall on your left. The Town Hall is one of the older buildings, including Palazzo Amorotti, that give onto Piazza Matilde di Canossa. Opposite the square the SM climbs uphill meeting the old road that links Carpineti and the castle. As you go up you can admire some of the village’s oldest buildings on your left and the new parish church on your right. The SM rises rapidly into the woods coming to the ridge where it meets the Spallanzani Trail just below the Castle of Carpinete, a short distance above on the left.
At the Castle of Carpinete the Matilda Trail crosses the Spallanzani Trail, which leads east to the parisch church of San Vitale, taking about 40 minutes. From the Castle of Carpinete the SM and the Spallanzani Trail take south-west the same course for a stretch along the ridge.
Then, while the Spallazani Trail branches off towards the Rock of Bismantova, the SM peels off to the left and then begins to go downhill and crosses the local road at the Church of San Pietro. The trail passes to the right of the buildings and down through the village of Savognatica, which preserves a number of interesting architectural elements.
SCARPAZZONE, SHEEPMEAT AND ‘SAVURETT[/dt_hghlight]
The area of Carpineti produces several rather special gastronomic products whose origins can be traced back to its history, such as the use of sheepmeat from Byzantine times (barzigole and violino, respectively mutton steaks and mutton ham), as well as the traditional rural savurett, a compote obtained from slow-boiling local autumn fruits (per nobel and per spaler), or the local version of the savoury pie, the scarpazzone, made with greens and the rice brought home by the women who went to labour as seasonal workers in the paddy fields.
These products, along with the chestnut, feature in a number of different festivals and events throughout the year.
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