Leaving Savognatica the trail descends through woods and farmland in an area characterized by waterways and gullies. You cross the Fosso delle Coste, and the village of Cà Bazzoni before reaching the rural hamlet of Cogliola.
Its location offers a particularly good view over the Secchia River and farmland, thanks to the lie of the gentle southwest-facing slopes. Beyond the village the trail continues downhill to the river.
You cross a bridge, the Ponte dell’Oca, and the provincial road (TAKE CARE). The SM then rises alongside cultivated fields. The route is quite clear even though signposting is a little sparse. In some periods of the year the clay soil of the track makes the path muddy and you may choose to take the asphalted road to Cavola.
The village of Cavola is a lively economic centre thanks to a number of firms that maintain production in the traditional crafts such as carpentry and stonework. There are two buildings of great architectural and artistic interest: the parish church of San Michele and the Oratory of the “Madonna delle Neve” (Our Lady of the Snows).
Above the Church of San Michele the SM branches off to the left along a dirt road that takes you to the village of Stiano with buildings showing features from a variety of different eras.
SPALLANZANI AND FILIPPO RE
The Spallanzani Trail sets off from Scandiano and goes to S. Pellegrino in Alpe, passing through the principal areas of natural importance in the area. It is named after the scientist from Scandiano, Lazzaro Spallanzani, who made a considerable contribution to the development of the empirical method in the development of science. Filippo Re was another important naturalist from Reggio who wrote ‘Viaggio agronomico nella montagna reggiana’ (An Agronomic Journey through the mountains of Reggio) which gives us an idea of life in the Apennines in the eighteenth century.
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