MAP

03b_Cavola-Toano

Stage Features

2h 10′

8 km

Difficulty Rating: E

After Stiano the SM continues onto the town road for Corneto, skirting the sports field and rising through woods, emerging at the village of Cà de Gatti. You then continue through fields up to Manno where you can still see the paved road, courtyard and nineteenth century Villa of the Ghirardini family, and the church of Saints Prospero and Paul.

A fountain and a picnic area have been sited near a group of secular oak trees, from which you start the climb towards Toano (REST POINT). The SM picks up the same course here as path 682 passing uphill through fields, but when the track is too muddy it is advisable to follow the asphalted road.

Path 682 continues straight on, while the SM forks to the left firstly along a stretch of asphalted road before going off to the right along a dirt road that climbs up to the village of the castle of Toano and the Romanesque parish church of Santa Maria in Castello, one of the best preserved in the diocese with its extraordinary sandstone capitals that blend all the cultures of the Middle Ages (Germanic, classical, and Byzantine).

At the parish church take path 682 to the west along the ridge into the forest from which you emerge at the village of Polcione, where the SM runs downhill to the left and firstly crosses the local road to Cavola and then the provincial road (DANGEROUS CROSSING). The descent to the Dolo River is through the main street of the village of Polcione, which runs onto a carriage road and leads to the Oratory of Prevedelli and the village of Frale.

THE CECCATI AND THE TOANO PARISH CHURCH

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For generations, between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the Ceccati family were the artisans that adorned local churches with unique and valuable works of art: altarpieces, ciboria, and carved wood and sandstone ornaments. Along the Matilda Trail you may see the family home at Stiano, and precious artwork in the churches of Cavola as well as the bell at Corneto and the altarpieces at Manno. Corneto is home to the Ceccati Study Centre. Wood and stone are still worked in the valley, where the parish church  probably provided inspiration to the local craftsmen to further refine materials that were commonly used out of necessity.