Emilia Romagna’s Apennine range is a paradise for mountaineers and nature lovers

Monday, 10 January 2022 09:13

For lovers of climbing the Apennine mountains, the central Italian Emilia Romagna region offers a range of possibilities, from rock faces for beginners to climbs for expert mountaineers. But the Emilia Romagna region offers much more than just the climbing itself, because its mountain ranges are also full of beautiful places for walking and picnicking.  

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The Badolo, known as the Sand Castle, is for all levels 

Situated a few kilometers from the town of Sasso Marconi, the Badolo, also known as Sand Castle is popular with climbers and athletes from all over the region. One of the largest and oldest free spots in Emilia-Romagna, it is often used as a gym and open air venue by various local associations to teach boys and girls the art of climbing and the culture and respect for the mountains.

With a vertical surface of 120 meters and intricate slopes, the Badolo is approachable by both beginners and hardened climbers. It also has an excellent exposure with many sunny walls and so is an excellent choice for climbers even in winter. 

The Pietra di Bismantova plateau is a mystical place

The Reggio Emilia Apennines have a unique geological formation at 1047 asl called the Pietra di Bismantova. This narrow plateau with steep walls is also mentioned in the pages of the Divine Comedy where Dante compares it to the mountains of Purgatory. And of course this citation adds to the mystical and spiritual air that is often attributed to it. About 45 kilometres from Reggio Emilia along the State Road 63 it is both a destination for families and a rock gym for the most daring climbers. The Pietra di Bismantova’s climbing routes face east, so during winter it is advisable to climb here in the morning. 

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A network of climbing walls 

The climbing routes in the Romagna are a dense network of equipped walls located throughout the region’s mountainous and hilly territory, some 24 different places where you can have fun with vertical evolutions of all degrees of difficulty. Areas like the Perticara, which takes its name from the nearby town on the border between The Marches and Emilia Romagna. Hidden inside the Valmarecchia valley and recently brought back to life after a few years of inactivity, the Perticara is a fully equipped locality with a small climbing center. Home to an ancient sulphur mine, the town also preserves the memory of its past in the little museum and mining park where it is possible to organize and enjoy various themed excursions. 

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