How to get there:
Distance from Reggio Emilia: km 37
You get there taking the SS 63 up to the intersection of Marola (just after the "Seminario" tunnel) and then you take the SP 98 following the directions. You can also get there taking the SP 7 Scandiano, Viano, Baiso (or just after Viano getting on the SP 98)
Distance from Modena: km 63
You get there taking the SS 486 of the Radice Pass. Once in Cerredolo you take the SP 19 and then you continue up to Colombaia di Secchia. Here you follow the directions for Carpineti.
The arenacious massif of Valestra - Fosola and Mount Antognano define the southern border of the big open and active basin of Carpineti (whose name supposedly derives from the presence of hornbeam bushes) immersed between the Secchia river and the Tresinaro torrent. Due to this peculiar geological formation, along with the effects of atmospheric phenomena, the area has numerous forms of erosion, deep natural cavities, curious rounded knolls, terraces, rounded pinnacles and niches. These contain on the eastern side of the wall near Mt. Valestra, predatory birds and rare cactus, often giving up the remains of fauna fossils. The dislocation of the ridge, which is on the embankment of the median Secchia valley and penetrating deep into the Apennines, connects to the tallest passes which lead to Tuscany, and has made it the preferred seat of a communications axis since prehistoric times, which is alleged to have connected Emilia to Garfagnana and Lunigiana. Carpineti today is a holiday resort which quickly developed and renovated itself building - wise. Of the castle which stands above it, and which can be reached by taking a very steep and winding road, only a few superb and charming ruins remain. The antique fortified complex, of noteworthy architectural value, has retained part of its original plan, centered on a massive donjon bordered by an irregular wall, reinforced by circular outposts which must have garrisoned the main entrances. Immediately below you can see the ruins of the hamlet, the cemetery and the valuable chapel of the castle dedicated to Sant'Andrea, probably erected by Matilde and consecrated in the XI century, which on the façade shows and architraved artistic portal. The complex fits in admirably with the surrounding landscape, positioning itself in a graduated way on the rugged sandstone walls to which it seems to be the natural continuation. The charm of the area made the municipal administration include it in a vast district park project, anticipated by the choice of numerous historical -naturalistic interest itineraries, one of which leads through the woods of the ridge to nearby San Vitale. Situated on a grassy plateau, which can be reached only on foot, it shows today only a few ruins. In the center of the administrative capital, amongst the architectural styles of the village, you will notice the small piazza of the municipal set and in particular Amorotti palace. The latter, even though restored, still reveals parts of its original characteristics with an articulated volume for a 16th century tower.