Petrarca temple


Selvapiana - 42026 Canossa


How to get there:

It is situated in Selvapiana in Canossa administrative area. From Ciano d'Enza along SS513 to Castelnovo nè Monti taking the first turning.

Weekday hours:

During the weekdays reservation for groups

Holiday hours:

From 23 March to 4 May and from 14 September to 18 September: Sunday and Bank Holiday from 15.00 to 19.00
From 10 May to 7 September: - Saturday from 15.00 to 19.00 - Sunday and Bank Holiday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00

Opening times:

Spring and Summer

Tourist Area:

Appennino Reggiano

Geographic Area:

Land of the period of countess Matilde di Canossa

Additional notes:


Analytical text:

Francesco Petrarca went to Selvapiana to have a rest and write surrounded by nature - in 1341 he went to Rossena Castle - and here he finished his poem Africa. To remember this in 1838 - 1847 Duchess Maria Luigia made this temple built in Selvapiana and decorated by Francesco Scaramuzza - There is aloso a mrble statue by Tommaso Bandini. The writing at the front was dictated by Pietro Giordani a friend of Giacomo Leopardi - Later next to the temple they built the house for the keeper. All this in the place where there was the house where Petrarca stayed. in the last years it has beeen redecorated.
There is also a monument realized by the sculpture school with the stone from Canossa.
It can be a very small park very nice and pleasant connected to different paths.


Piazza Matteotti, 28 - loc. Ciano d'Enza, 42026 Canossa (RE)
0522 248411, 0522 248450

Last update: December 12, 2023