Natural Trails

The waterfall rio Bucamante
The waterfalls of Rio Bucamante, hidden among the wooded slopes of our area, can be reached by Granarolo, going up the trail nestled in the woods along the river, or from Monfestino. The five natural waterfalls of Rio Bucamante and rare flora of the place have a special charm and is one of the best routes and picturesque hills of Modena. The name “Bucamante” comes from the legend of two lovers: the aristocratic Odina and the young shepherd Tityrus who, not being able to live in the sunlight their love, hampered by her family, jumped into the water, from that day calls “Buca lovers”, hence the name Bucamante. To get to the waterfalls you can take two paths, called just “Tityrus” and “Odina.

The Ophiolite of Pompeano and Varana Sassi
In Varana and in Pompeano there are spectacular and rare rock masses, of volcanic origin, dark green. These gigantic spurs isolated, like the others that we see in our Apennines, sprang from magmatic effusions occurred 200 million years ago on a ridge that had been formed on the seabed of a large gulf called Tetide, which was located where now is the Ligurian Sea. Thirty million years ago, the ridge marina, formed from sand, mud, silt and clay predominantly, along with ophiolites and serpentine, as a result of the compression suffered by the approach of the African and Eurasian continents, became deformed and rising slipped from the place of origin, Tetide, up to here, giving shape to the lands that now make up the Apennines.

The waterfalls of Borre
River of Borre be reached along the via Giardini, in the place of Stella, turning on the junction indicating “Via Bartolacelli” and “Cava di Varana”, after a few minutes you will meet the stream and its four beautiful waterfalls. Along the rio of Borre, not easily covered by the lack of a footpath, between an intriguing vegetation, you can admire waterfalls that reach a height of 20 meters.

The Stone of the Witches
The stone it’s located in the hamlet of Rocca Santa Maria, surrounded by a forest of oak and is a limestone formation containing marine fossils of about six feet high and twelve in circumference. Three hundred feet below you can see traces of limestone, clay, marl and fossil reefs consist almost entirely of large bivalve called Lucina Pomum evidence that the presence of the sea in this area about seven million years ago.The stone of the witches is one of the best outcrop of chemioerme in the world, became from chemio sintetic community.

Salsa of Cintora
Salsa is located in the hamlet of Rocca Santa Maria and has the same characteristics as those of neighboring Nirano: is a cone of about one meter in height from which come salted water, methane gas and mud clay. Before 1975 the cone had reached four meters high. The salsa is called by the locals “Bomb”, because of its cone, during storms, escaping sounds similar to those of small explosions.

The woods of Faeto
Faeto place is in the highest position, opposite Mounte Cimone and Appenino Reggiano is known for its forests of Carbonara, a strikingly beautiful and fresh covered with lush vegetation of chestnut, oaks, maples. From Faeto, traveling for about a kilometre, a magnificent driveway of oaks, you come to the forest “Paradise”, where they grow plants chestnut, oak, hornbeam, beech, pine, birch and yew and spring violets, violets and gentians.
In autumn it’s possible find and collect a lot of fine mushrooms.

The via Vandelli
Along the road Serramazzoni – Sassuolo, a few kilometers from Serramazzoni, between the chestnut trees that cover the northern side of Faeto called “Carbonara”, you can walk along a stretch of the Via Vandelli. The road, which takes its name from Domenico Vandelli, who drew and directed the work of running, started from Sassuolo and passing Campodolio, Varana, Carbonara, Serramazzoni, Casa Ghinelli, Casa Chiozza, is going to join with stretch Main Street Ducale. Via Vandelli go up from Modena along Val Tiepido then go up to San Pellegrino in Alpe and Massa Carrara. The road, which since the thirteenth century constituted a major link road between Emilia and Tuscany, went over time into disuse because of its windings and huge inclines that made it almost impossible to access during the winter. It remains today only a few remnants through the woods of the Apennines.