Recently I have been exploring the lower Apennine foothills.
Here are some photo’s of my latest wanderings.
One of the defining features of this zone is the presence of fortified farm houses known as “Case Torre”. Each hamlet usually has one or two.
The first walk was from Viano (RE) to the castle of Viano. The first point of interest is a “Casa torre” or Tower house. The walk ended at the castle which is being restored.
|Casa Torre. S. Polo, Viano|
|Window with Lombard symbol.S. Polo, Viano|
The second walk I did was to go from Vedriano(RE) to Pietra Nera. These are two medieval “borghi”. Each has its own tower house.
|Who did the structural engineering?|
|Casa Torre. Pietra Nera|
At the end of Pietra Nera is a balsalt volcanic outcrop which gives the hamlet its name.
On the way back home I stopped at Borzano.
|Medieval good luck charm|
|Bad weather coming in from Liguria|
Whilst wasting time at lunchtime the other day ( I get a two hour lunch break !) I took some photo’s near Canossa(RE).