Pietra di Bismantova, Castelnovo ne' Monti

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Mountain Nature / Park
The Pietra di Bismantova is a geological formation in the Reggiano Apennines, in the comune of Castelnovo ne' Monti, province of Reggio Emilia, central Italy, c. 45 km from Reggio Emilia. It has the shape of a narrow, quasi-cylindrical plateau whose steep walls emerge c. 300 m as an isolated spur from the nearby hills. The top has an elevation of 1,047 m above sea level. It is included in the National Park of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano.The spur is composed of yellowish calcarenite over a marl basement, all formed in the Miocene as a sea bottom. It includes fossils belonging to a tropical environment. It is surrounded by woods, mostly of hazel trees .The Pietra di Bismantova is mentioned by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy .
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  • My family found this place an incredible experience. We slowly walked up to the top to be amazed by the views over the hills. The restaurant half-way through is amazing as well, and they accept paymen...  more »
  • I was told about this amazing place by a friend who said it had amazing views and he was not wrong. Upon arrival I was very lucky to get a parking space in the main carpark 9:30am which was free but w...  more »
  • Fabulous views when you reach the top. Climbing is fairly easy - took us about half an hour or so. (We chose the easier route)  more »