Pietra di Bismantova, Castelnovo ne' Monti

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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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  • Looks like a Boulder rained from the sky. Fallen by accident and he is staying in an unnatural position. Apparently a mountain turned inside out. At the top there's the tip but a plateau and chestnut. Under the stone there is a small convent of monks and a small church. Destination for climbers who challenge the vertical walls. Surrounded by local restaurants that have excellent cuisine typical of the mountain, with some contamination in Tuscany, at the right price. Note: in the Divine Comedy, Dante mentions the pietra di Bismantova.
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  • It is especially the feeling you get under the stone: it's lacking the sea, but then, all around, mountains, green and air which urges the thoughts, relieving ...
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  • I had never seen such a thing. Personally I didn't go on, even if we reach maximum 20 minutes by walk. Striking bottom view
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