On a pretty day, we decided to follow The Matilda Path to see some of the remnants of the Middle Ages. The Countess Matilda, 1046-1115, ruled a large area in the region and it makes a great day trip to follow the roads that connect her castles. They wind through towns, tiny villages, and up and over mountains with scenic views and castle remnants claiming the highest hills. Be sure and check the days and times that the various castles are open if you want to go inside. Here’s the official website to learn more about the rich history of Matilde and the area.
http://www.matildedicanossa.it/index-eng.htm and a map from their page:
Here is our first stop in one of the historic villages, San Polo d’Enza