The Countess of Matilda Castle “Path”, Reggio Emilia, Italy

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

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IMG_5394Interesting local sculpture…

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IMG_2395This little church drew me in…

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IMG_2403And back on the road to the next stop ~ we were briefly stopped and our car rental paperwork check by the local police, but no problem and continued on. First castle on the hill..

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IMG_2416This Trattoria and bar across the road from the first castle looked like a great place for a meal with panoramic views.

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IMG_2478Super curvy roads and big scenery – take your time!

IMG_2480This little camper had a “top of the world” amazing view

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IMG_2487Next stop, a local dairy farm that makes cheese!

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