Toano, Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Toano is a natural marvel, lying on the ridge, which separates the Dolo and Secchia valley.
Information about Toano
Toano is a natural marvel, lying on the ridge, which separates the Dolo and Secchia valley. First mentioned in 907 but it was when it became Queen Matilde’s property in the second half of the 11th Century that it developed apace in terms of agriculture and architecture. The church of Queen Matilde’s castle, dedicated to Santa Maria, is one of the finest and best preserved religious buildings of the whole Apennine territory. Much more recently, the Ceccatis, renowned local wood artists, carved a magnificent wooden alter inside the chapel of the Madonna della Neve in Cavola, the municipalities largest village.
A mineral water spring at Quara was known and used by the Romans. Other points of interest in the area is the nice bell tower at Corneto and the excellent stone relief in the church of S. Michele Arcangelo in Massa depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. There is also annual competition in Toano called ‘Ruzzolo’, completing a course while throwing a large round disc by means of a rope, the winner is the one who completes the course in the least number of throws!
The area is also noted for its beautiful Apennines woods with their fields of bluebells while the snow capped peaks of Mount Cusna and Mount Prampa offer a tranquillity and natural beauty that is truly breathtaking. The ski slopes of Febbio are a short distance and the area has many family run Pizzerias and restaurants where gastronomic delights await you.
Province: Reggio Emilia
Region: Emilia Romagna