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Salsomaggiore Terme, which is situated among the hills of the Parmesan Apennines, is renowned for its thermal waters, but also for the large number of works from the Liberty architect, painter and sculptor Galileo Chini.
Bianello Castle was the home of Mattilde during the interludes betweens the many wars she faced. Here, in the year 1111, the Emperor Henry V, crowned her Queen of Italy and Imperial Viceroy. Even now, every year during springtime, this event is commemorated by a parade dedicated to her.
The castles of Matilde di Canossa.
The imposing defence structures the teams will encounter as they cross the Apennines, allowed Matilde di Canossa to counter the frequent attacks of Emperor Henry the 4th, and became a symbol of her authority when she became queen of Italy.
The Tower of Rossenella
The Fortress of Rossena and his tower are still a well preserved example of the fortified architecture of the period. In contrast with the other fortifications which were transformed in time into noble residences, Rossena has retained the original installations that made it a true war machine designed to block any hostile approach coming from the Enza valley.
The Val d’ Enza
The Val d’Enza, created by the homonymous river that divides the provinces of Reggio Emilia and Parma, is made up by a stretch of lowland and one of mountains which is particularly interesting for its peculiar historical, geological and natural characteristics. One of the typical stone houses of Selvapiana was the occasional residence of Petrarch, where he wrote many of his poems.
The Pietra di Bismantova and Castelnuovo Monti.
Rising from Castelnovo Monti we reach the Pietra di Bismantova, the residue of a more extensive bank of sandstone, mentioned by Dante Alighieri in his “Divina Commedia”. Under the cliff walls of this sacred and magic mountain the teams will enjoy their first lunch.
The Pradarena Pass
The Pradarena Pass (1.579 m) is the highest pass that separates Emilia-Romagna from Tuscany. It was already known to the Romans, they used it in 183 BC to send reinforcements to the soldiers sieged by the Gauls along the Via Aemilia. Because of its height, the pass is a good starting point for exploring both the crests of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park, to enjoy its breathtaking views.
The Tuscan Emilian Appenin National Park
The Tuscan Emilian Appenine National Park is better known as the “Parco del Gigante” (Park of the Giant),and it is noted for its luxuriant vegetation, you can find castles, villages and mediaeval towers, archaeological sites, and burial grounds, the hot springs of Quara, important country houses and residences. Between the plains and the Tuscan and Ligurian sea coast, the Apennines rise in a long line of more than 2000 metres and links Europe with the Mediterranean.
Castelnuovo is the main town and the heart of the green Garfagnana, which is the northern part of the river Serchio’s valley, enclosed by the Apuan Alps and the Apennines. The town has several distinct zones called “rioni”, the most famous one is the “Central rione”, which consists of the fortified citadel, where are situated some of the most iconic buildings.
The Apuan Alps.
The Apuan Alps, known since the Roman Empire for their bone-white marble, are the wonderful background of Forte dei Marmi and the whole Versilia.
Forte dei Marmi: the heart of Versilia.
Forte dei Marmi is one of the most famous and exclusive seaside resorts in the world. The heart of Versilia will host the participants with an unforgettable beach party.
The birthplace of great composers like Giacomo Puccini or Luigi Boccherin, Lucca is one of the few cities of the world that kept intact its fortified walls, 4.450 kilometres long. The historical city centre is well preserved, and has numerous medieval churches, towers, bell towers, Renaissance palaces and monuments, all of which are in complete harmony with newer structures. All the cars of Terre di Canossa will ride on the ancient walls of Lucca
The city of Pisa contains invaluable treasures. The heart of its precious artistic and architectonic capital is the famous Duomo Square, called the Square of Miracles, where rise up the characteristic leaning tower and the Baptistery. Part of an artistic wealth of the city is spread among the rest of the city , in its territory, and in pisan countryside.
The Lake of Massaciuccoli
Already known by the Romans as the lake of the Papirian Pits, the Lake of Massaciuccoli is famous for being the favoured hunting ground of the Luccan composer Giacomo Puccini. Today, the lake lost its former brackish lagoon look, and is considered a typical lake-pond, due to its depth and salinity
Viareggio originated from a castle, to defend the coast and the adjacent territories. At the start of the 20th century, Viareggio had become the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea”, famous all over Europe and characterized by a mix of Eclectic- and Liberty-style architecture and for the impressive papier-mâché allegorical chariots that parade along the promenade.
Capital of the historical Versilia, Pietrasanta is an internationally renowned centre for the manufacture of bronze and marble. Thanks to an old city centre well preserved and rich in monuments, it became a proper city of art. The famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci was born in Valdicastello, a few kilometres from the city. He had a strong tie to his homeland, which he often remembered in his works.
Michelangelo and the Caves on the Mount Altissimo
In spite of its name, the Mount Altissimo (“The Highest Mount”) is one of the lowest peaks in the Apuane Alps, but it appears as most prominent one from the Tyrrhenian coast. Composed mainly of high quality marble, which was discovered by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1517, they it was benn also divine inspiration for Gabriele D’ annunzio. It is also possible to visit the trenches of the Gothic Line along the sides of the mountain, which were built by the Germans during World War II.
The region enclosed between the Apuane Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, called Garfagnana, offers a wide range of landscapes, like the inaccessible and uncontaminated mountains, rocky on the Alps and grassy and gentler on the Apennines, which become beautiful hills at lower heights. The abundance of water characterizes both the climate and the environment of this area, making it green and lush, so much so that the Garfagnana is called the “Green Island” of Tuscany.
The Modena circuit
The new Modena Circuit was built upon a terrain with a particular configuration, which makes it interesting for both cars and bikes; it is 2.007 metres long, with challenging turns that alternate between fast chicanes and large-radius before the two main straights. The Circuit is the successor to the old Modena Aero-autodrome, which was opened in 1950.
Designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava, they are the modern door of Reggio Emilia. The North Bridge will host the last three time trials of the rally.
Reggio Emilia, City of the Tricolore (the Italian flag).
Founded by the Roman consul Marco Emilio Lepido, Reggio Emilia is the place where the first Italian flag was born, in 1797. Today it’s one of the most industrialized provinces in Italy, and is also a “capital” of pedagogy, thanks to its nursery schools that are considered the best in the world.
The Tricolore Hall and the awards ceremony
In this hall the representatives of the Free Towns of Reggio, Modena, Bologna and Ferrara met on the 7th of January 1797 to proclaim the Cispadanic Republic. They adopted the three coloured flag (green, white, red) that became the Italian National Flag in 1848. The Tricolore Hall will be the location of the Prize giving Ceremony.