Pietra di Bismantova, compared by Dante to the mountain of the Purgatory, represents the remains of a larger sandstone bank crushing throughout the centuries because of the lesser consistency of the marls and clays on which it leaned.
Climbing to the top plateau takes an easy and pleasant walk, rewarded at the arrival by a breathtaking panorama over the whole Apennine chain.
If you love climbing, the Pietra is the most interesting and complete practice wall in Emilia-Romagna, even if - for its geographical, morphological, and technical features - is ideal for mountaineers and hikers coming from Northern Italy. It is also a great place to practice bouldering, thanks to the several boulders scattered around the mountain. The Pietra offers exciting long trails: you will find a detailed description of the routes in the official web site of the Local Tourist Board of Castelnovo Monti , in the pages dedicated to mountain sports.
On the northern slope of the gullies of Alpe di Succiso, during the winter, it is possible to practice climbing on the frozen gullies - of course, only if you are adequately equipped and well trained.
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The Park is a mosaic of villages

The Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park is made of a variety of distinct and different pieces that come together to create one unforgettable vacation.
While the diversity of the villages, attractions, forests, and mountains may surprise you, their close proximity allows visitors to see a little bit of everything in a short amount of time.
The more you see, the more you can appreciate the entire region. Explore the mosaic of places, people and experiences which make up the Park!