A SPECIAL PLACE
Our company has always had a home in a special place with a fairy tale name: Pietracolora, in honour of the Pre d’la Clùra’ which means meadow of kernels or of ‘Préda Cloreda’, coloured stone. It is here that our products are born, in the heart of the Apennines of Bologna and Modena, between the Valleys of Reno and Panaro. A ‘natural terrace’ that also overlooks the High Tuscany and then down to the Tyrrhenian Sea, where the sea air enriches our cured meats. Forests, water sources, lush valleys and pristine paths: nature is the protagonist of a vast territory between three regions. Pietracolora is no exception: a hamlet of Gaggio Montano, it dominates, from the top of the ridge, the valley of the Aneva, torrent, a confluent of the Marano river. Those who pass by cannot help but notice The Sassane a sandstone formation with a small hot spring overhanging river Marano. All under the imposing eye of the Cimone mountain that, with its 2,165 meters, is the highest peak of the Emilia-Romagna region. Nearby is the town of Gaggio Montano, in an open and panoramic position, famous for the ‘Sasso di Rocca‘, a huge boulder, from the top of which visitors can access one of the most enchanting views of the Bologna province. Looking at the Modena side, just ten kilometres from Pietracolora, is Montese, whose thirteenth-century fortress overlooks the upper valley of the Panaro, from the Apennines to the plain that leads to the beautiful city of Modena. The castle of Montese takes visitors to past and magical times: mentioned since the Twelfth Century and that belonged to Matilda of Canossa before going to the Montecuccoli, the Raimondo dynasty (1609-1680) in 1212, the famous commander, politician and writer from Frignano. The story is intertwined in Montese, with a fertile and productive land, from potatoes, protected by a protection branding to the Parmigiano Reggiano, and chestnuts. Nature has also been generous with Porretta, a place that is less than twenty kilometres from Pietracolora, in the lush and fertile valley of the Rio Maggiore, torrent, an affluent of Reno. Its history is very old and is inextricably linked to the presence of healing water on the land. The thermal springs were already well-frequented in Roman times but the medieval legend tells a different story: a sick ox was left free his master and went to drink in one of the thermal springs. Completely healed he returned to his master who celebrated and spread the news on the healing and medical qualities of the waters of Porretta.
Not far from Porretta, in the Rhine Valley, is Molino del Pallone: thanks to clean air and unpolluted forests this locality won the title of the greenest town in Europe in 2009. Along the Porrettana road, in the Savignano locality in the municipality of Grizzana Morandi, visitors cannot avoid stopping at Rocchetta Mattei: an eccentric fortress built, at the behest of Count Cesare Mattei in 1850, on the ruins of an ancient thirteenth-century castle, a labyrinthine tangle of rooms, towers and ladders mixing the medieval style with the Moorish one.
Even recent history has left its mark on these territories leaving even deeper wounds. Not far from Rocchetta Mattei, in the same town of Grizzana Morandi, there is Historic Park of Monte Sole, a protected area of about 6,300 hectares that, besides the municipality of Grizzana, those of Marzabotto and Monzuno and covers almost the entire area involved in the massacre of Monte Sole of 1944, when the Nazi-Fascist violence led the death of hundreds of civilians, elderly people, women and children in this area, This protected area was created in 1989 to keep the memory of this dramatic story alive, and its main scope, in addition to the protection and valorisation of the environment, is spreading a culture of peace especially dedicated to the younger generations.