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The Municipality of Frassinoro is one of the largest ones in Italy in terms of surface area. From Mount Modino in the north, it extends up to San Pellegrino in Alpe in the south, on the border with Tuscany. It is rich in Matilda-related history as it was home to the Abbey that, starting from the 11th cent., held the spiritual and temporal rule over most part of our mountains for hundreds of years. A few traces of the original church are left in today's interesting building, dating back to the middle of the 15th cent. Inside precious finds and treasures are kept, bearing witness to its past splendour: the Frassinoro’s ”dove”, a gold-plated copper and polychrome enamel pyx that was donated by Matilda of Canossa to the Abbot of the time, finely sculptured white marble capitals, medieval bas-relieves, and two big recently restored 17th cent. paintings. A few hundred metres from the centre of Frassinoro, there are the cross-country ski slopers of Lago Murato, made famous by a well-known Italian champion of this discipline: Tonino Biondini, the popular coach of the Italian national team. Moreover, there are many other interesting hamlets and villages. Riccovolto Vecchio: featuring 16th cent. buildings. Muschioso: where houses, stables and barns are built with stones, architraves and vaults coming from an ancient destroyed castle. There is also a natural “gym” of rocks. Rovolo: a 16th cent. village with buildings showing a fine medieval architecture. Romanoro: its 17th church houses canvases and works of artists of the time. Piandelagotti: an excellent summer and winter resort. The nearby ski slopers of Prati di S. Geminiano turn Piandelagotti into an ideal cross-country skiing resort, with 40 km of well-beaten slopers running through the Park of Frignano. Sassatella: it has been famous ever since Roman times for the “flames of fire” coming out from the ground (it was methane, today exploited for household and industrial purposes). Not far from Passo delle Radici, there is the ancient home of S. Pellegrino in Alpe. The tradition has it that it was founded by St. Pellegrino in the 7th cent., although the earliest evidence about this building dates back to the year 1100. In ancient times pilgrims going up to the Alps used to bring one or more stones as a penance, which can still be seen in the locality of "Giro del Diavolo". A sanctuary was later built near the home to house St. Pellegrino and St. Bianco’s bodies, which still is a pilgrimage and devotion place as it was in the past. Despite a few details that reveal its modern construction, if you happen to visit this sanctuary in winter when it emerges from the clouds, surrounded by the snow, you will be plunged into an atmosphere recalling that of Umberto Eco’s famous novel "The Name of the Rose".




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