Carpineti Castle is today a monumental ruin that preserves among its walls the memory of historic events of great reach. Its history is long and full of curiosity. You can find all the castle information on the official site, www.castellodicarpineti.it.
Located in the municipality of Carpineti (in the province of Reggio Emilia), the precise date of its construction is unknown, but it is known that it was the property of Countess Matilde of Canossa. The castle was of enormous strategic importance since it overwhelmed the surrounding area and, being fortified, was practically impenetrable.
Here Pope Gregory VII took refuge after the famous meeting with Emperor Henry IV at Canossa. Historically, we are in the period of the clash between papacy and empire. After the death of Matilde, the castle passed from family to family: among the most well-known owners certainly worth mentioning Domenico Amorotto, famous 16th century brigand and adventurer, who owned the castle for ten years.
The castle continued to go hand in hand until the second half of the last century when it was bought in 1978 by the Province of Reggio Emilia. The main building was now a ruin, also because it had been damaged by the Germans during World War II because it was believed to be a partisan hideaway.
After some fundamental restorations, the castle is now accessible to visitors. In particular, the tower of the doorman, whose peak is reachable and from which you can enjoy a view of the surrounding area, absolutely breathtaking. The importance of the castle in the community is also underlined by the use of its premises for various activities and events.
Around the castle there was also a small hamlet of which there are only a few murals today. Of course, we must remember the Church of St. Andrew, consecrated in 1077 and still celebrated religious functions.
A truly original and spectacular way to enjoy the castle and the surrounding landscape is to make a hot air balloon ride. This activity is available throughout the year and, because of its particular nature, is a type of excursion that has been named “Castelli in aria”. In short, the castle is undoubtedly a privileged place to visit, rich in a complex and ancient history, but at the same time alive. In addition, it is embedded in a territory whose natural beauty increases its timeless charm.