The Pietra di Bismantova, which stands out like an island, with rugged and rocky sides and a flat top, is the second destination of this photo trip.
Kind of magical mountain in the Reggiano Apennines, it is said it inspired Dante for his Purgatory. What is sure is that it is mentioned in the Canto IV, to describe the harshness of the ascent: «Vassi in Sanleo e discendesi in Noli, montasi su in Bismantova e ’n Cacume con esso i piè; ma qui convien ch’om voli» (i.e. the slope is so steep that feet are not enough. Here the wings of desire are needed to fly).
If it made such an impression on Dante, who probably was there in 1306, it can really be an interesting subject to be framed in photographs.
Its unmistakable profile can be shot from a distance. Or you may engage uphill thanks to trails with different difficulty degrees, from the easiest, to be covered on foot or on horseback, to the most challenging mountain trails, including a via ferrata.
As a symbol of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park, the Pietra di Bismantova is also one of the most interesting climbing walls in Emilia Romagna. From its top, the view opens up to the Alps.