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località Cà Gennara 18

40046 Capugnano fraz. di Alto Reno Terme (BO)

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Ca' Gennara is situated in the Parish of Capugnano, part of the Porretta Terme region. The area is historically known for the cultivation of chestnut trees, which today are almost completely forgotten, despite the resistance of the few elderly locals who with passion and dedication continue this traditional local activity. Walking through the woods surrounding Ca’ Gennara you can still encounter small buildings made of stone blocks and wooden planks, as well as old kilns where they used to store the harvested chestnuts. In some, they still make the chestnut flour. Chestnut, beech, fir and oak groves have turned the area into a rich ground for mushrooms and truffles. You can taste these at the many autumn festivals dedicated to the local forest produce. The lush natural flora in the area makes it one of the greenest in Italy and it is home to many wild animals such as dears, wild boars and even some wolfs. The CAI path passes behind Ca’ Gennara, connecting Poretta Terme to Castelluccio, and then leads to La Madonna del Faggio, a beautiful place immersed in peace and tranquility. Capugnano is also home to other religious buildings such as the Church of San Michele Archangelo and the Holy Crucifix oratory, a late-medieval building, which for years has been hosting the important ‘’Campugnano Conference’’, dedicated to the rediscovery of old-time culture and traditions. The nearby Le Croci- a Hamlet of a dozen houses- is the birthplace of Guglielmo Marconi’s father, while in Olmo there are still remains ancient of rural buildings from the Sixteenth century which have been redeveloped but still show some of their original architectural features. Capugnano is located on Mount Piella at 1198m above sea level and from there you can admire the beautiful landscape of the surrounding valleys. A nearby spring is a source of the Puzzola water, used at Poretta Spa for its healing properties. Rumor has it that before the Unification of Italy the area was frequented by many smugglers. Mrs Genarra, who lived here at the time, started a Trattoria to provide refreshments for them, thus giving the name to the house.