Welcome to Riolunato, a picturesque village located at the border of the Modena province, already influenced by Tuscany. Its dialect and traditions are linked to the hills of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The village is situated on the southern mountain range, where the peak of Monte Cimone stands, and it extends from an altitude of 620 to 2165 meters above sea level. Among the surrounding localities, we can find Castello, Groppo, Serpiano, Castellino di Brocco, Le Polle.
The history, traditions, monuments, and landscape of this medieval village combine to create a unique experience. In the past, Castello was the main center of the village, where the famous condottiero Obizzo da Montegarullo lived. In the 16th century, Riolunato became the main center and the town hall in 1544. In 1786-87, the village was at risk of disappearing due to a disastrous avalanche that formed a gigantic dam on the Scoltenna stream from the Groppo side, almost causing the erosion of the soil.
Many attractions are worth a visit, such as the Parish Church dedicated to St. James the Great, which houses a precious crucifix by the contemporary sculptor Iorio Vivarelli. The Ferrari House, below the church, is an example of a medieval house with a suggestive vault that leads to the small Trebbo Square. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Vallona Park, one of the most beautiful and suggestive parks in Riolunato, equipped with various games for children, benches, and picnic tables.
Riolunato also offers many sports activities for all tastes, including tennis, soccer, mountain biking, and skiing, thanks to the ski resort of Monte Cimone, the largest in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, with 50 km of interconnected slopes and modern, fast facilities.
The area is also ideal for fishing, favored by the cyclical repopulation of the local waters, as well as for guided ecological excursions and walks, both towards the Cimone and towards other areas of the municipal territory. The nearby Scoltenna stream is navigable by canoe in the spring months.
Do not miss the Sagra della Ricotta, an annual event dedicated to pastoral products, which takes place on the second Sunday of October. The local shepherds show how they work the milk to produce fresh ricotta and cheese. During the festival, the streets and squares resound with compositions that describe the pains of the dead.
Finally, Lake delle Polle, located at an altitude of 1300 meters at the foot of Monte Cimone, is an enchanting stopover and starting point for walks, excursions, and mountain bike rides. This nature-immersed location is well known for sport fishing and has a picnic area ideal for families.
In the surrounding areas, you will also find a campsite equipped for caravans, a parking area for campers, restaurants, bars, and a residence. Le Polle is not just a renowned ski resort, but also an oasis of relaxation and entertainment for the summer season.
Useful information: Following the signs for Castello from the center of the village, you can reach the ski slopes at Le Polle di Riolunato (13 km). The Monte Cimone ski lifts are generally open from the first days of December until the end of March. During this period, snow tires (thermal) or chains on board are mandatory to go up to the slopes. Upon arrival, you will find a large free parking lot available for overnight stays of campers.