What to do and see with children around our farmhouse? Here is an itinerary in nature that will take you to discover truly extraordinary places when visited with your little ones.

The first stop is the fairy tale forest (in dialect Al Bosc d’la Fola), which is located in San Giovanni in Querciola in the municipality of Viano, just over 15 kilometers from our farmhouse. It is a somewhat magical forest inhabited by more than 70 wooden sculptures that tell the most famous fairy tales of folk tradition: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, The Musicians of Bremen, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and others. To reach it, from San Giovanni in Querciola, follow Via Fagiola to the parking lot at about house number 8 and then continue on the Spallanzani SSP Trail to the woods on top of Mount Fagiola.

The second stop is the Rio delle Castagne farmhouse nestled in the green hills of Reggio Emilia, which is about a 15-minute walk from the fairy tale forest. On the educational farm, children can play, have fun, pet animals, but most of all discover many new and exciting things. They can also take a horseback ride or simply relax by the trout fishing lake. The farm organizes educational and nature activities for both adults and children.

At this point, you take the car and continue in the direction of Baiso (which is less than 10 kilometers from the Rio delle Castagne farmhouse), where you will find one of the giant benches of the Big Bench Community Project (BBCP) circuit, conceived in 2009 by Chris Bangle. These outsized installations are nothing more than a large-scale reproduction of classic public garden benches. From the bench, located on the knoll commonly referred to as “la Balota,” there are stunning views of the badlands, Mount Cusna, Cimone, and Abetone.

Finally, the last stop is the Varo farm in Carpineti, at the foot of Mount Valestra. Here you can visit the Savurett Orchard Garden with fruit trees of ancient varieties, where both children and adults can rediscover ancient flavors and old traditions not to be forgotten. Mainly planted is the Pero Spalèr, a pear tree included in the list of Reggio Emilia’s agrobiodiversity plants, but there are also apple, blackberry, raspberry, mulberry and a splendid collection of old roses. The farm organizes guided tours of the garden, themed workshops designed for children, walks in the surrounding area and tastings. Visits are recommended in May and June with the roses in full bloom.

Photos Al Bosc d’la Fola © Cai Scandiano | Educational farm © Rio delle Castagne | Big Bench © Baiso Municipality | Savurett Orchard Garden © Varo farm

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