FIRST DAY: The ancient pilgrim route to discover on foot named Matilda Trail connects Mantua, Reggio Emilia and Lucca passing through the heart of the Po Valley and the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Departure from San Benedetto Po and follow the hiking cycle path along the Po river until Guastalla. We leave San Benedetto following the straight that leads to the small embankment, travelling along the pedestrian and cycle naturalistic route that leads up to Portiolo. We will find the main embankment skirting the small villages of Villa Saviola and Motteggiana. Two kilometers after the passage under the road bridge over the Po river, in the locality of Zaragnino, we leave the river in the direction of Tabellano. Then go back up to the main embankment in the direction of Luzzara. A handful of kilometers are missing to reach the goal of our day, Guastalla, the small capital of the Gonzaga. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
SECOND DAY: Breakfast in the hotel and visit of Guastalla, a city of ancient origins. We will enjoy this jewel and its views, famous for international movies as 1900 by Bernardo Bertolucci. Lunch in a local restaurant. Afternoon excursion to discover the final stretch of the Crostolo stream. Rich places in flora, fauna, and history, where the famous painter Antonio Ligabue lived. An adventure to discover the nature of the Great River and its landscapes, completely immersed in the enthralling atmosphere of what we named “Bassa”. Dinner in a typical restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
THIRD DAY: Breakfast in the hotel. We leave the small capital of the Gonzaga family to head towards Reggio Emilia, the city where the Italian flag was firstly adopted in 1797. From Guastalla we continue southwards following the embankment of the Crostolo torrent and taking the gravel road of via Fornaci. We reach first Pieve Rossa and then Bagnolo. From here, taking the narrow Via Pioppa at the southern boundary of the village into the countryside to the gates of Reggio Emilia, we first have the stunning view of the Mediopadana high-speed train station designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava. Departure.
Price includes: 1 lunch and 2 dinners; guided visit of Guastalla of maximum 3 hours with a local and professional tour guide; an excursion at your choice among walking tour, bike tour and canoeing on the Po river with environmental hiking guide; 2 overnight stays in double room with breakfast in a 3 stars hotel.
Price does not include: guided visit of Reggio Emilia and Luzzara; transfer and tips; entrance tickets anything not specifically mentioned in the “included”.