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Sestola

Sestola centro. Source: Sestola Town Hall – Photos by Leoni
Province:  Modena (71 km)
Altitude: over 1000 mt. a.m.s.l
Tourist Area
Nature and the Apennines
Where it is
Sestola is located 71 km from Modena, 79 km from Pistoia and 81 km from Bologna. This community located 1500 meters a.s.l. beyond the Ninfa Lake and Passo del Lupo is part of the Regional Park of the High Modena Appenines.
Why visit
Living in harmony with the mountains, the environment, the land and local traditions is the experience you can expect when in Sestola for you and/or your entire family. There is something for everyone. To rediscover unpolluted nature in all of its simplicity, you can take advantage of the protected areas of the Park of Frignano and the many lakes and waterfalls present throughout the area.
Where to visit and what to see
Sestola, also known as “The Pearl of the Apennines”, is the most important ski resort in the region because of its proximity to Mount Cimone, the highest mountain in Emilia Romagna and one of the largest of all the Apennines. In the wintertime, Sestola and Mount Cimone are a paradise for all those who love snow related sports such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snow-kiting and “ciaspole” (snow shoes).

After the winter season, Sestola is transformed into a real capital of summer sports. The opportunities are endless, all wjust waiting to be discovered by those who love outdoor sports. Trekking, orienteering, digiscoping, climbing, river climbing, quads, horseback riding, canoeing, golf, hang gliding, paragliding and lots of trails for mountain bikes are available for those looking to combine fitness and nature. State of the art facilities for football, volleyball, basketball, tennis and swimming are available for those who enjoy more traditional sports.

Sestola is the ideal place to spend free time with its cultural events, tradition and relaxation among the beautiful green Apennine Mountains. In addition to important museums, churches, oratories, villages and old villas, the most interesting attraction is surely the Castle, which includes various museums including one of musical instruments, one of the few in Italy as well as the museum of Ancient Mountain Civilisation.

Don't miss
You cannot leave without having tasted the traditional speciality “crescentine”, better known as “tigelle” from the name of the ancient tool used to cook it. Crescentine are served with lard and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese which is made by local creameries.
On the table
From Crescentine, Borlenghi, Croccante and Ciacci specialities to traditional products such as mushrooms, chestnuts and cheese; the Modena Apennines offer a repertoire of tastes to discover. The traditional local cuisine is unique in blending timeless recipes. All of these products can be purchased from local shops or producers.
For fun
Sestola offers many possibilities to have fun, among these are the pubs scattered throughout the village centre and its surrounding areas. Characteristic and welcoming, many pubs have live music every Saturday evening and during holidays, in addition to vast culinary menus.
To keep fit
In addition to sports, visitors can invigorate the body and soul in different wellness spas in the area with facilities that include: saunas, Jacuzzis, Turkish baths, body massages and relaxing aromatherapy treatments.
Main events
There are several important local festivals. “Giochi di Cioccolate e Croccante” takes place the second weekend of October every year and is dedicated entirely to chocolate with local as well as national chocolate exhibitors. The “Festa dela Gastronomia Locale” takes place the third weekend of October and focuses on local foods where visitors can taste local specialties of the area accompanied by custom and folklore.
Nearby
Do not miss a visit to the Esperia Botanical Garden, ecological education oasis of national importance on the natural flora and Apennine Mountains. It is located inside the Park of Frignano. at Passo del Lupo (11 km from Sestola and 1500 meters a.s.l.). In the garden, visitors can see more than two hundred species of indigenous flora and many dozens of plants and flowers that normally grow in the most remote mountain ranges. It also offers an enchanting walk among Alpine and Apennine plants as well as exotic, Himalayan, Tibetan and artic species.
For more information
Local Staff: Appennino Modenese
Information Offices
Informazione e accoglienza turisticaCIMONE
Corso Umberto I°, 3
41029 Sestola (MO)
Tel. ++39 0536-62324
Fax ++39 0536-61621
infosestola@msw.it
Opening: Open troughout the year
More about services and schedule of the info centres in the Local website

How to reach

Railways Ferrovie dello Stato
Stop in Bologna (76 km) or in Modena (67 km)
Ferrovia Bologna-Vignola
Stop in Vignola (44 km)
BusExtra-urban line
SETA Modena
Connections from Vignola or from Modena
Airports Bologna (76 km)
By Car
Sestola can be reached from the highway “Autostrada del Sole”, Modena Sud exit and then by following signs for Vignola. If coming from Tuscany, however, take the highway “Autostrada A11 Firenza-Mare”, Pistoia exit then head north taking the Passo dell’Abetone road or following signs to Poretta Terme and then to Sestola.

Last update: 13/02/2015

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