History of Monte Valestra

Monte di Valestra is located in the places of Matilde di Canossa.
935 meters above sea level on the side of the Secchia river, it is the northernmost peak of the mountain ridge.
It overlooks the towns of Montelago and Valestra and the Palace that once belonged to the Manodori’s family.

The Mount has been wrapped up in mysteries and legends since ancient times.
One of these is linked to the Bandit or Magician Ballista.
This street was in fact in Roman times one of the main transit and trade routes between the Tuscan and Emilian sides, the presence of numerous caves at the top of the mountain allowed brigands and thieves not to be found.
Like the famous “Grotta del Diavolo” which offered a natural hiding place perhaps also to the Brigante Balista.

Another famous local legend is that of the Golden Hand, hence the name Manodori and the homonymous Via Mandori where the Casale is located.
The oldest written version dates back to 1848 by Giovanni Sabattini from Turin who wrote that in a cave on the mountain a shepherd who was grazing his flock found a Golden Hand and from there he became rich.
Probably, the legend says that that shepherd was the progenitor of the family.
The legends of the place are numerous and almost all attributable to the Grotta del Diavolo and the golden hand.