Just 3 km from L’Arca di Noè there is Gombola di Polinago, a picturesque village on the Modena Apennines.
The landscape of this territory in the valley of the Rossenna torrent, a tributary of the river Secchia, is characterized by farmland interspersed with oak woods, oaks, chestnuts, but also beeches and poplars, home to wild boars, foxes, roe deer, pheasants and raptors.
The altitude ranges from 300 meters in the lower part of the valley to 1053 meters of Monte San Martino.
The rich history of these places is reflected in the villages, its buildings and also in the toponymy, which tells the passing of Etruscans, Romans, Liguir-Friniati, Celts and Byzantines and families of the Da Gombola, Montecuccoli and Estense of Modena.
L’Arca di Noè is located in a strategic position from which the seventeenth-century village of Gombola is easy to reach, but also the castle of Brandola, with the Hercules bridge and the miraculous spring water, the panoramic hill of Polinago from which you can admire Monte Cimone, Palazzo Cesis di Talbignano, the Salsa Eruttiva di Canalina and the Crinali di Prignano, perfect for exploring the territory of the towns of Polinago and Pavullo nel Frignano.
A landscape rich in history and nature, offering many possibilities for leisure, sport and culture.
Gombola is one of the few places that can proudly say of having a “Saint”.
Walking through the streets of Gombola there are several interesting things you can encounter. Ca ‘del Ghiddo is a building dating from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century, which has a seventeenth-century tower and an eighteenth-century oratory dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Snow.
Casa Barduzzi with its casatorire of the early fourteenth century. Along Via San Michele stands La Picciniera, another hamlet where you can admire a tower house of the second half of the sixteenth century, an oratory dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary and an eighteenth-century votive shrine. During the Second World War Picciniera hosted the partisan command of “General Marcello” and an epigraph on Casa Pace recalls the sacrifice of Franco Cesana, who with his 13 years is the youngest fallen partisan of Italy.
Moving away from the center, along paths immersed in nature, you can reach the water mill of Gombola, which dates back to the nineteenth century and belongs to the Veratti family; it is one of the few water mills still in operation in the production of cereals and chestnut flour thanks to a locks and channeling system, that utilizes the water of the Rossenna stream to operate the ancient millstones.
This place is particularly important for the inhabitants of the area, so that every year, at the beginning of August, the “Festa del Mulino di Gombola” is celebrated, during which the stone-ground flour is used for the preparation of delicious local products.
The history of the Mill of Gombola is also told here