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titolo

The five Towers Hike

partenza 
Monastero Bormida
Arrivée 
Monastero Bormida
Localita' sul percorso 
Monastero B.da, S.Giorgio Scarampi, Olmo Gentile, Roccaverano, S.Giovanni, Torre di Vengore, Santa Libera, Monastero B.da
lunghezza 
approximately 29 km
tempo di percorrenza 
2 days
difficolta' del percorso 
average

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Leg 1: Monastero B.da (174 m) - S.Giorgio Scarampi (625 m) – Olmo Gentile (600 m)

Length: 15,9 km

 

The trail starts from the village of Monastero B.da. It is a rather varied leg, both in terms of landscape and for its naturalistic aspect between the Monastero and Cascina  Grassi. The variety of the land crossed that you cross, from the damp valley bottom ploughed by Tatorba stream to the variously exposed hillside slopes, stands witness to the equally vast diversity of the flora and wildlife that you may encounter. Obviously you must be careful about the wildlife, especially the particular traces left, for example, by nocturnal raptors, which are hard to spot, yet they are present. However, if you follow your observation instinct, it is not hard to find their “pellet”, a sort of “balls” regurgitated and abandoned on the ground, consisting of hair, bones, nails and teeth, in short, everything that they cannot digest of the preys they hunted, i.e. usually small mammals. For an expert naturalist, the flock is an information mine, both about who produced it and the unfortunate prey. Then you reach the church of Madonna del Rosario, which is a recreational and panoramic point. If you walk towards S.Giorgio Scarampi from here, the route leads uphill on a dirt road first with a barely perceptible slope. The surroundings are very scenic with beautiful views, both on Bormida Valley and on the high hills of Roccaverano and Vengore. The historic village of S.Giorgio preserves beautiful stone houses with medieval stamp around the tower house dating back to the twelfth century. The parish church of S.Giorgio Martire and the Oratory of the Immacolata Concezione next to it, which today houses the Cultural Association “Scarampi Foundation” are worth noting. As you leave the village heading SOUTH, you walk on a paved road up until Tassito crossroad and then you will enter a trail. This is a particularly interesting path, both because it runs on the ridge, at least in its final part, with views sweeping over Langhe in Cuneo to the Seaside Alps and Mount Monviso, and also because it crosses shrub patches, chestnut forests,

pastures and small croplands. This scene is a mosaic of environments that have well preserved the diversity of plant and animal species that are typical of the Langhe: wild boar, roe deer, foxes, badgers, squirrels are examples of the species that live here, whose traces can be spotted sporadically along the path. The trail joins the county road near Bricco della Croce at the gates of Roccaverano. From this point on, the trail becomes an unpaved cartway and goes downhill all the way to Olmo Gentile, which you can reach in a short while. Olmo Gentile is an attractive and evocative village settled around a castle, which is also its emblem.

 

Leg 2: Olmo Gentile (600 m) – Roccaverano (750 m) - S.Giovanni - Torre di Vengore (694 m) - Santa Libera (476 m) – Monastero B.da

Lenght: 12,7 km

 

After you leave Olmo Gentile, you will shortly get off the paved road and walk on an evocative rural road which stretches across meadows, pastures and hedges on a barely perceptible uphill slope. Once you arrive at the town of Roccaverano, which is described in “The Peak and the Gullies” path, continue on towards the hamlets of S.Giovanni and Gallesi on a very scenic paved road with very little traffic. After you cross the hamlet of Gallesi, take the road on the left to Denice. You will get off the paved road again all the way to the splendid Vengore tower, which was recently renovated and accessible to the public. You will find an exceptional scenery here. The tower dates back to the fourteenth century, and has the typical features of the watch towers in the defence against Saracen invasions. Walking exclusively on dirt road, you will go up the slope towards the little church of S.Libera across patches of wild shrubbery (broom, flowering ash and Scots pine). In a little while, the bushes will give way to the woods, interrupted by clear areas here and there. Along the very scenic path, you can find traces of ancient paved floors and dry walls. This suggests that it used to be an important trade route in the past. Back in the time, the small village around the little church of S.Libera was a scene of the partisan resistance. Today, it is an important point of reference for trekkers, thanks to its panoramic position and well-equipped recreational point. From this point on, the trail goes through small patches of cropland and strips of wild vegetation, across the medieval bridge over the river, all the way to Monastero B.da.

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