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titolo

Vineyards and Villages

partenza 
Rocchetta Palafea
Arrivée 
Rocchetta Palafea
Localita' sul percorso 
Rocchetta Palafea, Castel Boglione, Castel Rocchero, Regione Girini, Montabone, Monte Dagno, Rocchetta Palafea
lunghezza 
approximately 21 km
tempo di percorrenza 
1 or 2 days
difficolta' del percorso 
easy

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Leg 1: Rocchetta Palafea (396 m) - Castel Boglione (269 m) - Castel Rocchero (410 m)

Lenght: 8,7 km.

 

The old town of Rocchetta Palafea sets off from the main square climbing towards the eighteenth century Sant’ Evasio Parish Church, which is one of the most interesting Baroque churches of the Diocese of Acqui. A little further, we find the remains of the castle and the recently restored beautiful medieval tower, which is characterized by a crown of Romanesque style small suspended arches. You can visit the tower inside. On your way out of the village, on the county road heading east, after you pass a few uphill bends and the junctionfor Montabone, you see the view open onto the beautiful hills that are mostly planted with vines. You travel on minor asphalt and dirt roads, most of which are in a panoramic position over the villages, vineyards, small croplands and small wooded strips. You then reach Castel Boglione, a village located at an important junction of the Roman route linking Aquae Statiellae and Alba Pompeia. Only the urban outline remains of the Roman city of Castel Boglione. After you go on a short stretch of the road towards Terzo d’Acqui, take the narrow asphalt road on the left on a steep climb that leads you to some farms. When you reach the crest, keep walking on the ridge and you can enjoy a splendid panorama that sweeps over the hills that are almost entirely planted with vines, framed by the Alpine Chain in the background. Continue to Castel Rocchero, walking on the SS 456 del Turchino. You will see a fortress village on the top of

the hill that overlooks the surrounding vineyards. In fact, the village is famous

for its numerous fine grapes that become equally high quality wines.

 

Leg 2: Castel Rocchero (410 m) – Regione Girini (380 m) - Montabone (454m) - Monte Dagno (490 m) – Rocchetta Palafea (396 m)

Length: 12 km

 

From Castel Rocchero head south on an asphalt county road. When you reach a crossroad, go straight on a gravel road which runs on the ridge overlooking the surrounding hills which are mostly planted with vines. Soon you will reach a large farm called “il Cascinone”. Now, turning right, walk down the hill and you will first find a path in the woods and then a headland that takes you to the valley bottom. After you cross the county road and the Bogliona stream, the path starts to climb on a narrow municipal road towards case Girini. After you pass them, start walking on the dirt road across wooded strips and vineyards. The natural vegetation of this section is worth noting. It settles on the banks alongside the walkway. It is mostly herbs and shrubs which adapted to living on a rather arid land which is poor in organic substances, owing both to the exposure and the composition of the soil. You will see broom, blackthorn and hawthorn bushes dominated by twisted pieces of oak and Scots pine. In springtime, rather noticeable flowers stand out among the herbs. You can find some species of wild orchids, first and foremost the beautiful lady orchid (Orchis purpurea). The entomofauna in mead owlands is also very interesting. Very special orthoptera with unusual shapes such as Empusa pennata (conehead mantis), i.e. a “hopper” with leaf-shaped antennae live here. After you reach the asphalt road and cross it, keep walking uphill towards Montabone whose rather picturesque center preserves medieval ruins including the walls and entrance gate. As you walk uphill among stone houses, you will find the town hall inside which there is a large room with a ribbed vault and a fireplace with stucco reliefs, decorated with heraldic coat of arms and lateral lions. As you keep walking, you will reach the Parish Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, which houses a few paintings attributed to Guglielmo Caccia, said “the Moncalvo”, an important seventeenth-century painter from Montabone. After you finish visiting the village, it is worthwhile taking a detour to the church of S.Vittore, situated on a nearby hill on your way out of the village towards Rocchetta Palafea. This rural church dates back to the 15th-16th century and it is characterized by the special opening with an ogival porch. Back on the county road, the route continues along the ridge, one of the most beautiful and scenic ones in this area. As you proceed through the vineyards, you can take a complete look at the surroundings: to your left, you have the Bormida valley and its villages with the Apennines in the background and Mount Beigua; to your right, you can see the valley cut by the Bogliona stream and the plain of the river Tanaro further down, all the way to the hills of Turin. Another remarkable scenic point is at and around Mount Dagno, from which the view extends

over the territories of Bistagno, Sessame and Cassinasco. Now, you walk down a steep descent along a path through bushes and croplands, and soon you will reach the village of Rocchetta Palafea, which ends this itinerary.

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