Dove fare il bagno al Trebbia (arrivando con i mezzi pubblici)

 

Nelle giornate più calde dell’estate, le freschissime e purissime acque turchesi del Trebbia sono il sogno di chiunque sia rimasto in città.

Ottima alternativa al binomio mare-montagna, un rinfrescante bagno al fiume è il pretesto ideale per una gita nell’entroterra ligure e piacentino, alla scoperta di fantastici panorami, prodotti locali e località tranquille dove staccare la spina.

E per rilassarsi al meglio, che ne dici di lasciare la macchina a casa e raggiungere i paesi dell’Alta Val Trebbia con la corriera da Piacenza, Genova o Pavia? Oltre a fare un favore all’ambiente, senza dover cercare parcheggio risparmierai anche tempo prezioso, che potrai passare a mollo.

Ecco qualche idea sui posti dove fare il bagno in Trebbia, facilmente raggiungibili con i mezzi pubblici.

Direzione di marcia: da Genova verso Piacenza

Da Piazza della Vittoria a Genova, prendi una delle corriere ATP per le località Due Ponti, Ottone, Gorreto, Loco, Rovegno, Isola o Montebruno.

 

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Partendo da Genova, la prima località interessante sono i Due Ponti, dove in corrispondenza dell’omonimo hotel ristorante trovi una parte del fiume perfetta per fare il bagno e persino alcune rocce da cui tuffarti.

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Proseguendo, la seconda fermata utile a cui scendere è Montebruno, un delizioso paesino con un pittoresco ponte e il bellissimo Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montebruno (da non perdere il chiostro). Sotto il ponte l’acqua è profonda a sufficienza per rinfrescarsi i piedi, ma è possibile scendere anche alla fermata prima del centro (in corrispondenza del bivio per Canale) e cercare un sentiero che porti al fiume.

A Loco di Rovegno puoi accedere facilmente alla spiaggia della Giaia, zona che a luglio ospita l’Expo Alta Val Trebbia e diversi altri eventi. Dal Bosco della Giaia puoi fare una breve passeggiata attraversando il ponte sospeso sul Trebbia e visitare da fuori anche la centrale idroelettrica in stile liberty o proseguire per la Località Carchelli, dove trovi una spiaggetta molto tranquilla. Per raggiungerla, attraversa il paesino e scendi sulla sinistra verso i campi (o chiedi alla gente del posto).

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A Rovegno, puoi scendere sul fiume in corrispondenza del ponte del monumento a Bisagno, una zona poco frequentata dove l’acqua è abbastanza profonda per nuotare (non esiste un vero e proprio sentiero di accesso, in quanto la vegetazione è molto selvaggia), oppure proseguire fino a Isola di Rovegno.

A Gorreto trovi una piccola cascata artificiale all’ingresso del paese e, proseguendo lungo la SS45, puoi raggiungere il fiume tramite diversi sentieri fino alla località Rocca dei Corvi, dove in prossimità del ristorante trovi una spiaggia più ampia con acqua più profonda e scogli da cui tuffarsi.

La spiaggia sotto il ponte di Ottone è una delle più facilmente accessibili e frequentate, ma vale sicuramente la pena visitarla ed è perfetta anche per i bambini. Prima di arrivare al bivio del paese, trovi altre due sentieri che scendono al fiume, facilmente accessibili dalla strada.

A Ottone puoi fare il cambio di corriera (e di regione) e prendere i mezzi SETA che collegano la parte ligure a quella emiliana dell’Alta Val Trebbia, dove trovi fantastici posti per fare il bagno a San Salvatore, Marsaglia, Brugnello e Bobbio.  Trovi la mappa delle fermate qui.

Infine, una sosta imperdibile è Ponte Organasco, dove in corrispondenza del ponte appena dopo la Gelateria La Fragolina (un must per chiunque passi da qui) trovi un paesaggio fantastico, scogli da cui fare tuffi e tanto spazio per rilassarti.

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Ricorda di controllare bene gli orari delle corriere o di chiedere alla gente del posto se non sai con sicurezza quale sentiero prendere.

Per vivere al meglio il bellissimo fiume Trebbia, perché non prenotare un week-end nella valle e scoprire con calma tutte le località più belle? In Alta Val Trebbia trovi molti agriturismi, bed & breakfast e appartamenti privati dove soggiornare, per esempio cercando su Booking.com o Airbnb.

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Outdoor activities for active holidays in Alta Val Trebbia

Alta Val Trebbia is a great destination for all seasons. Italians tend to visit mostly during summer, with the central two weeks of August being the absolute peak season (15th of August is a popular bank holiday in Italy, with most businesses being closed and most Italians escaping from the cities to reach seaside or mountain destinations to cool off).

The beautiful and clean river Trebbia is a true gem in summer, with fresh turquoise waters attracting many swimmers from the main gateway cities. Swimming is mostly safe, but some spots might have cold currents that can prove dangerous: if you are in doubt, always ask advice to the locals before diving in.  The valley remains a very quiet escape also during the most visited weeks, but if you want to have it almost all for yourself you might prefer travelling there in September or in spring.

Autumn is a beautiful season too, with the woods changing colour, foliage at its best and a sense of peace surrounding the landscape, while winter is the season for you if you want to experience total stillness and silence. Outside of summer, temperatures are normally pleasant and cool during mid-seasons, but can drop a lot in winter, with ice covering the roads and snow capping the mountains.

To help you make the most of your travel, below you can find some ideas for tours and activities.

Water activities

Wildswimming is a must during summer and most of the time to understand where you can find a suitable spot you just need to see where most cars are parked along the road Statale 45. Paths to reach the river are mostly unmarked and very tiny (usually they look like the paths used by wild animals to reach the water, and many times that’s exactly what they are). Be careful where you put your feet and hands as the odd snake might be lazing around or under a rock: in the valley there are two main types of snakes, one being poisonous (viper) and the other not poisonous (biscia or orbetto). Many locals carry a stick with them while out walking in nature, in case it is needed as defense: however, most of the times snakes will sense you are approaching and leave (but caution is never too much). In many swimming spots you will see kids jumping into the water from rocks above the river: feel free to try it too, but just make sure the water is deep enough where you want to dive in.

Kayaking: in Marsaglia you will find a hostel by the river offering kayak equipment and courses. Kayaking is allowed on the river in general, so you can stop at any suitable location.

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Fishing: regulated fishing is allowed and in Gorreto you will find a fishing reserve for trout fishing. You can buy equipment and a licence at Hotel Miramonti, where you also find a restaurant and accommodation. Lago del Brugneto is an artificial lake in the Antola Natural Park are where carp fishing is allowed. Swimming is not allowed as the lake if formed by a dam, and navigation can only be allowed by Iren (the water company responsible for the lake), so you won’t be able to sail your own canoe or kayak outside of the approved days and areas. Check the FB page of Proloco Torriglia or contact the Antola Natural Park to know more about navigation options.

Horseback riding: in Torriglia you can arrange guided horseback trekking excursion through Rifugio e Centro Equestre Mulino del Lupo to explore the Antola Park from a different perspective.

Hiking and trekking: the whole valley is a trail through nature, but if you choose to hike along the main Statale 45, just stick to the side of the road and beware of cars and motorbikes (especially in spring and summer). You will see many secondary roads departing from SS 45 and reaching smaller villages. Signposts will tell you in which direction you are heading to and how many kilometers separate you from the closest village. If you venture out in the woods, you might find a few marked itineraries, although most will be unmarked so make sure you bring a phone with you to check your positions on GPS or to contact your host or local authorities in case of need (emergency number 112). Getting lost in the woods is not an unlikely occurrence, as the nature is very wild and it could be a bit disorienting for those not so familiar with it. If unsure, stick to the main paths or ask the locals for easy hikes. It might sound obvious but if you do get lost, walk downhill and you might eventually come across a village or a the main road. For some inspiration on easy hikes around the valley, visit the Parco Antola website: in the Italian outdoor section you can find some interesting itineraries and also purchase a map. Sentiero del Brugneto, Anello di Fontanarossa e Pian della Cavalla, Anello di Pentema, Anello del Rifugio, Monte Antola and Anello di Caprile are all hikes with great views that will take you through wonderful natural landscapes.

Mountain biking: Antola Bike Area is a new initiative offering MTB trails and pick up services in the area close to Torriglia. In Gorreto you can find mountain bikes at Hotel Miramonti.

Motorcycle trips: Alta Val Trebbia is a great destination for bikers thanks to the many curves and bends offered by the super panoramic route of Statale 45 connecting Genova to Piacenza. Besides breathtaking scenery and panoramic points, along the way you’ll find plenty of places to stop for a drink and a bite, a few petrol stations (Torriglia, Montebruno, Loco, Ottone, Marsaglia, Bobbio). Be careful when taking over cars or other bikers, as visibility is reduced in many spots and remember that roads can get very icy in winter or that stones might fall from the side of the mountains through the safety nets during heavy rain.

Mushroom harvesting: regulated mushroom harvesting is allowed during specific seasons (usually spring summer and autumn), but you will need a licence (licenza per la raccolta funghi). You can usually request it at local municipalities (“comune” or “municipio” in Italian). Many mushroom types are edible (“commestibili” in Italian) but beware of the poisonous ones (usually in brighter colours): sometimes even locals can’t tell the difference, so be extra careful. You can ask for advise at local chemists/doctors or to the most experienced mushroom harvester in the local population. Among edible variates, the most sought for are Porcini, Galletti, Prataioli and Colombine. To respect nature, please make sure not to be too greedy and only pick those mushrooms you actually intend on consuming.

Other: in the lower valley you also find a lovely adventure park in the woods close to Bobbio (location name Coli), a water park with slides in Rivergaro, an interesting neolithic ettlement and museum in Travo. In Fontanigorda you can also play tennis and minigolf (mostly in summer) at the lovely Bosco delle Fate. All of these tips make for nice family day activities.

 

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Travel Guide to Alta Val Trebbia

We’ve been there before…

You found some amazing pictures of Alta Val Trebbia on Instagram by chance and ever since that moment you heard a strange voice in your head calling you to visit those wonderful, unspoilt landscapes in person at the first occasion.

You have done some research but struggled to find coherent (and above all intelligible) information in English online. The most obvious thing to do would be giving up and choose a more accessible destination instead, but the voice inside your head won’t have any of it.

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To help all of you brave travelers out there visit the most beautiful valley in the world, we put together some practical tips as a sort of basic “Travel Guide to Alta Val Trebbia” to navigate through transport information, accommodation choices, activities and tours and other useful facts you may need to plan your journey.

Here is what you will find in the next weeks on this site as part of the travel guide series of posts:

  1. Across Alta Val Trebbia with public transport (yes, you can!)
  2. How to find accommodation with English speaking hosts
  3. Outdoor Activities for Active Holidays
  4. Slow Itineraries across Alta Val Trebbia
  5. Eateries, ATMs, medical assistance and shops

We hope you will find these guidelines useful and that you will visit the fabulous villages of Alta Val Trebbia in the future, enjoying and respecting the landscapes and local population you will meet along the way.

Feel free to leave a comment to suggest more places or to ask for more information, or reach us via e-mail at altavaltrebbia@gmail.com.

All roads lead to Alta Val Trebbia: an interview with Total Bike Forever

Would you believe it? Alta Val Trebbia recently received a very special visit from an incredible cycling duo of musicians on their way to Japan.
Through our @visitaltavaltrebbia Instagram profile, we got to know the Total Bike Forever project by Adam Faulkner and Tim Stephens. Over the course of the next year Adam and Tim are cycling to Japan, making an album on the road and a documentary of their expedition. They left London about a month ago and are making their way east through Europe before rolling onto Central Asia, South East Asia and finally reaching Japan in 2019.
In early April 2018, they crossed the valley and the Antola Park, where they took this picture that sparked our conversation.
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We took the chance to learn more about their journey and experience in Alta Val Trebbia and ask a few questions…
1. How did you come across Val Trebbia in general and Parco dell’Antola in particular? 
Having spent the best part of two weeks cycling along the French and Italian riverias, we were keen on a change of scenery and a challenge to go with it. We found a route that took us through Parco dell’Antola but didn’t know anything about the park before we took to the road. We really enjoyed our time there and what we saw along the way.
2. What route did you take to arrive there and what was your next destination?
We’d cycled from London, down through France eventually hitting the Mediterranean. We then headed along the coast east through Italy before heading north from Savona to Milan. We passed through the Park as we cycled this part of our route.
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From the seaside to the mountains, on the way to Japan…

3. Did you visit any of the villages along the way or did you interact with the locals?
We were enjoying the road so much that we barely stopped! That said, we did stop in one village for a coffee and something to eat in a bakery (we only really eat cake whilst we’re cycling!) Everyone we spoke to was very friendly and we had no trouble making our selves understood.
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“We enjoyed the road so much that we barely stopped!”

4. Since you are writing an album too, did the scenery you saw in Alta Val Trebbia inspire any musical thought?
It did! You can see from this photo that we actually got some of the instruments out at the top of the climb and made the most of the inspiration that hit us and the amazing scenery.
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Turning the landscape of Alta Val Trebbia into music…

5. Any tip you would give to fellow bikers wanting to cross the valley too?
Beware of the head wind in the early stages of the climb. There’s a lot of bends in the road but keep going! The view from the top is totally worth it.
 Here is an evocative memory written by Tim and Adam about their climb towards Parco dell’Antola:
“Push, breathe, climb. Push, breathe, climb. There’s a simple yet demanding rhythm to take you from the Liguria coast to the top of the Passo Del Turchino – a 532m ascent that avidly wraps itself around the hillside like a snake. 
 
For us, two musicians travelling by bike all the way to Tokyo from London, these kind of climbs take on a special significance – get to the top take in the view and get our instruments out to make some music set against a breathtaking backdrop. 
 
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Voltri, we started the climb knowing we had the best part of 10km of uphill to come, so dropped down into bottom gear, strapped in for the ride and slipped into the meditative climbing state, where we try to rid our minds of any thoughts at all.
 
Passing Mele, the biggest commune on the ascent, the din from the coast quickly subsided with only overhead Autoroutes towering over us for an audio backdrop. But as we got higher and higher and the villages got smaller and smaller even the Autoroute noise subsided as we switched places and towered over them, but not before a mid climb stop to take on a quick espresso with the elderly residents for the last big push.
 
Two hours and countless switchbacks later, we were there and we weren’t disappointed. Rolling hills strewn across the horizon, barely any movement or noise – the view was one of stillness and tranquillity. It was time to put some music to this breathtaking scene before moving on to our next chapter.”
 
Follow Total Bike Forever adventure on the website (www.totalbikeforever.com) and on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. The project is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
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Bikers for a good cause: this epic journey is supporting the Alzheimer’s society too

 

Un’estate di eventi in Val Trebbia? Ora tocca a te!

L’estate è senza dubbio una delle stagioni migliori per scoprire al meglio la Val Trebbia, e certamente la stagione che porta il maggiore afflusso di visitatori nei paesi della valle. Tuttavia, capita spesso di notare come il programma di eventi estivi sia spesso ripetitivo e inadeguato, soprattutto nelle località minori e più remote. Grazie a internet, oggi è possibile organizzare eventi a costo zero usando piattaforme come Meetup. Pronti a organizzare il vostro primo evento estivo in Val Trebbia? Continue reading

A summer of events in Val Trebbia? Start your own now!

Summer is surely one of the best seasons to discover Val Trebbia at its best. Although visitors come to the valley attracted by its unspoilt nature and relaxing surroundings, the local entertainment program organised by smaller villages is not as varied as it could be. If you care for Val Trebbia and want to help others discover its beauty and stories, here is an idea of how to do it. Continue reading

See you very, very soon Alta Val Trebbia!

Altavaltrebbia blog is coming home!

Due to unforeseen events, the blog will be in Val Trebbia for a while as of the first week of July.

It’s the perfect occasion to meet everybody who contributed to the blog so far and anybody who might want to contribute in the future.

 

Drop us a line via email or get in touch via Twitter and let’s forget about Internet communication and go back to good old face-to-face conversation for once!

If you have a story to tell, a project to promote, an event or audio-visual material to share, this is the occasion to meet up and talk about it!

See you very, very soon Val Trebbia!

Images courtesy of frank@piaseinza.com and Foter