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Barbottina Beech Forest

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Location Melogno

If you want to feel in touch with nature, spending an afternoon in the Barbottina beech wood is exactly what you are looking for! Being surrounded by beech trees is peaceful and deeply relaxing in every season: in spring you can watch as nature awakens from the cold winter months, in summer you can enjoy the shade and cooler air, in autumn the colourful leaves will mesmerize you ranging from yellow to orange and red, in winter you will find that the fairy tale atmosphere that haze and snow can bring will leave you breathless.

 

This trail is marked by the white and red AVML signs (Alta Via dei Monti Liguri) and it starts from behind the former “La Baita Restaurant”, where you can easily park your car. It's an easy, well-marked trail: everyone can have a go at it.

 

The trail runs through the woods but, just before reaching the Barbottina State Forest gate, make sure you take a little detour on the former military road that takes you to the top of Bric Merizzo so that you can take in the magical scenery and check out the remains of the ancient Merizzo Fort. Once you get through the gate, you are surrounded by beech trees that can be as high as 50 meters: the foliage is thick, the trunks smooth and slender, and the bark looks as if it was coated with a thin silver finish. As the trees thin out, the forest slowly turns into a meadow where it is not uncommon to see cows grazing. Here you can even find the Forestry office and a picnic area where you can have a bite to eat while you take it all in.

 

A few more steps on the AVML, up to “Rocche chiare” (Light rocks), will repay you with a stunning view!

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How to & Rules

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Stay on track

Follow the signs: trekking routes are those marked with hiking trail signs.

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Be well equipped

Think about the duration and type of hike: what could you need? Waterproof clothing? Sun protection? Water? Appropriate footwear? For example, if you are thinking of visiting the caves or hiking to the top of a mountain, it might be a smart idea to dress in layers… even in summer!

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Check the weather forecast

Pay special attention to AllertaLiguria website and do not set off on your adventure if there should be any weather alerts.

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Plan your hike

Find out the characteristics of your itinerary (length, elevation gain, difficulty… ).

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Respect nature and the territory

Respect nature and the territory

Connect with nature, don’t litter nor be too loud and, as a general rule, respect the territory around you. Nature will thank you and so will we.

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Fire risk

Fire risk

During times of drought avoid lighting fires, choose suitable trails avoiding those in the pine forest and favouring those with alternative routes for going back.

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Emergency numbers

Emergency numbers

Remember: 1515 for forest fires, 112 for medical emergencies. No matter what, always make sure someone knows where you are headed.

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Be careful

Be careful

If it should be a more demanding experience than expected, don't hesitate to retrace your steps.

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