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Bric Gettina Silver Mines

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Area Melogno

A hike into the woods to explore ancient, abandoned mines of silver-bearing galena can be an interesting experience, historically and naturalistically. Especially appreciated in summer for the pure and fresh air.

Del Carretto Marquises’ mines’ exploitation began probably in the mid-1400s, increased throughout the 1600s during the Spanish domination and it slowly declined until final abandonment in the early 1900s.

The trail starts from "Din" area, by a house known as the “Casa del Mago”. You can also park your car here. After about a kilometre, leave the main path and take a smaller trail on your left that at first gently climbs up and then comes down, winding through the Val Pora side. Every now and then you can make a stop on the rocky ridges to take in the stunning view of the upper Val Pora and the Finale area.

The ancient trail, supported by tall walls, becomes increasingly steep and you begin to glimpse the mining site from afar. Below the trail, the first of 5 tunnels. Shortly after you will get to your destination: ruins of ancient stone buildings, likely the miners' houses, little stone stairs connecting the surrounding fasce (terraces sustained by drywalls, typically used in Ligurian agriculture), a little quaint house known as the "Blacksmith's House" and, carved into the rock, 4 small tunnels with blossoming Campanulas, which are a pleasant and unexpected surprise at this altitude.

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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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