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Busca’s chestnut trees

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Area Val Bormida

Casa Busca is an old house with a drying room surrounded by big sweet chestnut trees: they used to be called “bread trees” as they were the primary food for the population of the inland communities. They were also said to be the trees of the fairies, for the magical aura they have about them.

From Colla Baltera, keep the wind turbine behind you and take the steep trail marked with 3 yellow dots, which quickly leads to a dirt road. Here leave the signpost behind and take the easier, almost flat dirt track on the right.

At the next fork, keep left, the trail will gently climb up. Stay on the main path: the dirt road cuts the west side of Bric Ciapazzi - Bric Paonazzi’s peak up to the crossroads with Colletta, a wood-cutting area. Here you will see the signpost with the 3 yellow dots again. Take the initially flat dirt road on your right that runs along the north side of Rocca dei Francesi.

Now the most striking stretch of the whole trail begins: a wide paved road in the middle of the beech forest, which gradually descends crossing two small streams. The first big chestnut trees announce your arrival at Casa Busca.

On the house’s upper floor, chestnuts were laid out to dry on a wooden rack, while on the ground floor a low fire was constantly burning thus smoking the chestnuts. You can still see the hollow trunk, through which the dried chestnuts were pushed out, sticking out of the wall.

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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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