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Cravarezza

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Area Val Bormida

An entire village, with its own church and school, that used to support itself by harvesting chestnuts, collecting firewood, and working in the nearby graphite mine, was abandoned for good in 1964. Abandoned but not forgotten by its people who still love to gather there every year around the end of August for the celebration of San Giovanni Battista.

From the wind turbine along the provincial road (near the crossroad for the higher up wind farm), take the dirt track that cuts through the east flank of Bric Chioggia. After partisan Otto’s gravestone, you will find the road sign “San Giovanni”. Going down a winding path, you will cross beech woods and chestnut groves and finally, alongside the waters of river Cravarezza, you will get to the first ruins of the abandoned village that have today beautifully become one with the woods.

You can now go up the other slope to get to the church, designed with essential and clean lines and rebuilt with the help of benefactors in 1955. It also housed the village’s school back then. In the open space before the church, there are some tables and benches.

The isolated nature of the village, together with the closure of the graphite mine in Piagge Nere, were the underlying causes of Cravarezza’s abandonment. This place is indeed off the grid.

Move past the church and the ruins and turn right on a nice, moderately steep, at times flat trail. The trail passes several watersheds before connecting to a forest trail in Piagge Nere. A few more turns will make you gain some altitude, and you will notice the track getting wider until it joins the paved road that leads to Pian dei Corsi wind farm. Just a short downhill and you are back at the starting point.

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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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