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Val di Nava loop trail

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Area Finalese

A very easy and panoramic loop trail with a series of ups and downs. It runs through one of the most beautiful and wildest valleys in the Finale area, Val di Nava, and it then climbs up the crest that separates Val di Nava from Val Cornei, reaching the town of Orco Feglino.

The hike begins with a visit to the beautiful fortified borgo of Boragni, built by the local farmers in order to protect themselves from the Saracen invasions that often caused lootings and violence even in the near inland. A small group of houses, arranged in a circle, all crowded together, with a few tiny grid openings in the walls looking outwards. Inside, well protected, small, open spaces often used as vegetable gardens and courtyards. Very charming the stone vaulted passage that crosses the village and that used to be a safe, internal communication route for the locals.

What makes this hike even more intriguing are these two caves: “Grotta della Strapatente” and “Grotta dei Balconi”.

Located under the big white cliff called Bastionata di Boragni, the Strapatente cave is a natural tunnel dating back to the Miocene period. Inside, you are surrounded by a number of stalactites and stalagmites as well as completely formed columns.

Above the north entrance of the cave, you will find the Dolmen della Strapatente, a megalithic structure dating back to the Bronze Age. It consists of a large horizontal slab of Pietra del Finale (Finale stone) resting on five smaller stones. The horizontal surface has two communicating basins, probably cups collecting liquid for ritual purposes. It is not to be ruled out that the dolmen could also have been used as an astronomical observatory given its orientation on the meridian axis.

At the south exit you will enjoy a beautiful view of the green and wild Nava Valley. Getting back on the trail, you will reach the fascinating Grotta dei Balconi, almost a natural arch marked by dry stone walls.

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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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