Beigua Park – The Villages

Beigua Park – The Villages

The most recent arrival, in 2022, was Urbe, which applied to be included within the boundaries of this beautiful regional park straddling the provinces of Savona and Genoa. But in the heart of the park, in this wild and ancient hinterland, villages spring up like so many gems in a crown. Such as those along the banks of the Stura, Campo Ligure, Masone, Rossiglione, Tiglieto, which we will describe separately. And then Mele, Sassello and Stella.

Nome in dialetto: Beigoa

IAT: 45, Via Badano, 17046 Sassello

Telefono: 019 724020

Email: infosassello@parcobeigua.it

IAT: Piazza Beato Jacopo, 2, 17019 Varazze

Telefono: 019 935043

Email: turismo.sport@comune.varazze.it

IAT: Via Pionieri e Aviatori d’Italia, Aeroporto Piano Arrivi, 16154, Via Garibaldi, 12r, 16124, Ponte Spinola, 16128 Genova

Telefono: 010 5572903

Email: info@visitgenoa.it

IAT: Lungomare John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 10, 16011 Arenzano

Telefono: 010 9127581

Email: iat@comune.arenzano.ge.it

IAT: via della Giustizia, 5 Campo Ligure

Telefono: 010 921055

Drying houses have been present throughout the park territory since ancient times: buildings used as a seasonal location for the harvesting and processing of chestnut products.

Along the paper route

Mele, last Municipality before the park's border, developed thanks to paper production, with mills active until a few decades ago. Today, that ancient tradition has been recovered and enhanced in the splendid Acquasanta Paper Museum. And also in Acquasanta is the famous Sanctuary, whose Holy Staircase replicates the Roman one in San Giovanni in Laterano.

The park hosts numerous wetlands: more than 25 large ones including ponds, peat bogs and lakes.

Sassello, amaretti biscuits and mushrooms

Sassello was known as a holiday resort since the Middle Ages;it is no coincidence that it was the first Italian municipality to be awarded the Touring Club's Orange Flag. The old town is lined with frescoed palaces and Baroque churches. Today, Sassello is also famous for the production of amaretti biscuits, a delicious sweet made with almonds and apricot kernels;and because the most famous porcini mushrooms in Liguria grow in the woods between the hamlets of Maddalena, Palo and Piampaludo.

The megalithic road is a street bordered by large blocks, facing the 'magnetic' peak of Mount Greppino.

Stella and Urbe

The five hamlets, arranged in the shape of a 'star', make up and give their name to the municipality and date back to the Middle Ages;ruins of castles still remain from that era, while a visit to the house where Sandro Pertini was born is not to be missed. Also Urbe is made up of five small villages and numerous scattered houses surrounded by dense forests of beech, oak and chestnut trees. From here, one of the many routes of the Via del Sale passes through the Faiallo Pass.

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