TERRITORY

Between sea and mountain

SPORT

Outdoor e Indoor

RELAX

Sweet doing nothing

Our Territory

When asking us why to choose Cascina Fogona farm as the destination of your holidays we always present our territory and, above all, its position. You can range from the sea to the mountain, you can relax in a “sweet do nothing” or you can invigorate yourself with sports and adrenaline fuelled activities.

The farmhouse is isolated and situated on a ridge, where the Apennines and Alps meet; on the one hand, you can see the sea and the other the Alps with the Monviso!

In twenty minutes you can reach the beautiful beaches of Bergeggi, in half an hour you can taste the Barolo in its production area and in less than an hour’s drive you can reach the Maritime Alps and on the opposite side Genoa.

Starting from the farmhouse, you can go on daily excursions to the Cinque Terre and towards Ventimiglia and France, between Liguria and Lower Piedmont.

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HOW TO GET

The farmhouse is only 7 minutes from the Altare motorway exit (A6-Torino-Savona), and can be easily reached by a paved road (less than 1km) that climbs the hill, surrounded by the woods.
There are ample parking spaces. The Altare Station can be reached in 20 minutes on foot, as well as the town centre, where there are all the essential stores, various bars and the museum and glass artisans.
Altare is connected to Savona by a bus service. The main airports are Genoa (45 minutes), Turin (1h30), Nice (2h15).

Cascina Fogona can be easily reached by car, but the best way to reach it is on foot or by mountain bike. We suggest some possibilities.

THE NORMAL

As in mountaineering, it is the easiest and most intuitive route, which can be travelled both on foot and by MTB. From the center of the town, take the national road that leads to the hamlet of Montenotte, after leaving the town, take a wide dirt road on the right, immediately downhill, but which subsequently climbs regularly. After passing the house with three friendly dogs on the left, at the crossroads you have to turn left. If you look up, you can already see Cascina Fogona.

From the Glass Museum: 2.2 km, difference in altitude about 100mt.

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INDUSTRIAL
The territory of Valbormida has a history linked to the industrialization of the last century, and by choosing this itinerary, you will be able, along the way, to see some artifacts completely inserted in nature. It starts from the village of Ferrania, known internationally for having hosted the 3M factory (see cinema museum) and follow the signs for the HIGH VIA DEI MONTI LIGURI (AVM), towards Ventimiglia, with the characteristic white and red stamp. You pass under the small wagons, now disused, which carried coal from the sea. Upon arrival at the Cascina, remember us to tell you a story about the wagons! Continuing on the main road, you come to a clearing with a clayey rock formation, where you can see some fossils. At this point, there is a beautiful view of the Maritime Alps and the marine side. At the crossroads, leave the HIGH VIA DEI MONTI LIGURI and continue to the right. At the next crossroads, keep to the right and you can already see Cascina Fogona.

Attention for those who are MTB the first part is a bit steep; you can always get off the bike.

From the abbey of Ferrania: 4.1 km, difference in altitude about 180mt.

Request the GPS track click here.
THE NORMAL
As in mountaineering, it is the easiest and most intuitive route, which can be travelled both on foot and by MTB. From the center of the town, take the national road that leads to the hamlet of Montenotte, after leaving the town, take a wide dirt road on the right, immediately downhill, but which subsequently climbs regularly. After passing the house with three friendly dogs on the left, at the crossroads you have to turn left. If you look up, you can already see Cascina Fogona.

From the Glass Museum: 2.2 km, difference in altitude about 100mt.

Request the GPS track click here.
INDUSTRIAL
The territory of Valbormida has a history linked to the industrialization of the last century, and by choosing this itinerary, you will be able, along the way, to see some artifacts completely inserted in nature. It starts from the village of Ferrania, known internationally for having hosted the 3M factory (see cinema museum) and follow the signs for the HIGH VIA DEI MONTI LIGURI (AVM), towards Ventimiglia, with the characteristic white and red stamp. You pass under the small wagons, now disused, which carried coal from the sea. Upon arrival at the Cascina, remember us to tell you a story about the wagons! Continuing on the main road, you come to a clearing with a clayey rock formation, where you can see some fossils. At this point, there is a beautiful view of the Maritime Alps and the marine side. At the crossroads, leave the HIGH VIA DEI MONTI LIGURI and continue to the right. At the next crossroads, keep to the right and you can already see Cascina Fogona.

Attention for those who are MTB the first part is a bit steep; you can always get off the bike.

From the abbey of Ferrania: 4.1 km, difference in altitude about 180mt.

Request the GPS track click here.
LA BUCOLICA
It always starts from Ferrania, from the Prasottano hamlet. On the paved road, cross the small bridge over the Capelletta stream and walk easily on the wide path through the woods. The route is very pleasant and runs along a small river, with water in almost all seasons. Near the ruined farmhouse, take the path on the right, cross the stream and keep the farmhouse on your right. On the right, you can see some ponds, where tadpoles proliferate in the right season. Cover a stretch with the fund that is a bit bumpy, be careful with the bikes, up to a large clearing. At that point, the path makes a small hairpin bend and continues uphill. At the end of the climb you arrive at the crossroads, to the left and to the right you go to the ALTA VIA DEI MONTI LIGURI (AVM), to reach Cascina Fogona it is necessary to take the dirt road in front, at the next crossroads keep to the right and you can already see Cascina Fogona.

From the Abbey of Ferrania: 2.9 km, difference in height about 110 meters.

Request the GPS track click here.
THE DIRECT

It starts from the center of the village of Altare near the oratory of San Sebastiano, it is the shortest but also the steepest route. For the moment, it is not yet accessible and in the winter of 2022/23 it will be restored thanks to the collaboration with the 3A-Cai Altare association and the Altare White Cross boys who organize the Burot Trail. (links?)

LA BUCOLICA
It always starts from Ferrania, from the Prasottano hamlet. On the paved road, cross the small bridge over the Capelletta stream and walk easily on the wide path through the woods. The route is very pleasant and runs along a small river, with water in almost all seasons. Near the ruined farmhouse, take the path on the right, cross the stream and keep the farmhouse on your right. On the right, you can see some ponds, where tadpoles proliferate in the right season. Cover a stretch with the fund that is a bit bumpy, be careful with the bikes, up to a large clearing. At that point, the path makes a small hairpin bend and continues uphill. At the end of the climb you arrive at the crossroads, to the left and to the right you go to the ALTA VIA DEI MONTI LIGURI (AVM), to reach Cascina Fogona it is necessary to take the dirt road in front, at the next crossroads keep to the right and you can already see Cascina Fogona.

From the Abbey of Ferrania: 2.9 km, difference in height about 110 meters.

Request the GPS track click here.
THE DIRECT

It starts from the center of the village of Altare near the oratory of San Sebastiano, it is the shortest but also the steepest route. For the moment, it is not yet accessible and in the winter of 2022/23 it will be restored thanks to the collaboration with the 3A-Cai Altare association and the Altare White Cross boys who organize the Burot Trail.

start from here

To be reached on foot or by bike.

Glass Museum

Glass Industry – Glass Museum.

Altare is a small town with a great history and a great tradition linked to glass craftsmanship. It was over the centuries one of the main centres of the Art of Glass Blowing and today, walking through the streets of the town, there are still the shops of the craftsmen blowers and engravers. The glass museum is housed in one of the liberty villas, still present. In July don’t miss the GlassFest, the museum’s furnaces are lit and artists from all over the world will enchant you with their creations.

Ferrania Film Museum

Ferrania Film Museum

A Museum dedicated to the industrial, artistic and cultural history of the FILM / Ferrania / 3M, film factory of the films of the great Italian cinema. Here they produced the films used for famous movies such as “Roma Città Aperta ” by Roberto Rossellini, “La Ciociara” by Vittorio De Sica or “Accattone” by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The first Italian colour movie, “Totò in Colors”, was also born here which in 1952 arrived on the screens thanks to Ferraniacolor technology.

For information https://www.ferraniafilmmuseum.net/

Altavia of the Ligurian Mountains

Altavia of the Ligurian mountains – the Liguria path

The Altavia dei Monti Liguri is a path that combines the two ends of Liguria from Ventimiglia to La Spezia. It is a real path to walk or by MTB, inland but always with sea view, between the Alps and Apennines, between sea and sky, along grassy meadows, where unique landscapes stand out. The Alta Via dei Monti Liguri is an itinerary that you can complete entirely with the organization and logistic support (for example the transport of luggage) of our tour operator (www.cribyoo.it) or starting from Cascina Fogona (Place of the AVML) You can decide to travel a few paths over the weekend or for a family trip on a Sunday.

www.trekkinginliguria.itwww.cailiguria.itl

Adelasia Park

Adelasia Park

15 minutes drive from the farmhouse, il Parco dell’Adelasia extends for 500 hectares of particular botanical and wildlife, as well as historical interest (from the Middle Ages to the Napoleonic era). The reserve is rich in waters that are collected in numerous streams and forming frequent ponds, waterfalls and meanders, favouring the development of woods with species of plants and animals typical of fresh and humid climates. The rich network of hiking trails, on foot, in MTB and with snowshoes in winter, is crossable in every season and the beech forests will give you great emotions.

For more information: www.provincia.savona.it

Appennino bike tour

Appennino bike tour

From Altare, where the Alps and Apennines meet, the Apennino bike tour departs, the largest tourist – cycling route In Italy with 44 stages and 3100 kilometres from Liguria to Sicily. Our residence is located on the first stop away, a few hundred metres from the start.

For info https://appenninobiketour.com/

near to us

To be reached by car or for the more daring by bike.

Bergeggi

Bergeggi

This small island is the heart of a protected marine area, where tourists can go snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving. A pearl of the Ligurian Sea, to be discovered together with our team of hiking guides. The beaches of Bergeggi, as well as those of Spotorno, Noli and Varigotti do not need presentation.

Finalborgo

Finalborgo

Every outdoor sportsman/sportwoman of Europe knows Finalborgo. At any time of the year in this splendid high village of medieval origins, you can meet athletes dedicated to biking, climbing and trekking. From our residence to Finalborgo, you arrive in about 40 minutes by car. With the electric bike, you can leave directly from the farmhouse and in less than a pedaling hour, you arrive at the start of downhill slopes.

noli

Noli

One of the most charming seaside towns in Liguria. It can be reached in 30 minutes. An evening in Noli is a true romantic experience. Noli is a town rich in history, the capital of the Maritime republic of the same name from 1192 to 1797 and is included among the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Monte Beigua Natural Park

Monte Beigua Natural Park

For geology enthusiasts and for those who want to spend a day in nature, we suggest the Beigua Park. You can reach it with one of our e-bikes or we can arrange a trip between sea and mountain for you. For details and information, here is the link to the official website: http://www.parcobeigua.it

Quiliano/Roccavignale Granaccia

Quiliano/Roccavignale Granaccia

Granaccia, Grenache, Cannonau, Tai Rosso, Garnacha, many names only one great grape variety, which in this territory has an elegant soul, soave, almost light in comparison with French and Spanish interpretations. Quiliano and Roccavignale are two villages that are just a few minutes from Cascina Fogona, where some of the best Granaccia producers in the world are located.

Savona

Savona

Savona is also worth a visit for an aperitif and a dinner in the many bars and restaurants in the old docklands or historic centre. You can choose from a Liberty itinerary that leads you to discover the painted palaces of the central Via Paleocopa or a medieval one between the alleyways where, in historical places you can taste the fried panissa (a type of fried chickpea polenta) and the Farinata (crepe) that in Savona you can find the “white” variety based on wheat flour. Send a postcard from the Palazzo delle Poste di Savona, one of the most important examples of architectural rationalism in Italy.

For information https://visitsavona.com/it/

In the day

It is worth dedicating a day to it.

Barolo

Barolo

Who does not know this great Italian red, Piedmont wine, based on Nebbiolo grape? All the wine lovers of the world love and appreciate it because it is a unique, inimitable wine, linked to the territory, by great longevity and elegance. Barolo is about half an hour away by car from Cascina Fogona!

Maritime Alps and Monviso

Maritime Alps and Monviso

La Cascina is a great base for those who want to spend their holidays between the sea and the mountains, in fact the Alps start just a few steps away. If you want to spend a day in the real mountain, the Maritime Alps, with a national park too, can be reached in an hour’s drive. They, according to the site www.parcoalpimarittime.it, are the first sector to take the typical characteristics of the Alpine arch, keeping the strong influence of the sea. Small glaciers, mountains lakes and 24 peaks that exceed 3000 metres of altitude can be explored. Also in just under 2 hours, you reach the slopes of the Monviso, an iconic peak of the Western Alps.

A day or two

Liguria and Piedmont at your fingertips.

Genoa

Genoa

Genoa is located just over an hour from us and is one of the most important port cities in the history of Italy. From 1097 to 1797, for 700 years, it was an ancient maritime republic and is still the capital of the Liguria region. It is also known today for its important role in maritime trade. The Old Port of Genoa is an absolutely suggestive place where you can visit the Aquarium and the Biosphere and Galata Museo del Mare, go shopping as well as stroll along the docks. After the Porto Antico and its attractions, your Genoese trip could continue through the streets that here are called “carruggi” to discover the many artistic beauties of the city such as the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata del Vastato and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the old shops, savoring the atmosphere of the past, even through a nice slice of the typical focaccia!

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Le Cinque Terre are one of the most beautiful places on the planet and are about a couple of hours away from our structure. In fact, these are five characteristic ancient seaside villages located in the eastern Ligurian area between Spezia and Genoa, located on a coastal stretch of about 10 km. Le Cinque Terre are a national park formed by the territories of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They are connected to each other by a dense network of paths and offer panoramas of rare beauty so as to be considered among the most fascinating in the world. are considered one of the most attractive Italian tourist resorts, they can be easily reached by train and by boat along the coast and offer a sea with crystal clear waters, beaches and jagged coasts and unique views, so much so that they are definitely worth a visit.

Costa Azzurra

Costa Azzurra

The Costa Azzurra is a portion of the northern Mediterranean coast belonging to the French region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and is about three and a half hours away from us.

It runs from Mentone to Cassis and is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe. The beaches overlook a splendid turquoise, limpid and crystalline sea, dominated by the slopes of the mountains located behind the coast, dotted with some picturesque villages. The fame of the Costa Azzurra is linked to the world of cinema, to an exclusive, lively and fashionable atmosphere and it is certainly an ideal destination for those who love the sea, the sun, beach life and the nightlife of clubs and parties. The main resorts of the Côte d’Azur are Nice, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Antibes, Monaco and Menton.

Turin

Turin

Turin is located about an hour and a half from Altare and is the capital of the Piedmont Region. For a period of its history it was also the capital of Italy from 1861 to 1865. Turin is known for the refinement of its architecture and for the elegance of its cuisine. Surrounded by the Alps that tower to the north-west, it is known for its sumptuous Baroque buildings, the ancient cafés that line the avenues, its arcades overlooked by numerous shops and its grandiose squares, such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. The symbol of Turin is the high spire of the Mole Antonelliana, from the 19th century, which houses the interactive exhibitions of the National Cinema Museum. Turin is certainly worth a visit, both for its gourmet places and for its cultural and artistic heritage.