Signs of an agro-pastoral past
The path that connects Verdeggia with Passo della Guardia and the highest mountains of Liguria, passes through woods, ancient inhabited areas and crops that have now been abandoned.
The path starts from Verdeggia, in a place called Gravetta. After a short climb you’ll meet the first shrine, placed in a panoramic position. Continue to go up and enter the dense forest passing the Campo Riondo stream, near which you’ll see the remains of a large rock with which the war memorial of the town was built. A succession of narrow hairpin bends will lead to Cuin houses (1321 m), from which you can quickly reach the Barbun houses (1330 m), surrounded by ever more alpine vegetation. Not far away, a detour leads to the fountain of Barbun, whose fresh waters flow from the rock. Back to the path you will pass the Rio Barbone dominated by the huge rock of the same name. The path ends in a dense pine forest that leads to the Passo della Guardia (1461 m), whose panorama sweeps over the entire Argentina valley with the inhabited areas of Triora and Corte.
Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, immagini di Claudio Cecchi