The Walks of the High Shady Hills and Clear Hills – Leg 2
Standing in the woods, Chiusano extends round the Nature Reserve of Valle Andona, Valle Botto, and Valle Grande. The Nature Reserve is one of the most famous international reserves for its fossils of marine organisms that inhabited the sea beds, which had covered the whole Pianura Padana during Pliocene period (between 5 and 1.8 million years ago).
In the proximity of the City Hall of Chiusano, go down Via San Martino and take Via San Sebastiano. After 500 metres, you are near to the chapel of San Rocco. When you come to a fork, turn right and go down the slope for about 1 km until you reach two farmlands, where the dirt road becomes Strada Provinciale 35.
After about 90 metres, turn right and pass through the fields. After 200 metres, turn right and go straight ahead. After 400 metres you come to an intersection and turn right. On the way there are farmlands for about 500 metres. Go past them and take Strada Provinciale 35.
After few minutes you are in the proximity of Settime, where the road intersects with Via Roma. Turn right into Strada Provinciale 35 for about 400 metres. Once you are close to a wooded area, leave the road and follow the route on the left.
The route continues in the woods for about 1 km, then the road becomes dirt and goes down on the left.
After 500 metres, turn left and go straight for 500 more metres, until reaching an intersection where you have to turn right. It is a landscape of farmlands and chestnut woods, typical of these hills. After 200 metres you come to an intersection again and turn right.
Go down the woods for about 2 km. Once you get to Località Montegrosso, the road becomes paved. After 600 metres, leave the paved road for the dirt road that goes in the woods on the right. Keep going for about 5 km until the road intersects with Strada Provinciale 2. Turn right and go up until reaching Soglio. One of the symbols of the village is the medieval castle, renovated in the middle 18th century and located in the historic centre. The building, with a lunette plant, still has the remains of the original structure and is surrounded by walls and pointed arch windows.
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Point of interest along the way