Trekking - GTL

GTL - Leg 12

Through the heart of the Langhe of Beppe Fenoglio to Pavaglione, the setting of one of the Italian author’s best known novels, in a union of nature and literature.

 

The location of Benevello was of strategic importance historically, in its protected position overlooking the pass between the Belbo and Tanaro Valleys in the direction of Alba, as well as being favorably positioned geographically speaking. At an altitude of 670 metres (2,198 ft) and enjoying an interplay of winds from the Belbo Valley and the Berria river, it is undoubtedly one of the coolest spots anywhere in the Langhe region. And while wind is one of the most recurring themes in the works of Beppe Fenoglio, it is here in this particularly complex corner of the region, enclosed within the territories of Trezzo, Castino and Borgomale (although from quite a distance, with Castino being as far away as the opposite hill), that much of the literature of that great author from Alba takes place.

But the most romantic spot is atop a knoll outside the village in the direction of Bossolasco. The Church of Madonna di Langa is a popular venue preferred by locals for a quaint, rural wedding. Legend has it that St. Francis of Assisi once stopped here to pray on one of his trips through the Langhe region on his way from Liguria to France in the 13th century. Indeed, there are many signs of his journey in these hills, such as the Cortemilia Convent or the Saliceto Oratory, spread out from Alba to Benevello.

From Benevello, follow highway SP230 in the direction of Montemarino. Past Montemarino, take a narrow road to the right in the direction of San Bovo. Continue along the crest through the woods towards Boscasso and Pavaglione. At the next fork in the road, both of the trails lead to the hamlet of Pavaglione, but you will want to keep to the right to head down to the village through farmlands full of donkeys and goats.

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Pavaglione is the symbol of Fenoglio’s “Ruin”, of the hunger and disgrace of the sharecroppers of the Langhe region until the post-war era. Agostino, the protagonist of “Ruin”, sacrificed for them all, bearing the cross for all those sold into hard labor, condemned to a life of hardship without any reasonable hope for a better future.

From here, you can also head to the Langhe wine region and the Bar to Bar itinerary.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Departure
Benevello
Italy
Arrival
Pavaglione (Castino)
12056
Italy
Type of trail
Linear
Distanz
4.7 km
Difficulty
Intermediate
Estimated Time
1:30 hours

ACCESSIBILITY

Along the way:

Picnic area along the trail
Fountains / water points along the trail

Point of interest along the way

Departure:
Benevello
Cuneo
Italy
Arrival:
Pavaglione (Castino)
12056 Cuneo
Italy

    Suggested Itineraries

    The stages of this itinerary

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    • Stop 0
      GTL - Grande Traversata delle Langhe
      Castino -> San Benedetto Belbo
      240km - Demanding - 52:00h
    • Stop 1
      GTL - Leg 1
      Castino -> Cortemilia
      8.5km - Intermediate - 2:00h
    • Stop 1
      Variant 1A
      GTL - Variant 1A
      Castino -> Santo Stefano Belbo
      14.3km - Intermediate - 4:00h
    • Stop 2
      GTL - Leg 2
      Cortemilia -> Bergolo
      5.2km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 2
      Variant 2A
      GTL - Variant 2A
      Pezzolo Valle Uzzone -> Santuario Todocco
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:35h
    • Stop 2
      Variant 2B
      GTL - Variant 2B
      Cortemilia -> Bric della Croce (Perletto)
      5km - Easy - 1:45h
    • Stop 3
      GTL - Leg 3
      Bergolo -> Prunetto
      9.2km - Intermediate - 2:40h
    • Stop 3
      Variant 3A
      GTL - Variant 3A
      Bergolo -> Pezzolo Valle Uzzone
      3.1km - Intermediate - 35m
    • Stop 3
      Variant 3B
      GTL - Variant 3B
      Bergolo -> Torre Bormida
      6.2km - Intermediate - 1:25h
    • Stop 4
      GTL - Leg 4
      Prunetto -> Gottasecca
      7.5km - Intermediate - 2:10h
    • Stop 4
      Variant 4A
      GTL - Variant 4A
      Prunetto -> Monesiglio
      9.7km - Intermediate - 2:05h
    • Stop 4
      Variant 4B
      GTL - Variant 4B
      Monesiglio -> Bricco Ronchetto (Mombarcaro)
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 5
      GTL - Leg 5
      Gottasecca -> Saliceto
      11.5km - Intermediate - 3:35h
    • Stop 5
      Variant 5A
      GTL - Variant 5A
      Gottasecca -> Confine Ligure
      5km - Intermediate - 1:00h
    • Stop 6
      GTL - Leg 6
      Saliceto -> Mombarcaro
      19km - Intermediate - 6:00h
    • Stop 7
      GTL - Leg 7
      Mombarcaro -> San Benedetto Belbo
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:20h
    • Stop 7
      Variant 7A
      GTL - Variant 7A
      San Benedetto Belbo -> Murazzano
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 8
      GTL - Leg 8
      Murazzano -> Bossolasco
      10km - Easy - 2:45h
    • Stop 9
      GTL - Leg 9
      Bossolasco -> Serravalle Langhe
      6km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9A
      GTL - Variant 9A
      Serravalle Langhe -> Cerretto Langhe
      7.5km - Intermediate - 1:50h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9B
      GTL - Variant 9B
      Cerretto Langhe -> Arguello
      4.5km - Intermediate - 50m
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9C
      GTL - Variant 9C
      Arguello -> Lequio Berria
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:25h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9D
      GTL - Variant 9D
      Lequio Berria -> Benevello
      8km - Intermediate - 2:10h
    • Stop 10
      GTL - Leg 10
      Serravalle Langhe -> Albaretto della Torre
      5.8km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 11
      GTL - Leg 11
      Albaretto della Torre -> Benevello
      10km - Intermediate - 2:15h
    • Stop 12
      GTL - Leg 12
      Benevello -> Pavaglione (Castino)
      4.7km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 13
      GTL - Leg 13
      Pavaglione (Castino) -> Castino
      7.7km - Easy - 2:30h
    • Stop 13
      Variant 13A
      GTL - Variant 13A
      Pavaglione (Castino) -> San Donato (Mango)
      13.7km - Demanding - 4:00h
    • Stop 14
      GTL - Leg 14
      Castino -> Cravanzana
      7km - Intermediate - 2:50h
    • Stop 15
      GTL - Leg 15
      Cravanzana -> Feisoglio
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 15
      Variant 15A
      GTL - Variant 15A
      Torre Bormida -> Cravanzana
      2.8km - Intermediate - 45m
    • Stop 15
      Variant 15B
      GTL - Variant 15B
      Bric del Cucco (Cravanzana) -> Torre Bormida
      5.7km - Easy - 1:50h
    • Stop 16
      GTL - Leg 16
      Feisoglio -> Niella Belbo
      5.4km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 16
      Variant 16A
      GTL - Variant 16A
      Villa (Serravalle Langhe) -> Feisoglio
      5.1km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 17
      GTL - Leg 17
      Niella Belbo -> San Benedetto Belbo
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:20h

      Suggested Itineraries

      • Trekking - GTL
        Trekking
        Langhe
        Linear
        Partenza: Monesiglio
        Arrivo: Bricco Ronchetto (Mombarcaro)
        Intermediate
        4.5 km
        1:30 hours
      • Trekking - Roero - Pocapaglia
        Trekking
        Roero
        Partenza: Pocapaglia
        Arrivo: Pocapaglia
        Easy
        13.3 km
        4:30 hours
      • Roero Bike Tour
        MTB Touring Routes
        Roero
        Linear
        Partenza: Borbore (Vezza d'Alba)
        Arrivo: Montà
        Intermediate
        11.8 km
        3:20 hours
      • Trekking - GTL
        Trekking
        Langhe
        Linear
        Partenza: Bergolo
        Arrivo: Prunetto
        Intermediate
        9.2 km
        2:40 hours
      • Family - Trekking - Santo Stefano Roero
        Trekking
        Roero
        Adatto a Famiglie e bambini
        Loop
        Partenza: Santo Stefano Roero
        Arrivo: Santo Stefano Roero
        Easy
        5.5 km
        2:00 hours
      • Family - Trekking - San Martino Alfieri
        Trekking
        Monferrato
        accessibile
        Adatto a Famiglie e bambini
        Loop
        Partenza: San Martino Alfieri
        Arrivo: San Martino Alfieri
        Easy
        1.5 km
        35 minutes