Trekking - GTL

GTL - Variant 16A

A variation of the GTL, this section takes you down from the crest of Serravalle and back up to the crest of Feisoglio and Cravanzana. It starts at Bricco San Michele along the section that runs from Serravalle to Cerretto Langhe.


From the centre of Serravalle Langhe, continue along the main highway in the direction of Bossolasco until you reach the crossroads for the hamlet of Villa. Continue to the left along the crest of the hill until you pass a farm. Right after the next farmhouse, head down off of the crest along a dirt road to the right. After running along the retaining wall of the farmhouse, this road enters the woods and continues down to an intersection on the crest. Turn left and cross a gorge. After a short climb, head down to the left. This road, which still has its stone retaining wall in places, heads down after a number of switchbacks to the base of the Belbo Valley. Cross the ample field in the centre of the valley and continue on to the vegetation marking the next hillside. Turn right and head up until you reach the Belbo river. Cross it and head up the opposite bank along a road that runs alongside a hazelnut grove to the right and up to the old Feisoglio mill. Continue up between the farmhouses to a wayside shrine and then through vast hazelnut groves to the church of San Rocco.

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Head down to the right for a few metres and then back up towards the village, which you can now see in the distance. Right after a small rest area, cross the main highway and continue on for a few metres to the left, where you will find a faint, old stone trail that heads up to the right and which will take you to Cascina Moretto, then right back to the main highway. Head up to the right and then immediately to the left through the houses and alongside the remains of the castle walls. Turn left again and you will soon reach the village square.

Situated atop a rolling crest along the right side of the Belbo Valley, Feisoglio overlooks Serravalle (or Villa, to be precise). This long strip of village runs parallel to the massive Church of San Lorenzo, which looms over the village in the same way the castle surely once did just to the south, although now only a few stones of the foundation remain.

A truly incredible number of castles, towers, fortresses and churches were lost in the 16th and 17th centuries, but even more remarkable is how much remains to this day and which gives us an idea of how these hills will have appeared to a wayfaring merchant in the 1400s — a faithful representation of the Middle Ages with hundreds of castles embellishing hilltop villages, the houses of which cling to the castle walls, like children clinging to their mother. Elsewhere reduced to mere legend, the Middle Ages were a time of rival squires, their toll stations dotting the landscape, as well as of monasteries and abbeys seeking to bring order where there was only conflict, of roads that were more like mule tracks, of nearly inexistent bridges and of fields cultivated as much as was possible between the many wars and invasions and with the limited knowledge of the times and workforce made of oxen and families.

Feisoglio was no exception, sculpted by war and by the devastating plague of the 1630s, as evidenced by the current, monumental church erected by those who survived. The church incorporated a small castle chapel, the remains of the castle itself, providing both space for the new church and its building materials.





Villa (Serravalle Langhe)
6 Via Roma
Type of trail
5.1 km
Estimated Time
1:45 hours


Along the way:

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

Point of interest along the way

Villa (Serravalle Langhe)
6 Via Roma

Suggested Itineraries

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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

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