Trekking - GTL

GTL - Variant 4B

Together with the previous section, this variant of the GTL connects the Prunetto hillcrest with that of Mombarcaro and Bossolasco to create potential circuits between the various branches of the GTL itinerary.

 

The charming village of Monesiglio is laid out as a sort of wedge between the river and the escarpment with the Caldera Castle right on the edge, like a spearhead. The rural churches are of great interest, from the solitary Romanesque Church of San Martino (now privately owned) along the steep road to Prunetto/Gottasecca to the extraordinary Church of Madonna dell’Acqua Dolce, also Romanesque and featuring a nave and two aisles as well as a number of 12th century Byzantine frescos that are some of the oldest of the entire valley.

To head back up the valley to Mombarcaro, you will need to cross the village of Monesiglio to the roundabout near the bridge over the Bormida river. Follow the highway to Mombarcaro until the crossroads for the hamlet of Bertole. Cross the stream and continue to the first houses of the hamlet. Head up towards the hill and, at the end of the asphalt, bend towards the woods to the right. This gravel road heads gradually upward as it runs along the fence of a farm and then up the hillside through a couple of switchbacks. At an evident fork in the road, keep to the left. After a flat section, the gravel road begins to climb more steeply up to the paved secondary road to the hamlet of Ronchetti. A bit further ahead on your right, you will find the highway. Follow this road to Mombarcaro at the summit of the hillcrest.

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At an altitude of nearly 900 metres (2,950 ft), Mombarcaro is the highest of the Langhe municipalities and is known as the “Vetta delle Langhe” (Langhe Summit). The town’s coat of arms features a boat (barca in Italian, which can also be seen in the name of the town) in reference to an old legend whereby it is said that, on a clear winter day, you can see the sea from here. One thing is certain: there are few places more intimately magical than Mombarcaro and few photos capture the spirit of the Langhe like the famous one of Fenoglio gazing out into the distance over the valleys below from this, the last possible hilltop.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Departure
Monesiglio
13 Via Roma
12077
Italy
Arrival
Bricco Ronchetto (Mombarcaro)
SP103
12070
Italy
Type of trail
Linear
Distanz
4.5 km
Difficulty
Intermediate
Estimated Time
1:30 hours

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Along the way:

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

Point of interest along the way

Departure:
Monesiglio
13 Via Roma
12077 Cuneo
Italy
Arrival:
Bricco Ronchetto (Mombarcaro)
SP103
12070 Cuneo
Italy

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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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