Trekking - GTL

GTL - Variant 9D

Another section of GTL variation, this route provides connections to both Albaretto, forming a circuit, and Benevello, continuing along one of the main hillcrests. 


Lequio Berria is not far from Benevello as the crow flies, as the two are essentially at the two ends of the long hill that eventually connects with the backbone of the Langhe region, i.e. the hillcrest road that runs between the Tanaro and Belbo Valleys. However, Lequio overlooks the Belbo Valley and (especially from the Madonna della Neve Sanctuary) Borgomale below, looking quite small from such a height (Langhe geography can play tricks on you), the even smaller Church of Santa Caterina marking the border and welcoming travellers.

Here, too, you will find a rare collection of over a hundred Italo-Russian pastels, which was started by Pierre Tchakhotine and the local painter Luigi Carbone in a partnership with the Jaroslav Museum in Russia. Also of note is the San Rocco Oratory, where you can still see fragments of late-Gothic frescos, including a “Judgment of Pilate and Herod”, in the ancient Romanesque chapel with its beautifully restored façade. You might also enjoy a leisurely stroll from the barrow at the point where once a castle stood (likely just a donjon surrounded by a wall) to see the various shrines along the way to the Madonna della Neve Sanctuary, where you will find a spectacular view of the Belbo Valley.

From the main square, head up to the left and cross essentially the entire village along Via Langa. After passing a memorial monument and the intersection with the secondary highway, cross the main highway.

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Right after a lovely villa, take the narrow, paved road that heads uphill to the right. After a very panoramic section, the road heads down gradually to the right, taking you to another intersection with the main highway. To get to Benevello, you will need to continue on to the right for a few kilometres.

The location of Benevello was of strategic importance historically, 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. In winter, the wind in Benevello creates a sort of crystallization effect on the Bassa Langa region, appearing as a white-on-black nativity scene from the faraway plains against the white backdrop of the Alps on the horizon. At night, the plain comes to life with lights that are much brighter than those of the hilltop villages, so we can easily distinguish Fossano, Savigliano, Saluzzo, Asti and, above all, Turin, which lights up the Roero region and the Moncalieri-Superga hill like a enormous magic lamp.

In Benevello, the austere castle with its two circular towers (now a privately owned building) protects the lovely Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, which is surrounded by a cool, steep garden with a view. The handful of narrow streets in the village are well worth a leisurely stroll.






Lequio Berria
Type of trail
8 km
Estimated Time
2:10 hours


Along the way:

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

Point of interest along the way

Lequio Berria

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

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    MTB Touring Routes
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    Arrivo: Pietra dell'Appuntamento (Torresina)
    3.3 km
    50 minutes
  • Trekking - GTL
    Partenza: Niella Belbo
    Arrivo: San Benedetto Belbo
    5.5 km
    1:20 hours
  • Trekking - GTL
    Partenza: Albaretto della Torre
    Arrivo: Benevello
    10 km
    2:15 hours
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    MTB Touring Routes
    Partenza: Frinco
    Arrivo: Chiusano d'Asti
    9 km
    2:15 hours
  • Trekking - Langhe
    Partenza: Cravanzana
    Arrivo: Cravanzana
    10.2 km
    4:00 hours
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    Partenza: Nonche (Vinchio)
    Arrivo: Cascina Quaglia (San Marzano Oliveto)
    5.6 km
    1:15 hours