Trekking - Monferrato - Monastero Bormida

Santa Libera Trail

A varied, wild and pristine environment, clear air that sometimes smells of saltiness, open horizons and views to enjoy: that is what this itinerary in the Langa Astigiana proposes and it will guide you through the woods of Monastero Bormida.

This is a very varied trail from a scenic and naturalistic point of view; the flora is luxuriant and you will pass through woods and vineyards, but you should also pay attention to the fauna and in particular to the traces left by the animals that live in these high hills, and there are plenty of them: foxes, beech martens, weasels, martens, polecats, badgers, hares, mini-hares, squirrels, dormice, moles, wild boar and roe deer. The presence of diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey is incredibly varied, as are the migratory birds that fly over and stop over in the Langa during their journey.

The trail starts near the characteristic Romanesque bridge of Monastero Bormida and continues towards the small church of San Rocco (part of the well-known 5 Towers Trail), then it turns left past the small religious building and goes up and past the houses where the small road becomes a dirt track. Continue on a flat road through the vineyards, and a left-hand bend takes you onto an uphill stretch: the path narrows and enters the forest until it reaches the asphalted road where we recommend a diversion of about 250 metres to enjoy the view from the giant heart bench.

Retrace your steps and continue uphill halfway between chestnut trees and then between dry stone walls and vineyards. At a crossroads, keep to the right, rejoining a stretch of the 5 Towers Trail, which you leave after reaching a junction where you turn left: a few bends and ups and downs and, at the end of the gravel road, you will be just outside the woods and on the ridge where you can see Santa Libera, which can be reached in a few minutes.Here, near this small church of remote 15th-century origin (rebuilt in recent times), you will find a lovely meadow for a picnic stop.

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In front of the church, the route continues to the left on a dirt road and downhill. A few turns, as per the GPX, and you will be in a chestnut wood beyond which you will come across a stone house, a votive chapel and a junction (San Desiderio) where you will have to turn left. You continue and follow the signs, always looking around to appreciate all the nuances, the scents of the undergrowth and the charm of this unspoilt nature. Once you reach the valley, you will cross a bridge and proceed along the hillside between a series of dry stone walls, true masterpieces of ancient rural skills with which men have tried, with great effort, to shape such a difficult and impervious land.

Proceed through dirt roads and asphalted stretches, down and then up until you reach the SP 56 Monastero - Ponti road and then continue along a path that runs alongside the Bormida river of Millesimo and then back near the Romanesque bridge, where you will spot a mignon version of the giant heart bench.

 

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Monferrato

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Departure
Monastero Bormida
14058
Italy
Arrival
Monastero Bormida
14058
Italy
Type of trail
Loop
Distanz
9.7 km
Difficulty
Intermediate
Estimated Time
3:30 hours

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Fountains / water points along the trail

Point of interest along the way

Departure:
Monastero Bormida
14058 Asti
Italy
Arrival:
Monastero Bormida
14058 Asti
Italy

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