Municipalities of the Alta Langa: Castelletto Uzzone

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Castelletto Uzzone is a small village in the Eastern Langhe on the borders of the province of Savona and its territory is located between 405 and 741 meters above sea level.

The magnificent natural landscapes, wooded hills and healthy climate make it a good place to spend holidays and nice tourism center.

History

The name Castelletto, frequent in the early medieval toponymy, comes from the Latin Castelletum, fortified enclosure with towers, used by the first feudal lords to defend their lands.

The first housing units are certainly of Roman origin but, for historians, the dating is still uncertain. Castelletto Uzzone was part of the marquisate of Cortemilia from 1322, passed to Manfredo IV of Saluzzo after the conquest of Asti by Gian Galeazzo Visconti. Later it belonged to the Scarampi and passed to Charles II of Savoy in 1532.

Much more recent history is that of the tributes of blood paid by the citizens of Castelletto Uzzone for the First World War and for the Second World War.

Today the community has become the center of important artisan and agri-food products.

The wood “Bricco dei Faggi”

The “Bricco dei Faggi” is located in the municipality of Castelletto Uzzone and it is destination of many excursionists. Here there is a wide wood with many ancient beeches. 

They extend up to 700 and 800 MAMSL, an unusual area if we think about the phyto-geographical distribution of the species. The beech wood of Castelletto Uzzone is very different: it is a mixed wood, for the majority with beeches and chestnuts, but is has also shrubs and meadow

During the day, depending on the season, you can meet many animals on the Collina dei Faggi. The birds are always present: it is not easy to see them, but you can certainly hear the song of the  finch or the  woodpecker. The mammalians are for the most foxes, wild boars and badgers.

Cascina Crocetta

It is an ancient country house, totally built in sandstone, which perfectly represents the typical Alta Langa construction method. The Comunità Montana Alta Langa, owner of the building, after the restoration, decided to use it as a centre for cultural activities. Here you can see the rooms of the old house; there are two rooms dedicated to visitors. Cascina Crocetta is a very nice place where to start natural excursions in the Valle Uzzone.

Paths and itineraries

VEROSOLA TRAIL

On foot, by mountain bike, on horseback, with snowshoes 9 km. This is the ancient road that connects Scaletta hamlet to Sanvarezzo hamlet, already in the municipality of Dego. Following the yellow signs that indicate the route, the path starts from the Scaletta hamlet on a paved road, and then goes into the woods along the Rio Verosola, passes Pian della Ceresa and radiuge Sanvarezzo.

BRIC DU RIZ TRAIL

On foot, by mountain bike, on horseback, with snowshoes 10 km. Following the Uzzone stream, the itinerary first reaches the Scaletta hamlet, then continues towards Serra (where legend also tells the passage of Napoleon). The cobbled road that departs from here leads first to the Soprano hamlet and then to a solitary ciabot. The road is paved again until the next crossroads: turning left you reach the ridge near Bric Cian Pasquela. A long dirt road, first level and then downhill, leads to the hamlets Ronzimero and Staglia: from here a road on the left leads to the provincial road near the hamlet of Poggiolo.

BRIC DELLE FORCHE TRAIL

On foot, by mountain bike, on horseback, with snowshoes 5 km. From the hamlet of Poggiolo, go up towards the Bric delle Forche, passing through the villages of Costa and Galli, until you meet the marked path, you can continue both towards Levice and, in the opposite direction, towards Prunetto.

BRIC DEI FAGGI TRAIL

On foot, by mountain bike, on horseback, with snowshoes 14 km. It starts from the hamlet of Poggiolo along an asphalted road that follows the valley floor for a good stretch, then turns left at a crossroads. We pass near Villa Appiano, where Vittorio Emanuele II stayed during a hunting trip. Along the road there are fields cultivated with officinal herbs, you reach the church of San Luigi, in a splendid position, surrounded by centuries-old trees. The ancient road to Prunetto passes nearby. Continue uphill, pass the hamlet of San Ilario until you reach the “Four Ways”: the dirt road on the road leads to Case del Piano, where you will find the path of the Bormida Valley. After passing the small refuge, recently renovated, you reach the summit and, continuing on the ridge, turn left along the road that leads to the Bric dei Faggi, crossing the centuries-old forest to the crossroads. Here the two paths are divided: one towards the town, passing through the villages of Periela and Vignazze, while the other continues towards Pian del Torto and, through a small path, reaches the hamlet of Scaletta and then, via a road that runs alongside the Uzzone stream , return to the capital.

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