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Restaurant and hotel on Passo del Faiallo, stage point of Altavia dei monti liguri

Passo del Faiallo

The Passo del Faiallo gets it’s name from the latin term Fagus- that is Beechtree- and in fact this particolar tree dominates the surrounding landscape which is composed almost entirely of Beeches. The Faiallo area was originally in the path of the ancient Salt Roads that beginning at Voltri push themselves all the way to the line marking the frontier between Liguria and the Piedmont. escursioni3

In the area, which goes from the Bric del Dente to the passo del Turchino, it’s possible to witness unique meteorological phenomena, acting as a great divide between the converging Mediterranean currents arriving from the sea. The Passo del Faiallo is a passage starting from the Ligurian Appenines sitting at a quota of 1.044 m above sea level along the Strada Provinciale SP 73 which connects the Passo del Turchino with San Pietro d’Olba, then passing through the Torrente Orba plateau and a large part of the Urbe communal territories. Originally the old trail arrived at the Passo del Faiallo at 1061 m a.s.l.- that is the road that from Arenzano climbs through the Passo della Gava. In the vicinity of the Passo, on Genovese territory, the provincial road runs by the Sacrario dei Martiri del Turchino and crosses the medieval road of the Cannellona which connected Voltri with Masone and the Stura valley. The passo del Faiallo, thanks to La Nuvola sul Mare Hotel positioned in the immediate proximity of the mountain pass, is a starting point for the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri hiking stage. From here begins the Beigua National Park, which arrives at the Mountain of the same name in the province of Savona. Flanking the Bric del Dente at 1109m a.s.l., and crossing Mount Reixa at 1183 m a.s.l. on a clear day you can see breathtaking views of the entire Genovese and Riviera seafronts. This is definitely one of the most panoramic roads in all of Liguria. At times, and with a bit of luck, one may even view the islands closest to the Italian mainland including Corsica and Elba, and a large part of the Tuscan coast. Continuing West at less than a kilometer from Prato Rotondo, in the Terrin locality at 1078m a.s.l. you can find the “Casa della Miniera”, an abandoned mining shelter that has been totally rebuilt and renewed.