Last summer I went to find Annetta, a dear Sicilian friend who lives in the hilly areas of lower Piedmont, little known, little frequented and therefore even more interesting.
Annetta has for some time been telling me about splendid walks through broad-leaved woods, long baths at the stream and fantastic evenings at the lodge by the river. The seed of exploration lodged in me quiet but never domus, it tickled my desire to go, walk and bathe in torrent waters.
And so one day I gave up everything and took three days of freedom to be with her and see this notorious “Capanne di Marcarolo” Natural Park.
I decided not to surf the internet, I wanted the surprise, I wanted to look, feel, touch, with my eyes, hands and mouth.
In the evening it rains, but the forecasts for the morning are good and after an evening of chat and amarcord I am leaving; the air is warm but not sultry, the sky is clear, crystal clear, everything seems to help live a great day.
The almost hidden path that starts alongside the road, the plants still wet, the wet grass that shines, the incipit is promising.
It descends slowly towards the stream and suddenly down between branches that open and leave room for a wider view here is a patch of cobalt blue between burnt red ophiolitic rocks … I’m out of breath!
And then down to the river the show continues, puddles, jumps, red and black rocks, coniferous and broad-leaved trees together, Mediterranean scrub and chestnuts that speak and the wolf-shaped rock that looks at us
“A wonder in our eyes” … a real enchantment!
So the next day accompanied by a friend guide, Paola, I choose a path that climbs up among centuries-old chestnut trees and plants of colonizing rowans, I contemplate the valley below from the top of Mount Tobbio, the Gorzente at the bottom and down again further down Liguria and then … the dream: hot and a little tired here is a small stream lake with transparent and placid waters, we dive and it’s immediately Beauty.
That’s why I want to take you to the “Capanne di Marcarolo” Park to which I add a Sunday of mystery with a walk and a visit to the “Castello della Pietra”.
Those who will host us live in symbiosis with what I have briefly and enthusiastically described to you: we will be beautifully hosted by the “Pian della Castagna” farmhouse which presents itself here!