Rassa – Mezzanaccio

Rassa – Mezzanaccio

TypologyPaths of art

Departure (m): 917

Arrival (m): 1294

Difference in altitude (m): 377

Time required: 2h

Difficulty: easy

Outings on foot

Period advised: from spring to autumn

Refreshment areas: -

Signpost: 261 (ex 61)

Itinerary: This is a route which winds along the first part of the Val Gronda. Easy and with only a difference of 400 metres altitude, it is possible to reach the hamlets of the Val Gronda partially along a dirt road and partially along an ancient mule track. After having walked along the main road through the village and crossing a stone bridge, you come to Sant’Antonio, with its oratory of the same name. Then walk along the path which follows the bank of the stream and leads to the Val Gronda. Follow signs for route no. 61 and immerse yourself in some of the innumerable historical reminders of the piety of the population. Crossing a stone bridge you come to Pian Molino: from here the route keeps to the left-hand bank of the Gronda, always climbing slowly. At the end of the dirt road an old mule track begins and at the fork, ignore the path to the right, and follow into the bottom of the valley to Rassetta and immediately afterwards to Fontana. The mule track is sign-posted as no. 61 and leads to Mezzanaccio, the last and highest hamlet of the Val Gronda.

On the return, at the same altitude as the chapel "dei Riveit” turn left and ascend along the mule track no. 62 which shortly leads to Piana and then follow on from the side of the church, along an old pathway which has been restored and which leads to Ortigoso and then to Oro. From here, descend until you reach the dirt road at the bottom of the valley which leads to Rassa .

The return to the chapel dei Riveit and the ascent to Piana take 1 hr; the total route through the hamlets Ortigoso and Oro takes 45 mins.

Points of interest: the oratory dedicated to Sant’Antonio in the hamlet of the same name with the splendid Deposition by Arienta; the oratory dedicated to the Madonna della Neve in Fontana; the oratory of San Pietro at Mezzanaccio; the oratory of San Bernardo at the outskirts of the hamlet Piana; the chapel dedicated to San Lorenzo at Oro; the parish church of
Rassa; various examples of the local traditions and the religious beliefs of the population.