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Neolithic Alpicella

On foot         Great Interest: Panorama Great Interest: Archeology 
  • Departure: Varazze
  • Arrival: Varazze
  • Duration: 30 minutes + 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Difficulty Level: T - Tourist (level)
  • Length: 6 km
  • Difference in height: 330m

Difficulty level: this path is suitable for everybody (T)
Characteristics: panoramic path dedicated to the archaeological and geomorphological aspects

Duration: 30 minutes +
Characteristics: archaeological, geomorphological.

A path into the prehistory's heart by visiting the Neolithic site in the locality of Fenestrelle and the Alpicella prehistoric Museum. The itinerary ends along the 'megalithic road', a particular way delimited by large blocks and facing the 'magnetic' summit of the Greppino Mount.


(photo by PR Beigua)
 

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The archaeological site in Alpicella

On the rises surrounding Varazze, a few kilometers from the sea, you will have the chance to go back in time for a little while and discover important prehistoric testimonies relative to the Beigua territory. The itinerary we propose includes three different sites.

The first option suggests a visit to the Archaeological site in Fenestrelle, that can be reached by taking the left detour on the street that leads from Varazze to Alpicella, just before you get to the village. Follow the trail marked with a red "D" and in less than half an hour you will arrive to a wooden corral that bounds an overhanging stone wall... the "Riparo sotto Roccia" (Shelter Beneath a Stone). This site has returned many archaeological finds over the years following its discovery.
Among these finds, are several "square mouth" jars, characteristic of the Middle Neolithic
(4700 - 3700 B.C.), "quadrilobe mouth" jars (practically exclusive of the Finale area) and a bronze brooch that testifies that the "Shelter" was used throughout the Bronze Age. All this, as well as the geological and geomorphological context of the times when the Neolithic man inhabited these areas, is well documented in the second site we recommend, the Permanent Archaeological Exhibition, located by the small hamlet of Alpicella (398 m.s.l.). Not far from Alpicella you also have the opportunity to visit the Megalithic Way, a 60 History and culture prehistoric "avenue" that looks as if it was protected by rows of rocks, like primitive "wayside posts". It was probably a "sacred enclosure", perhaps dedicated to some deity.

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