Starting Point of the Hike Capanne di Carrega
The former Osteria Capanne di Carrega was a meeting and refreshment point on Via del Sale. The traders originally stopped here to transport salt, grain, and wine between Liguria and Piedmont. The shelter was later used by the partisans. There is a parking space at Capanne Carrega. Capanne di Carrega is the starting point for many hikes because this is where other paths to Monte Carmo, Capanna di Cosola, and Monte Chiappa begin. Here we leave the car and continue on foot for a beautiful day in the mountains.
From Passo delle Tre Croci to Monte Antola
Pass Colle delle Tre Croci is just above the path on the right. From here you overlook the valley of Campassi (Val Campassi) and the Val Carreghino. In this area, on the border between Liguria and Piedmont, originate the springs that feed the Borbera. The Borbera characterizes a beautiful river valley, Val Borbera. The deeply cut valley of the Borbera attracts bathers looking for peace and relaxation in summer. At Passo delle Tre Croci there are three wooden crosses at 1495 meters as a reminder of the three men who were surprised by a snowstorm and were killed here. Continue uphill to Monte Antola. The path now leads downhill, past a small chapel and an abandoned rifugio to the new Rifugio Parco Monte Antola, which offers food and accommodation.
Way back via Casa del Romano
After walking back almost to the end, turn right at the Casa del Romana junction and go past the observatory. At the end of the hike, you can take a well-deserved rest in the Trattoria Casa del Romana restaurant.
At the historic Casa del Romano there is an important cross between the valleys of the Borbera river and the Trebbia river. At Casa del Romano you can enjoy good food, a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, and a good view of the Mediterranean Sea at Genoa.
Thanks to its location far from inhabited places and the associated low light pollution, an observatory was built on the slope.
Alternatively, the hike can start at the Casa del Romano restaurant. Parking facilities are available.