A beautiful promenade, along ancient mule tracks, tiny churches and medieval bridges. This itinerary is part of a project called "Eco-Museum of the territory". The wide sacred wood in the valleys between Capo Cervo and Capo Berta. Enjoy three hours of walking, along pathways, mule tracks, and partially along ancient streets recently asphalted. These are some of the historical and artistical treasures we will find along the promenade. The Sanctuary "Madonna della Rovere": it is the beginning of the itinerary, with its evocative parvis where every year, the second week of July, concerts and exhibitions of the winners of "Rovere d´Oro" International Music Competition are held.
Since the time of the ancient Ligurian tribes, this was considered a sacred place; in this area archaeological excavations are open at the present, and many important archaeological Roman Empire finds have been found. Along two short tracks of asphalted street, interrupted by a nice pathway leading to the public pinewood, we reach Poiolo: little hamlet destroyed during the earthquake of 1887; the origin of its name is, probably, the Italian word "poggiolo", "balcony" in English; a name to evidence the beautiful panoramic position. Here in Poiolo, we visit the church of Sant´Anna, built upon a previous church. From Poiolo, the itinerary continues along asphalted street, to reach the historical centre of San Bartolomeo. Here rises the Parish Church San Bartolomeo and the Oratory San Michele.
All the surrounding houses overlook the square, and the church seems to "protect" them against all the dangers that may come from the sea. We take the road again, in the direction of the mountains, along a very evocative path, and then again the asphalted street until the village of Pairola. On your right side, many "caves" open in the rock: these were, during war times, storage places and shelters from the bombs. In the grottos closest to the church, the seats dug in the calcium stone “tufo”, are still visible). At the top of the village, we follow the street, soon turning into a pathway, to the Chapel San Matteo. In front of the little church we can have a break in the green area, sitting on a bench. We continue along the provincial street, until the bridge of "Richieri", ancient hamlet rich of oil mills built along the flood coast.
A visit to one of these, will give us the chance to learn about olive oil production, and the producers will be glad to offer us a taste. We follow along the river Steria to the little church of San Biagio and afterwards to the church of San Simone. Among the churches met until now, this is the only one where the Mass is regularly celebrated. Here begins the mule track connection between San Bartolomeo and Chiappa.
We continue along the stream, until we once again meet the motorway bridge. Here a detour to the left leads to borgata Freschi, and to the rural church of San Rocco. It is said that Saint Rocco, passing in this valley, stopped and laid to rest on a rock, leaving the imprint of his body. The church is open once a year, to honour the Saint Patron. From San Rocco church, the pathway continues to the street along the river, and we go in the direction of the sea, to the tennis courts where a passage allows us to enter the domain of San Bartolomeo again, and again along the river, to reach first the campers park area and then, the Via Aurelia.