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Tastes at the court of the Malaspina

SP 155 , Fraz. Oramala, Val Nizza, PV, Val di Nizza Pavia, Italy

The itinerary of the excursion ideally will trace the history of the Malaspina family, the marquis's family that he was the creator and guardian of the intersection of knowledge, tastes and traditions that still constitutes the peculiarity of this region. After the guided tour of the fortress Oramala, the cradle of the Malaspina, located about 700 m. height will come down to the village of Varzi through a scenic route varied, where small farms and meadows alternate with mixed forests of chestnut, oak and hornbeam ash trees among which it is still possible to see deer and horses grazing. The route of approx. 4 km away. gently sloping valley towards the village of Varzi alternating short stretches of paved road tratturi ordered and, with the help of an environmental guide will provide an opportunity to understand the origins and characteristics of this fascinating structure of the environment. In the background, for the entire journey, we will have spectacular views of the peaks he Apennines and views of the lunar landscape of the badlands. Once in Varzi we go "to class salami" in the charming historic home of a famous local sausage factory located in an old warehouse merchant overlooking the walkway of the fourteenth century walls of the village. So we will know the product and symbol of the town's mercantile power of the Malaspina and will taste along with other specialties related to the history of Varzi. After this lunch buffet (see menu at the bottom of page), we will perform a guided tour of the village since 1275 when they placed the seat of the Malaspina management of their powerful marquis, transforming it into a rich town dedicated to commerce, crafts and dedicated services transit of goods and people between the Po Valley and the Mediterranean Sea. The graceful center that owes its charm to being one of the rare examples of Italian village in overlapping rows of arcades and preserve intact its medieval layout. The atmosphere is special because both climate that aspect of the case, despite being in the middle of the Apennines is already breathes the air of the typical villages of the Ligurian coast. The activities will end around 16.30 in the village of Varzi that will be also motivated by all the attractions of the traditional village fairs. For the recovery of the car to the fortress Oramala we will provide a shuttle service to transport the drivers who will then go down to Varzi for the recovery of their passengers. For the most hardened walkers will be able to independently walk back to the castle along the paved road that connects Varzi with an uphill lasting about an hour. The participation fee is 25 Euro per person for adults and 15 euros for children up to 10 years including lunch and shuttle drivers. The activity is limited and therefore booking is required by Friday, April 25, 2013. Comfortable shoes are required to walk. The route presents no technical difficulty and being entirely downhill is not particularly strenuous.

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il 27 April 2014


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Getting there

... by train
A7 from Milan or Genoa output Gerola Alta, at 21 from Torino Piacenza or Voghera or Casteggio exit, then follow signs to Voghera and then towards Varzi after Godiasco follow the yellow signs to the Rock of Oramala



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