Rupestral art of Beigua Geopark
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Ente Parco del Beigua: sede in viale G.Marconi, 165 16011 Arenzano
Intervento presso Torbiera del Laione - Sassello (SV)
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The intervention of the Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013) aims at filling an important gap in the cultural resources of the Beigua district and providing public institutions with knowledge on the integrated management of the territory, as well as the touristic promotion and development of the district itself. 

An expansion of the archaeological goods will increase the stream of tourists to the Geopark, which is already well-known because Beigua is among the geoparks promoted and protected by UNESCO within the Global Geoparks Network.

A little bit of history

The Beigua Geopark territory holds a very important collection of engraved stones, which is evident proof that an ancient population once lived there, and also proof of sure scientific value for studying rock archaeology.

Hard ophiolitic rock, unalterable during the years, could preserve messages, the origins of which are lost in history; they are signs engraved on rocks in a high position, near brooks or springs, which are numerous on both sides of the watershed. The upper Val Orba, near Piampaludo and in the areas of Alpicella and Faie, is particularly rich with these waterways, and is where important areas of pasture may have been located.

The engravings, made by traction and not by tapping like those in Valle delle Meraviglie, are different on the two sides: there are spindle-shaped intaglios called “Polissoir”, cupels and channels on the Tyrrhenian side, and more articulate symbology, stratified over time, on the Paduan side, with crosses, phi anthropomorphic signs, rayed discs, geometrical figures and other symbols.

Among the rocks there is one with engravings called “Pietra Scritta”. This quite well-known rock is full of signs, and it surfaces near a stream under the peak of Monte Beigua.

The intervention

Developing rocky art in the Beigua district with the Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013) is part of the larger and more articulated tourist usage system of the environmental and historical-cultural resources of Beigua Park – Beigua Geopark. This intervention, moreover, concerns the large central portion of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (a high-level trail), which is the richest in naturalistic and historical-cultural elements of the Park/Geopark.

Supported by operating tools (used on purpose) such as the Agenda 21 Locale process, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification, and the Report on Sustainability, the Park Authority was able to carry out various interventions connected with sustainable tourism and its use of the district involved in the protected natural area.

Among the most important actions are construction of five informative-educational structures managed directly by the Park (Villa Bagnara Visitor Centre in Masone - Centro Visite di Villa Bagnara a Masone - , Ornithological and Environmental Education Centre - Centro Ornitologico e di Educazione Ambientale - in Vaccà, in the uplands of Arenzano, Palazzo Gervino Visitor Centre - Centro Visite di Palazzo Gervino - in Sassello, an Information Point - Punto Informativo - in Prariondo in the uplands of Cogoleto, an Information Point - Punto Informativo - in Banilla di Tiglieto), interventions for developing the touristic use of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri by opening the territorial Service Centre in Sassello, periodic maintenance and improvement of the trail network and the equipped green areas, the construction of sports facilities (mountain-bike, horse trekking, canyoning, orienteering).

The Park, which in March 2005 obtained European and World Geopark recognition under the aegis of UNESCO, is working on upgrading and developing the paths and decentralized hospitality, and activating a card for tourist services called “ParcoBeigua card”.

Nearby

In a territory full of contrasts like Liguria, just a short distance from Savona, Varazze and Arenzano, squeezed between the mountains and the sea, Beigua Park - the vastest natural regional park of Liguria - is an exemplary cross-section of where to find different environments and landscapes, even in small spaces, in the region: a spectacular balcony made of mountains facing the sea where nature, history, culture and ancient traditions are elements of extraordinary value and interest.

Oddieties

The Strada Megalitica (megalithic Road) from the prehistoric age is part of the park; it was once protected by rocks placed in the “stone post” position. It was probably a holy enclosure dedicated to some god of lightning, given that the nearby Monte Greppino attracts lightening easily because of is rocky shape.

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