Geremia fortress in Masone
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Comune di Masone: Piazza 75 Martiri, 1 - 16010 Masone (GE)
Telefono: 010 92 60 03
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Forte Geremia Forte Geremia

Masone rises behind the extreme western point of Genoa, on the main road that leads to Piedmont and the Turchino pass.
An antique commercial village, mentioned for the first time in a document from 991, it was dominated by the Malaspina family and then came into the hands of the Republic of Genoa.

Surrounded by the woody hills and mountains, Masone is not far from the sea and is crossed by the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (a high-level trail): the route and trails that surround it offer spectacular glimpses of the Apennines and the coast. On the clearest days, even the Alps, Monviso and Corsica can be seen from Bric del Dente (1107 metres above sea level).

It is on the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri that we find Forte Geremia, a Savoy military fort, object of the Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013), during which the ground and first floors will be restructured, and the toilets, plasterwork, attic and door and window frames re-done.  The final goal is to renovate this “station” on the Alta via, which can become an excellent node for the accommodation structures in the Beigua natural regional park system.

A little bit of history

Forte Geremia is a military fort in the western section of the Ligurian Apennines, which rises at a height of 806 metres on the ridge, at the point where the valleys of Cerusa, Leiro and Stura converge.
The fort cannot be seen from the nearby Passo del Turchino road, because it is well camouflaged by a rampart, the top of which shows a spectacular view of the Ligurian coast between Voltre, Crevari and the Beigua mass.
Built in the 19th century, it is surrounded by a moat, and has an internal courtyard, shooting posts and ammunition supplies. The ground and first floors of the building are connected by a metal ladder, and there is also a defensive area with redoubts and shooting posts.

The fort (together with the nearby fort Aresci, today destroyed) dates back to 1890, and was built to control the passes between the Genoa slopes and the internal valley, built by Military engineers from the Kingdom of Italy. Evacuated at the end of the First World War, the fort was neglected and passed to the state in the 1930s.

Having been abandoned for more than 50 years, it was restored in 1999. From 2007 it has been equipped to welcome tourists as a shelter along the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri.

The intervention

A series of interventions were started in 1999 to renovate the Fort, and the aim of the project is to finish both redeveloping and restoring the remaining prestigious parts of the building, for example the original Powder magazine (Santabarbara).

In this context, developing part of the rooms at the back, and which can be accessed from the courtyard, completes the usability of the complex and strengthens its touristic and historical attractiveness on the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri trail.

In addition to reconstructing the powder magazine in Santabarbara, furnished as in the 19th century, the cistern and pipes for collecting and using rainwater will be re-activated, the masonry, roofing, interspaces and drainage pipes will be restored, and the rooms will be insulated.

Nearby

Masone is not just on the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri trail, but it also straddles the provinces of Savona and Genoa, placing it in an extremely strategic position. Heading inland towards the Apennine border with Piedmont are the nearby villages of Tiglieto and Sassello.
Tiglieto is the location of the Abbey (Badia), a Cistercian building established around 1100, one of the first religious sites of this order established outside France.

In Sassello, the first Italian municipality to be awarded the Orange Flag (Bandiera Arancione) from the Touring Club, is one of the most picturesque and fascinating villages in Liguria, built following the precepts of the typical local style; it is in an uncontaminated mountain context and surrounded by woods. In Sassello, the summers are fresh and winters are never without snow.
Canestrelli (biscuits), the true symbol product of the town, must not be forgotten.

The nearby town of Stella, instead, is where the president of the Italian Republic Sandro Pertini was born.

Oddities

Masone boasts a multi-secular tradition in the artisan working of iron, now reduced to a few shops that specialise in particular productions, for example hand-beaten anchors.

It was already a village of notable size in the Middle Ages, as is witnessed by the ruins of the castle, but the presence in the territory of numerous ironworks was the main reason for its sudden urban development in the 16th century.

Just a short distance from the city, horse riding enthusiasts can find excellent riding stables; in fact the area is among the most suitable for horse riding in the province of Genoa.
Other important sports facilities are the two football pitches (one grass) and the skating rink.

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