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Natural Park of Monte Beigua: photo description (Parco Naturale Regionale del Beigua)

Natural Park of Monte Beigua is the largest regional Park in the Italian region Liguria, located in a picturesque location between the mountains and the sea. The mountain range stretches for 26 kilometers parallel to the Ligurian Riviera from the Colle del Giovo to the Passo del turquino. Its highest peaks are Monte Beigua (1287 m), CIMA, Frattin (1145 m), Monte Rama (1148 metres), Monte Argentea (1082 m) and Monte Raikes (1183 m). On the slopes and in the valleys between them stretched grassy meadows and valuable environmental wetlands, dense forests with thickets of beech, oaks and chestnut trees, whole groves, Maritime pine trees and Mediterranean shrubs. The Park is considered one of the richest in the number of different ecosystems of the protected areas of Liguria. While the European Community has recognized Monte Beigua territory of special importance for birds - there was more than 80 nesting bird species, including Golden eagles, snake-eagles, rock thrushes, nightjars, common Shrikes. In the forests of the Park inhabited by wolves, wild boars, deer, and sea-facing cliffs, one can see silhouettes passing by the coast of whales. Three groves - Devia in the municipality of Sassello, Leron in the municipalities of Arenzano and cogoleto, and Tiglieto in municipalities Teleto, Mazon and Campo Ligure - was taken under special protection of the state.

In 2005-m to year was formed the so-called Geopark Beigua, which entered the territory of the natural Park of Monte Beigua and the adjacent land. It is a Geopark recognized by UNESCO, is spread over an area of 40 thousand hectares on the territory of several Ligurian municipalities. His sites illustrating the geological history of the region, are the rocky ledges, the ore deposits containing fossils fossils and incredible geological formations created by wind and water.

Of course, not to mention the monuments of history and culture scattered throughout Monte Beigua and testifying the evolution of human settlements in these places. The paleontological finds made in the forests of the Park, suggests that the first hunters and shepherds appeared here in prehistoric times. Later on this area became an important route between the coast and the plain of the Po river. In 1120, the year on the plain of a small river Orba was founded the Abbey of Badia di Tiglieto, also known as Santa Maria, was the first Cistercian Abbey founded outside of France. It consists of a Church, located in the Northern part of the monastery in the Eastern part and the refectory. All three buildings are parties to the cloister, and the fourth side and the adjacent lands were occupied by agricultural buildings. Recently, the Abbey was restored, and in 2000-m to year it returned the monks of the Cistercian order. Nearby is a five-arched stone bridge in the Romanesque style, over the river Orba and leading to an old mill.

In the municipality of Varazze you can see a Desert Hermitage (Eremo del Deserto) - it stands at the confluence of Arrestra and Rio Malanotte. Skit represents the first in Italy to Carmelite monastery, founded between 1614 and 1618 years. Around him laid a 2.5-kilometre circular trail Botanical, introducing rare plants can be seen here as a typical Mediterranean species, typical mountain trees. Along the trail in dense thickets, there are seven chapels, known as Fumitory in which monks periodically retire for prayers.

Other attractions of the Park of Monte Beigua it is worth noting rock paintings of the Neolithic period in the town of Kaza Balastrera, "the way megaliths in Alpicella, Dairy Valley valley del Latte, lying between the municipalities of the Mazon, Campo Ligure, Rossiglione and Tiglieto, Valle del Leron, popular among birdwatchers for the huge number of birds of prey, to observe that it is best in spring and early fall, the castle of Bellavista, in the woods, Devia and filigree Museum in Campo Ligure. And, of course, you should definitely visit the confectionery factory in Sassello, which produces the world famous "Amaretti" and "canestrelli".