CURIOSITY: ROERO, THE ROCCHE AND THE MYTH OF BELZEBU’
It is said that, in the middle ages, some castellans and feudal lords of the lands in between the rivers Tanaro and Stura, eager to escape the stifling presence of the tyrants of that time, had decided to erect a powerful stronghold.
To make it impregnable and worthy of the challenge, they had to reshape and raise the territory; this was a burdensome project, and people were alredy feeling resigned to never seeing it finished when Belzebù surfaced from the waters of the river Tanaro, summoned by the suddend outburst of one of the presents.
After having negotiated the obvious compensation in souls Belzebù started working. With a basket and a spade, the biggest ones everyone had ever seen, he headed toward the hills of Pocapaglia, where he dug the earth with great shovels.
After a hellish night of work and devilish coming and goings, Belzebù built the steep slopes of Cherasco and the Rocche of Pocapaglia and Roero.
TREKKING – Montà is heaven on Earth for hikers, with its Ecomuseo delle Rocche, an open-air museum bringing together eight towns built one thousand years ago along the Rocche’s fault line.
Starting from the town of Montà, you can experience:
– The Chestnut Trail;
– The Religious Trail.
Here’s what you can choose in Pocapaglia:
– The Ghia Trail;
– The Masca Micilina Witch Trail;
– The Verna Botanical Trail.
Monteu Roero offers the following walking tours:
– The Granda Chestnut Trail;
– The Wild Boar Trail.
In collaboration with Montà Tourist Office:
The Association Andar per Roero:
We will find the most suitable walking tour for you, and you can enjoy a packed lunch on request.
Set up in 1985 with the goal of reintroducing the extinct White Stork into the area, the Center was created thanks to the collaboration between LIPU (Italian Association for the Safeguard of Birdlife) and ornithologist Bruno Vaschetti.
Thanks to the positive results achieved by the initiative, in 1989 the Center launched its project for the preservation of rare ducks, swans and geese. With the goal of safeguarding endangered species, LIPU started a project to reintroduce Gobbo Rugginoso, a species of diving duck, which became extinct in Italy back in the 70s.
Since 1995, and thanks to the European Community support towards biodiversity conservation projects, the Center has promoted various initiatives to restore wetland areas in order to allow migrant birds – such as sandpipers and waders – to stop over during their long-haul flights. The project began with just over 2 hectares: nowadays the space is being enlarged to about 15 hectares, to give birds a safe place for them to stop over during the migrations. Visitors can watch the birds in the observation huts and along the screened paths, while scientists can observe the birds’ behavior.
GOLF – Girasoli Golf Course is secluded in nature: all fairways are completely natural and only local grass varieties are allowed to grow. Little quantities of specific, environmentally friendly products are used, and only on the greens. The 18-hole (par 71) course is rich in water handicaps, and far from the main road. A golfer’s paradise, what with its woods and poplar groves, and with its sloping hills.