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The Valley of the Trebbia


                                                  

The valley of the Trebbia stretches from Piacenca towards Genua and is situated in the northern part of the Appenin. What makes it so terrific is that no industry is allowed in the valley. The typical Italy visitor doesn't get here as you will not find here any "big" cultural attractions. And as it requires you to leave the big tourist routes along the mediterranean coast in the south or the Via Emilia in the north, the valley remains calm, rural and authentic.

If you are looking for a relaxing weekend with excellent local cooking, good wines, beautiful scenery and a big variety of outdoor sports offered, you've chosen the right place!

General Information
Weather
Maps
 
Travel Information
How to get there
Travelling in the area
Accommodation
Activities
Hiking

Mountain Biking

Rocks & Water
Specials
Things you shouldn't miss...
Things you shouldn't do...
 

General Information

Weather
- Yahoo! Weather for Piacenza
- Intellicast Forecast for Piacenza

Maps
- Area Map from National Geographic
- Satellite Map of Northern Italy from National Geographic
- Street Map of Valley of the Trebbia area (1:150.000) from multimap

Travel Information

How to get there
The shortest access to the valley from the north is via Voghera, which is located close to the highway linking Torino with Piacenza. Another access from the north east is Piacenza. From both, Voghera and Piacenza, the journey will take around one hour to Bobbio. The access to the valley from the south, e.g. from Genua, is a little longer but quite scenic. If you travel by public transport, the best is to go to Piacenza by train and get a bus to the valley. But be aware that the bus is not operating very often.

Travelling in the area
The valley's main road, the S 45, links almost every village along the Trebbia. Public bus services are well available and serve Marsaglia and Bobbio regularly. But once you are there, bike and walking trails will take you anywhere.

Accommodation
To find a place to sleep is rather easy in the Valle di Trebbia. Bobbio offers a couple of small hotels and albergos with different standards and on the other side of the Trebbia a nice camp site. Marsaglia itself doesn't seem to have many albergos, but one can stay at the Sports in Open Space center right at the river side or in Brugnello, a good 40 minute walk from Marsaglia (see below for further information).

Activities
The Valley offers loads of outdoor activities. No matter if you want to explore it on your own, want to learn an outdoor sport or want to be guided during outdoor activitiesl!

Hiking
You will not find any "real" mountaineering route in the area. But what you'll find are loads of natural trails crossing the woods and hills of the valley. Bring your hiking boots and explore the valley on your own! Best starting point for this is probably the "capital" of the Valle di Trebbia, Bobbio. But don't forget to bring a map, as this is not a national park with marked routes and rangers all around.

Mountain Biking
If you need a little more action, get yourself an mtb and try the trails with your bike. Promise, there will be plenty of challenges and dozens of kilometres of trails in the Appenin mountain range at every difficulty level. If you can't bring your bike, you can rent one at Sports in Open Space (see link below). To give you some impressions, you can follow this link to pictures taken on my bike trip.
- Photo: In the hills around Marsaglia on a bike trip

Rocks & Water
What I enjoyed most in the Valle di Trebbia was the possibility to learn new kinds of sports or simply to improve your skillsembedded in an awesome scenery: rock climbing, kayaking, rafting and canyoning. The team of
Sports in Open Space, located in Marsaglia, offers you experienced and enthusiastic guides, who know the area in every concern and have modern equipment to rent if you didn't bring your stuff from at home. Their prizes are low even for organized day trips and outdoor weekends, and If you are looking for reasonable accomodation you can also stay at their center. But remember to check the local weather conditions before you travel there: most likely the Trebbia will be almost completely dried out between june and august and consequently rafting, canyoning and kayaking aren't possible in this period.
- Sports in Open Space
- Photo: The river Trebbia in late April

Specials

...things you shouldn't miss!
What I would really recommend to you is the little mountain village of Brugnello. Just follow the Trebbia upstream from Marsaglia and just before you leave the town take a right and follow the steep and windy road. Where the road ends, you will find approximately eight stone houses, a church and a small hotel with a very decent restaurant - and almost no tourists (hopefully there ain't to many people reading these pages :-). The village of Brugnello is situated 300 m above Marsaglia and from the church, build on the edge of the hill, you have a perfect view on the valley. But most remarkable is the hotel. The house is old, yet it is renovated by the owner in a very authentic way and offers something like six beautiful double bedded rooms. The prize for a room, breakfast and (!) dinner was in 2001 170.000 ITL (yes, for two people), which is even for a "normal" hotel a very reasobale prize. But for this hotel, this prize is unbelievable, as the quality of literally everything is at the absolute top level in Northern Italy - if you thought you find good cooking in Piemont or Tuscany, test this resaturant! Breakfast is wholesome and plenty, the dinner is always four courses of perfectly prepared and fresh ingredients from the area. And of course, the local wines they offer shouldn't be missed!
Hotel Rocca Rosa, 0523 934500.

For those who want to add some culture to their stay, Bobbio can be highly recommended. The old bridge spanning the Trebbia is unique in its shape, the old monastery, the churches and of course the old parts of the town are all worth a visit. Stroll around in Bobbio for a day and you will discover many beautiful places, fine restaurants and little supermarkets selling local food.
- Photo: Brugnello, seen from the river Trebbia
- Photo: Brugnello
- Photo: Bobbio, seen from the bridge

...things you shouldn't do!
Well, simply don't rush through this valley. Take your time and stay there for a couple of days. And once you are there, respect the lifestyle and the nature, as this valley is way to precious to be overrun by ignorant mass tourists!

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