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Parco Stirone, Loc. La Villa, Archivio Destinazione Turistica Emila

The Park as we can see it today was born at the end of 2011 by joining Stirone Regional River Park and the Piacenziano Geological Nature Reserve.
The whole Park is particularly important for its fossils from the Tertiary and Quaternary eras, which were discovered thanks to natural erosion in the area and allowed for the Park to become famous in the scientific domain all over the world.

Trail of Monte Giogo (Lugagnano V.A.)
Walking time: 3 hours
Difficulty: The itinerary is easy to walk, even if in the initial part you have to overcome a difference in height of about 200 meters until you reach the area of the Cross.

However easy, the ascent to the mountain should be done slowly (especially in the hot summer months) and savored with frequent stops in order to admire the panoramic views as well as the precious vineyards from whose grapes originate Gutturnio and Monterosso D.O.C. wines. On our right side there is the spectacular amphitheater of Monte Giogo, an imposing wall engraved in Pliocene marine sediments from which thin and arid clay ridges emerge, with a serrated profile interspersed with deep incisions thickly wooded.

La Ciocca Mountain Trail (Vernasca)
Walking time: about 1 hour and 45 minutes (round trip)

In the initial part of the path, there is a small riparian wood made up of poplars, elms, willows, locust trees and English oak trees, among whose foliage it is not rare to observe the frenetic activity of squirrels and woodpeckers (green and red), and a thick and intricate arid shrubland where, among prunus and thorny brambles, the dormouse (a small rodent with an attractive face) and a myriad of small animals (wren, robin. ..).

Rio Carbonaro Path (Lugagnano V.A.)
Walking time: 2 hours
Difficulty level: the basic itinerary is easy but sometimes muddy during the rainiest periods, so the use of trekking boots is recommended.

The route is partly equipped for use by people with reduced mobility. After passing Case Cancellieri you take, after about 100 meters, the first cartroad on the right and you go up until you pass a small brook, beyond which you turn right, to the beginning of the equipped path. Leaving behind the imposing sandy wall engraved on the opposite side of Val Chero (Zone n.2), there’s the entrance to the small valley of Rio Carbonaro where you immediately meet a small scrub of alders at the foot of which proliferates a hygrophilous vegetation consisting of sedges, rushes, straws and horsetails whose stems can reach 140 cm in height.

Rio Rosello Path (Gropparello)
Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Length: 1 km
Difficulty level: the path is about 1 km long and it is easy to walk along; the first part develops along a cartroad while the return crosses the Rio Rosello several times. It is therefore advisable to use trekking boots or rubber boots in the rainiest periods.

Along the way there is no possibility to get water so it is advisable to plan ahead. After leaving the car and crossing Case Badini, a pleasant panorama opens up in front of you, where rural environments shaped by man’s work coexist with natural environments. On the right side of the path there is a long hedge of hawthorns, dogwoods, brambles, prunus, dog roses… where passerine birds, small mammals, the shy “saettone” and the unpredictable “biacco”, harmless snakes find food and shelter.

Trail of Rio Stramonte (Lugagnano)
Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: the itinerary is easy, even if with slopes sometimes accentuated in the wooded area that leads to the gully, and it is partly muddy in the rainiest periods. As footwear we recommend the use of hiking boots.

The ascent to the gully area must take place in the driest periods (late spring – early autumn) when normally collapses in the walls do not trigger. After leaving the car and looking at the didactic panel with some information about the protected area, take the cartroad on the right that goes up among bushes and oaks until you reach some vineyards on the ridge from which you can enjoy a beautiful view on Val Chiavenna, on the gully area of Diolo and on Mount Giogo (to the East). Observing the ground along the cartroad and at the edge of the vines, it’s surprising the quantity of fossil shells that emerge and that reveal which treasure is hidden under our feet.

Trail of the Arda Stream (Castell’Arquato)
Walking time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Length: 2 km
Difficulty level: the itinerary is about 2 km long, it is flat and easy to walk.

The route develops mostly on the upper part of the right bank and only for short stretches it goes down to the riverbed. We suggest the use of hiking boots or rubber boots to move more freely along the riverbed.

Take the cartroad and turn right, leaving behind the bridge of Castell’Arquato. Along the path you can see among the plants some “burghe”, old bank defenses made of metal cages filled with stones that until a few decades ago delimited the course of the torrent when it flowed at this altitude. The vegetation found here is of riparian type (willows and poplars), but due to the lowering of the water table and the human intervention, it is associated with typical species of arid environment (broom and downy oak) and allochthonous species such as Robinia pseudoacacia, originally from North America, and Ailanthus altissima, originally from Central Asia.

Pietra Nera Path – San Genesio (Vigoleno)
Travel time: 2 hours 30 minutesLength: 3 km
Difference in height: easy; flat route with a short climb to Pietra Nera

Walk between nature and history. Parked the car near Pietra Nera, an ophiolite with a typical dark color that stands out for its isolated position, you first go up to the artificial lake, and then reach the top of the rocky spur through a short and steep path that passes through an environment characterized by plants typical of arid and sunny environments. At the top of the spur you can see the whole Stirone valley and on the opposite side the village of Vigoleno. Going back down along the same route you reach the state road and crossing the bridge on the Stirone, which separates the province of Parma from Piacenza, turn right to cross the village of Case Trabucchi, a place characterized by typical rural buildings. Leaving the village, walk on the main road and then take the path towards the torrent on the right. After about 500 meters you arrive at the picnic area “Trabucchi”, equipped with tables, benches and barbecue and characterized by a ring path in wood for people with disabilities.
The area surrounding the area is very important for the Park as there are many species of protected flora, such as orchids. Returning to the main road, we pass the nearby soccer field, from which the path starts again for about 600 meters through the riparian wood and the clearings, and then along a naturalistic forestation intervention realized by the Park. Going on, you arrive at the oratory of San Genesio, a small Romanesque parish church of the XII century, near which you can admire some oaks of remarkable dimensions.
The return is on the main road and allows to admire on one side the riparian wood of willows and poplars, which runs parallel to the torrent, and on the other side the hills of Piacenza, covered by vineyards for the production of local DOC wines. On the right side the rural landscape is interrupted by gullies, typical morphologies of clayey soils, which appear as a complex network of furrows divided by steep slopes often bare and subject to erosion. Such formations in spring assume a particular aspect for the flowering of the Broom, of the Wild Rose, of the Blackthorn and of the Sanguinello. This is also the area of birds of prey (kestrels and buzzards), of some reptiles (lizards and snakes), but also of hares, hedgehogs, martens, wild mice and toads. The presence of a remarkable biodiversity is surely due not only to the variety of the landscape, but also to the numerous hedges of autochthonous trees and shrubs, which still today divide the various properties of the farmers.

TREKKING PATHS AROUND THE PIACENZIANO AREA: Sentiero del Monte Giogo (Lugagnano V.A.) Length: 3 hours Difficulty: fairly easy. Mind the altitude gap of 200 m to reach the Cross. There are no water sources along the way. Despite its simplicity, the ascent to the Cross should be done slowly (especially over the hot summer days), with frequent stops to admire the beautiful landscape with vineyards, which produce the DOC wines Gutturnio and Monterosso. On your right you can see the spectacular amphitheatre made by badlands of Monte Giogo, made of pliocenic marine fossils and clay profiles divided by woods.   Sentiero del Monte La Ciocca (Vernasca) Length: about 1 hour and 45 minutes (return trekking) In the beginning you will be surrounded by a wood of poplars, elms, willows, locusts and ferns where you can see the relentless activity of squirrels and woodpeckers (green and red). On the ground, the thick mass of blackthorn shrubs hides the hazel dormouse and myriads of other small animals (robins, wrens, etc.).   Sentiero del Rio Carbonaro (Lugagnano V.A.) Length: 2 hours Difficulty: easy. Mind the mud in some traits especially with rainy weather, make sure you are wearing trekking boots. The path has been partially adapted to allow for disabled people to enjoy the itinerary. There are no water sources along the way.  Go past Case Cancellieri and after 110 m take the first coutry road on the right. Go past the small stream and turn right on the greenway leading to the trekking path for disabled people. Leave behind you the majestic sandy wall opposite Val Chero (zone no. 2), enter  Rio Carbonaro valley and you can see a small group of alder trees with an interesting underwood that can reach 140 m in height.    Sentiero del Rio Rosello (Gropparello) Length: 1 hour 30 minutes Length: 1 km Difficulty: the path is 1 km long and fairly easy. The first part is on greenland, the return path crosses Rio Rosello several times. Please make sure you are wearing trekking boots or even wellingtons in case of rainy weather. Bring water with you because there are no water sources along the way. Leave your car and go past Case Badini, where a splendid landscape will catch your eye: a rural environment shaped by human hands with natural resources. On the right of the path there is a long hedge of hawthorn, common dogwood, blackberry, blackthorn, dog rose that house small birds, mammals and harmless snakes.     Sentiero del Rio Stramonte (Lugagnano) Length: 1 hour 30 minutes Difficulty: easy. Some traits are uphill and in rainy weather it becomes muddy. Don't forget to wear trekking boots. If you wish to walk up to the badlands, do it at the end of spring or at the beginning of autumn, when the area is not subject to rockfalls.  Leave your car and read the sign with some information on the protected area. Take the country road on your right until you reach the vineyards on the slope of the hill, enjoy the landscape on Val Chiavenna, on Diolo badlands and on Monte Giogo (to the east). If you take a closer look to the country road and on the edge of vineyards you will see the amount of fossil seashells still visible, a mark of the treasure that lies under our feet.    Sentiero del Torrente Arda (Castell'Arquato) Length: 2 hours 30 minutes Length: 2 km Difficulty: the path is about 2 km long, on a plain road, therefore fairly easy. The path unwinds along the right bank of Arda river, reaching the water only in a few points. Wear your trekking boots or wellingtons to walk safe along the edge of the river.  Take the country road and slide right, leaving Castell'Arquato bridge. Along the path you will see some "burghe" in between bushes, these are old defence posts made of metal cages full of stones, which used to delimit the river waterflow when it reached this level. The greenery here is made of willows and poplars, but due to human interventions there are also species belonging to arid areas (e.g. shrubs from the Genistae family, downy oaks) and other species like black locust (from North America), and alianthus from central Asia. TREKKING PATHS ALONG STIRONE AREA: Sentiero Pietra Nera – San Genesio (Vigoleno) Length: 2 hours 30 minutes Length: 3 km Difficulty: easy, plain path with a short uphill trail to reach Pietra Nera Park your car near Pietra Nera, a dark ophiolite rock isolated in the environment. Walk to the artificial pond then reach the rocky cliff through a short, uphill path marked by plants that proliferate in arid and sunny areas.  Once your reach the top, enjoy the beautiful landscape of Stirone valley, overlooking Vigoleno castle and borough on the opposite side. Go back on the same path and walk past Stirone bridge, which separates the provinces of Parma and Piacenza, turn right passing along Case Trabucchi village. On the main road, turn right on the path towards the stream. After 500 m you should reach the "Trabucchi" area with tables, benches and barbecues, and a wood ringpath for disabled people. The surrounding area is very important for the Park because of the presence of numerous protected species, especially orchids.   Back on the main road, walk past the soccer field and continue on the path that unwinds for 600 m in the wood.  At some point you should see the oratory of San Genesio, a small church in Romanesque style from the 12th century, where you can see some large downy oaks safeguarding the holy place.  On your way back you can see the wood of poplars and willows along the stream on one side, and on the other the splendid hills of Piacenza covered in vineyards producing local DOC wines. On the right this rural environment is interrupted by badlands, a complex mixture of cracks constantly eroded by the weather. In spring, these badlands are full of flowers thanks to shrubs from the Ginestae family, the dog rose, blackthorn and dogwood. Here you can also see predatory birds (kestrels and buzzards), reptiles (lizards and snakes), but also hares, hedgehogs, martens, dormouse species, and toads. Such incredible biodiversity exists thanks to a varied landscape but also to the numerous local bushes and trees that still today mark the edge of farmers' properties. 
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