The Nature Park Alta Valle Pesio & Tanaro offers the public a variety of hiking and biking itineraries. The levels of difficulty range from very easy to demanding. After hiking you can have a lunch in the picnic area with its breathtaking views of the Marguareis’ peak.
Established in 1978, the Alta Valle Pesio & Tanaro Nature Park was one of the first protected areas in Piemonte. The park covers 6,770 hectares (25 sq. miles) and includes two valleys: the Valle Pesio and the Valle Tanaro. The park’s highest elevation is the Marguareis – Mongioie Massif (8,700 ft.) which forms part of the Ligurian Alps.
The park’s alpine climate is influenced by its proximity to the Mediterranean. As a result there is a rich variety of flora and fauna which includes one-quarter of all vegetal species present in Italy. During the winter months the park offers guided tours on snow rackets through the fairy-tale like setting.
The Marguareis – Mongioie Massif is composed of limestone and is considered a karstic phenomenon for its more than 90 miles of caves and caverns. The Grotte di Bossea Nature Reserve in nearby Frabosa Soprana has over one mile of caverns open to the public with guided tours. The caverns are noteworthy for both their size and because they are entirely above ground.