The Municipality of Sassello is located in the hinterland of Savona, about 350 meters above sea level, 20 km from the beaches of Albisola. In 1999 it was the first Italian municipality to be awarded the orange flag of the Touring Club, the eco-environmental quality brand dedicated to the small inland villages.

Nestled in the hills of the most densely wooded and inserted in the good part of Liguria province in the Regional Natural Park of Beigua, Sassello offers nature lovers an environmental setting, in every season: the flowery meadows in the spring, with the widespread presence of protected species such as daphne, narcissus trombone, wild orchids; the summer tranquility, in the shade of beech, alder and chestnut trees, or on the shores of Lake Gulli, but also the vitality of summer, for those who love hiking and mountain biking; the bright colors of autumn, its unforgettable flavors and fragrances, is pleased to go for mushrooms or visit the historic center of Sassello; the charm of the snow-covered landscape in winter, to be discovered in silence, with snowshoes.

Sassello and surroundings

The Ligurian Alta Via dei Monti

A spectacular balcony of mountains that overlook the sea: it is the High Street of the Ligurian Mountains, hiking trail in 43 stages that connects the two ends of Liguria following the watershed Tyrrhenian Apennines and Po of the Ligurian Alps. An itinerary that gives you the unforgettable experience for those who run, walk or mountain bike: exceptional views ranging from the Alpine arc coast paths immersed in the scent of the woods, ridge prairies in full bloom, villages rich in history and traditions. The High Street can be reached by Redwing in about four hours walk with a beautiful path through woods of conifers and beech trees, it leads to the Giancardo Costa, a short drive from the Monte Beigua.

The Beigua Park

Nearly nine thousand hectares, straddling the provinces of Genoa and Savona, for a spectacular mosaic of environments that make the Beigua Park one of the richest areas of biodiversity of Liguria: high-altitude meadows, precious wetlands, forests beeches, oaks and chestnut trees, steep cliffs and Mediterranean scrub. An area of exceptional wildlife value, as demonstrated by the presence of the wolf or the singular phenomenon of the migration of nocturnal birds of prey. An area whose geological heritage is protected by UNESCO. Some of the most interesting "geosites" are located right near Redwing: the fossil reef in the locality Prina Bridge - La Maddalena or the curious spheroids "lherzolite" intrusive rock dark green, at the Lake of the Gulli.

The Forest of Deiva

Within the territory of Beigua Park and the Municipality of Sassello, the Deiva Forest is one of the most beautiful Ligurian forests. Thanks to intensive forest cover, which alternates deciduous and coniferous trees, is an ideal place for nesting birds. The Deiva Forest is crossed by one of the Nature Trails of the Beigua Park, a beautiful loop trail that winds around the Top of Deiva, among pines and beech trees, with magnificent views of the valley below. Along the route you can admire the Castello Bellavista, charming nineteenth-century villa surrounded by greenery, and the House of Mare, near which is located in a restored ancient dryer, which allows you to discover and appreciate the history, the culture and the traditions associated with chestnut.

The Lake Gulli

Accessible from Sassello with an easy walk through the forest of Deiva, Lake of Gulli is not actually a real lake, but a bend in the Erro stream, which in this area has shaped the landscape with meandering, potholes and river terraces . The name "Gulli" comes from the dialect name by which the fish are called that live in these waters. Besides being a pleasant summer destination, to escape the heat, relax with a picnic or cool off with a swim, the lake of Gulli is also an interesting "geosite" of the Beigua Park: here you can see the lherzolites, rocks eruptive intrusive which are in the form of large spheres brownish, of a few meters in diameter, within the serpentiniche rocks.

The village of Sassello

Rich in history, art and nature, Sassello is pleasant to visit in any season. Of particular value is the religious architecture in the old town are the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, formed by a single nave which includes the choir in chestnut wood, made by local artists; the ancient Church of St. John the Baptist, which houses a statue of Anton Maria Maragliano; Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, majestic in simple nakedness of his late Renaissance style. Other highlights include the charming small church of San Rocco, located just outside of the country, and the ruins of the Castle of Bastia Soprana (Saracen Tower) and Bastia Sottana: enclosed between the outer walls is a small village.

The Perrando Museum

The Perrando Museum, opened in 1967, is headquartered in Perrando Palace, former residence of the family. The ground floor is dedicated to ethnography, it is home to the permanent exhibition of material culture and industrial archeology of sassellese territory, with farmers tools and equipment from the former ironworks and factories of macaroons. On the first floor houses the library, the historical archive and educational room. The second floor houses the section devoted to natural history, with a rich collection of fossils, one dedicated to Prehistory, with materials related to the rock engravings of Mount Beigua, and the medieval, with finds from archaeological excavations around the castle of Bastia Soprana.