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Parc National du Mercantour (zone périphérique)
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R148 Castérino » Limonetto
  |   5h05   |   15.76 km   |   738 m   |   1000 m

Via Alpina leaves Castérino and passes near the old Peïrefique barracks and then the Giaure fort established on the border with Italy. From the ridge a trail leads down over scree slopes and through woods to the valley of the Prati della Chiesa stream. It then meets the road, which quickly leads to Limonetto. This leg is practicable by mountain bike, too from Castérino to Limonetto (through Baisse de Peyrefique and Colle di Tenda).

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1559 m
| B  3.4 km / 1h30
Baisse de Peïrefique
2033 m
| B  1.1 km / 0h15
Refuge de Peïrefique
1989 m
| D  4 km / 1h10
Fort de Giaure
2237 m
|   0.4 km / 0h15
2201 m
|   5.29 km / 1h30
X R148-R149
1490 m
|   1.57 km / 0h25
1298 m
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  • Walter - 2022-02-11
    La struttura ARRUCADOR è stata chiusa.
    Il Posto Tappa GTA è al Bed and Breakfast L'Abric, che è anche punto di appoggio per la Via Alpina.
    telefono: +393482902263
  • daniel - 2020-03-12
    Around the huge Fort de Giaure on the grassfield you will find edelweiss everywhere. More than in anywhere else I saw on the Via.

    Important if you use the GPS track: going down from the fort do not take the sharp curve right. That road is dangerous, falling rocks!! Better go along the lake and follow the track marked yellow (later green and yellow)!!!

    Albergio Edelweiss is good, But is 30 minutes away from Limonetto, which you all have to walk back the next day. The GR-bar (Limonetto) is only open in winter. Edelweiss (HP €85) is excellent for its services. For the next day they called the next hut to announce my coming, they gave me an extra water bottle (which I well needed), and gave me an early lift back as far up as possible, with my breakfast in a bag!
  • Henk - 2019-07-26
    Near Baisse de Peyrefique, the gpx-track from the Via Alpina website suggests a path that is going down and up, whereas one could just as well stay on the grassy ridge. There are virtually no signs in the field. I stayed in Albergo Panice near Limonetto: fine place.
  • Berta - 2018-08-25
    Albergo Panice ist ca.2 km außerhalb von Limetto an der Hauptstraße und ca.1,5 km abseits der Via Alpina. Ich finde der Weg lohnt sich. Sehr nette, freundliche Besitzer, gutes Essen und ausgezeichnetes Frühstück Doppelzimmer mit Frühstück 75 € , Menü 18 €pro Person
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Albergo Panice is about 2 km outside of Limetto on the main road and about 1.5 km away from the Via Alpina. I think the way is worth it. Very nice, friendly owners, good food and excellent breakfast Double room with breakfast 75 €, menu 18 € per person
  • Elisabeth - 2016-11-10
    Parcours modifié : on ne passe pas au refuge de Peïrefique. Il est impossible de ne mettre que 1h25 pour atteindre le fort de Giaure. Ensuite, le sentier qui descend sur Limonetto (marquage jaune et vert) par Prati della Chiesa disparaît complètement sous la végétation. Il a besoin d'un sérieux débroussaillage : le pire de toute la Via Alpina !
    A Limonetto, j'ai dormi dans un appartement mis à ma disposition par la GTA - petit-déjeuner et dîner au Bar Dal Gâ, le tout pour 38 €
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    Modified route: we do not go to the refuge of Peïrefique. It is impossible to put only 1h25 to reach Fort Giaure. Then the path down to Limonetto (yellow and green marking) by Prati della Chiesa disappears completely under the vegetation. He needs a serious brushing: the worst of all Via Alpina! In Limonetto, I slept in an apartment put at my disposal by the GTA - breakfast and dinner at Bar Dal Gâ, all for 38 €
  • robert - 2015-10-20
    Epicerie à Limonetto
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    Grocery in Limonetto
  • Jean-Claude - 2015-10-02
    Après Terme di Valdieri j'ai continué sur la GTA italienne. A Limonetto j'ai fait étape à l'hôtel Edelweiss : belle chambre, très bon repas, mais un peu cher quand même...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    After Terme di Valdieri I continued on Italian GTA. A Limonetto I did step to the hotel Edelweiss: Great room, great meal, but a bit pricey though ...
  • Walter Revello - 2013-07-08
    Limonetto is perfect for starting or ending your trekking trail.
    Limone Piemonte has a railway station with connections to Torino, Ventimiglia and Nizza.
    There is a public bus direction Limonetto 5 times a day, but you can also contact Arrucador Lodge for pick-up service from Limone, parking and baggage storage ( - phone +39 3482902263 or +39 3475441408 in German).
    It's also available on request a 'sherpa' service from Mercantour and Marittime parks to bring your bags to Arrucador Lodge.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2013-05-19
    Trés belle étape sur les crètes voisines du Col de TENDE...Faute d'autre solution il faut redescendre les pentes du col jusqu'à LIMONETTO sur le versant italien . J'ai reçu un accueil agréable à l'Hotel EDELWEISS . De plus le repas du soir était excellent avec au menu un grand et bon plat de pates !
    L'hotel est situé un peu en dessous de LIMONETTO au lieu dit PANICE, à proximité de la route nationale 20
    Tel : 00 39 0171 928138
    Cell : 00 39 335 1722458
    Mail :

    Automatic translation [Google]
    Very nice step neighboring crests the Col de ENDE ... Lacking any solution must down the slopes of the neck to Limone on the Italian side. I received a warm welcome at the Hotel Edelweiss. In addition, the evening meal was excellent with a great menu and the delicious plate of pasta! The hotel is located a little below Limonetto instead Panice said, close to the national road 20 Tel: 00 39 38 0171 9281 Cell: 00 39 335 1722 458 Mail:
  • Sabine Bade - 2013-03-04
    Eine zusätzliche Übernachtungsmöglichkeit bietet in Limonetto - direkt am Weg oberhalb vom großen Parkplatz - das 'L'Ange Blanc':

    Sabine Bade
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    An additional overnight accommodation offers in Limonetto - right on the trail above the large parking area - the 'L'Ange Blanc': Sabine bath
  • Walter - 2012-04-22
    Sommer 2012: Die Trattoria von Osvaldo ist seit mehreren Monaten geschlossen. Alternative Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten: Arrucador auf 1500 Höhenmetern direkt am GTA, deutsche Inhaberin, Telefon 347 5441408 (Anja) oder 348 2902263 (
    Bragard Hotel, Edelweiss Hotel und Panice Hotel an der Bundesstrasse 20 auf etwa 1200 Höhenmetern.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Summer 2012: The Trattoria Osvaldo has been closed for several months. Alternative accommodation: Arrucador to 1500 meters right on the GTA, German owner, phone 347 5441408 (Anja) or 348 2902263 ( Bragard Hotel, Edelweiss Hotel and Panice hotel on the main road 20 at about 1200 meters altitude.
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-04-22
    The GTA in Limonetto isn't closed. Ask someone in the pizzeria in Limonetto for an accommodation. There's also a bank and a supermarket in Limonetto.

    Mucca Bianca (+ GTA)
    Bar, Pizzeria, Creperie, Cocktail Bar
    Strada Provinciale 42/44, Limonetto
    Tel.: 3460889935
  • Sabine_Bade - 2009-09-25
    Das Posto Tappa in Limonetto wurde mittlerweile endgültig geschlossen (war auch in den Jahren zuvor nur noch recht unregelmässig geöffnet). Eine Übernachtungsmöglichkeit in der Nähe ist das Hotel Edelweiss ( – wer Glück hat, wird sogar in Limonetto abgeholt.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Was the Posto Tappa in Limonetto now permanently closed (was in previous years only opened fairly irregular). A place to stay near the Hotel Edelweiss ( - if you're lucky, will even be picked in Limonetto.
Last update : 2022-07-19