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France / Italy
Liguria / Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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Mendática / Pigna / Saorge
Alpi Liguri (gruppo Toraggio-Pietravecchia)
S.I.C. M. Toraggio-M. Pietravecchia, Gouta-Testa d'Alpe-Valle Barbaira
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R157 Colla Melosa » Saorge
  |   6h40   |   22.9 km   |   565 m   |   1655 m

Leaving the Melosa pass, the trail climbs to the Valletta pass. It flirts with the border crest on the French side, apart from a brief return to Italy in the vicinity of Mt Toraggio with its straight, dolomite-like rock faces. At the Corvo pass, Via Alpina enters France once and for all, descending after the Muratone pass through woodland to the beautiful hanging village of Saorge.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Colla Melosa
1548 m
| ABD  2.1 km / 1h05
Sella d'Agnaira (B. Vallette)
1888 m
| CD  2.5 km / 0h30
Gola dell'Incisa (P. Incise)
1677 m
| CD  1.3 km / 0h40
Passo di Fonte Dragurina
1821 m
| CD  3.7 km / 1h00
Gola del Corvo (C. Corbeau)
1413 m
| D  3.1 km / 0h40
Passo Muratone
1166 m
| D  3.3 km / 0h40
Oratoire de La Madonina
1015 m
| B  2.9 km / 1h05
Pont du Castou
438 m
| B  0.7 km / 0h20
Chapelle Sainte-Anne
504 m
| B  3.3 km / 0h40
510 m
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Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Alta Via dei Monti Liguri. Climb to Monte Toraggio (for expert hikers). Variant on the Sentiero degli Alpini (for expert hikers).
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  • Klaus - 2019-08-11
    Hallo Wanderfreunde,
    nach unserer Rückkehr von der VA Rote Garessio > Monaco folgende Bemerkung:
    Die Beschreibung der Etappe R157 ist korrekt bis auf Gehzeit und kumulative An/Abstiege.
    Basierend auf dem gpx-Track lt. Website beträgt der Anstieg 1249 m (nicht 565 m) un der Abstieg 2287 m (nicht 1655 m); daraus ergibt sich eine Gehzeit deutlich über 6h40 (wir haben (ohne Pausen) 8h00 gebraucht).Start Colle Melsa/Rif. Franco Allavena, Ziel Saorge/ GdE de Bergeron.
    Soolte man für die Planung wissen.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Hello hikers, on our return from the VA Red Garessio> Monaco following remark: The description of the stage R157 is correct except for walking time and cumulative on / off. Based on the gpx track according to the website, the climb is 1249 m (not 565 m) and the descent is 2287 m (not 1655 m); this results in a walking time well over 6h40 (we used (without breaks) 8h00) .Start Colle Melsa / Rif. Franco Allavena, destination Saorge / GdE de Bergeron. Soolte you know for the planning. Greetings Klaus
  • Jean-Claude - 2015-10-15
    Le sentiero degli alpini est à flanc de montagne avec de belles vues sur l'horizon, à certains endroits jusqu'à la mer. Après le col du corbeau on passe en France, il y a peu d'indication, et c'est très long pour arriver au beau village de Saorge, terme de cette traversée commencée au refuge de Vens dans la haute Tinée.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The Sentiero degli Alpini is a mountainside with beautiful views of the horizon, in some places to the sea. After we pass raven neck in France, there is little indication, and it is very long to reach the beautiful village of Saorge, the end of this journey began in Vens refuge in the upper Tinée.
  • Henk Nouws - 2012-09-03
    Very pretty walk, from begin to end! I walked from Saorge to Melosa.
    You can split the walk in two. Near Passo Muratone there is a very nice refuge / restaurant / bar: Passo Gouta Bar Ristorante. Open in summer. It's a 40-minutes flat walk from Passo Muratone. Check 335 539 3560 or 0184 241 068 or 0184 241 016 (village).
  • Sabine_Bade - 2009-12-31
    Während Gehzeit und Etappenlänge stimmen, sind die Auf- und Abstiege bedeutend weniger dramatisch:
    Aufstieg ca. 510 m, Abstieg ca. 1720 m!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Vote while walking and leg length, the ascents and descents are much less dramatic: About 510 m ascent, descent about 1720 meters!
Last update : 2019-12-18