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CASTO: TRA CANYON E ANTICHE FUCINECASTO: THROUGH CANYONS AND OLD FORGES - Vivi la Valle Sabbia

CASTO: THROUGH CANYONS AND OLD FORGES

Interesting features

• learn about the remains of the ancient forges which were in operational from the 15th Century thanks to the special water systems that exploited the movement of the water
• discover stunning canyons
• walk amongst the woods accompanied by the gentle murmur of water
admire the wooden sculptures displayed in the park

Mode of Travel: on foot
Difficulty: Easy, with short Moderate sections
Journey time: 2 hours
Difference in elevation: medium
Recommended Period: from April to October

How to get there

From the A4 motorway (Milan-Venice) take the ‘Brescia est ’ exit. Continue along the SS45bis towards Madonna di Campiglio through to the municipality of
Vestone. From Nozza, head towards Casto (6km). Travelling through the centre of Casto, follow signs for the ‘Ferrate’ routes and in the direction of Alone after a bridge you find the car park on the left with local information. The information point and the itinerary departure points can be found in the car park.

The route

Sport a Casto (2)Discovering the most spectacular and interesting natural areas of Valle Sabbia. The route unwinds over trails and bridle ways. From the information point in the car park, next to a wooden sculpture of a car, we follow the sign ‘Parco delle Fucine’. This route is marked by stripes of blue paint. We set out on a trail crossing bridges and gangways, always along the river side. On the way we find a ‘Pojat’ and a ‘Dolcetti’ lime kiln. The ‘Pojat’ is a charcoal kiln made by piling branches and small tree trunks, arranged in the shape of a dome with a hole in the centre, which acts as a chimney. It transforms wood into coal through a process of “distilling” the wood, which is deprived of contact with air. The lime kiln is an ancient oven which was used to create quick lime. It comprises a structure of heat resistant square stones.
After crossing another bridge, we find the remains of the ‘Furche’ forge, we cross a gorge to discover the ‘Tina de l’ora’, a machine that operated using the movement of air caused by the waterfall. The air produced was used to feed and strengthen the flame of the fires required for processing the metals. After this, we can visit the remains of the Boca forge and the Cereseol forge. Afterwards we join a paved road, at the end of the route dedicated to industrial archaeology.

DSC02172We then set off on the trail on the left towards Sapei, which winds through the woods. After a few hundred metres, we find ourselves near the road again. We take the bridle path the left and descend into a valley. Here we cross a stream and proceed uphill towards the ‘Paradiso’ mountain refuge (well signposted at every crossroads). Near the pass we are rewarded with a stunning view of Casto, Mura and Corna di Savallo. We then descend again into another small valley. After reaching the ‘Paradiso’ mountain refuge we continue along the stream towards Valle (from here on take care as the ground is slippery) until we get back on the trail. We pass a small gorge, and for a short while we have to walk over the stepping stones in the stream. We cross the beautiful gorges over a concrete gangway until we arrive alongside the stunning Pisot waterfall. We move on towards Valle to reach the lakes. After a short while we find ourselves back at the information point, and the car park.

Sport in ‘Parco delle Fucine’

Casto is a unique area: just imagine a group of valleysvboasting beautiful landscapes that hide stunning canyons. An extensive area with a variety of sports facilities, where you can discover forges used from the 1400s up until the last century and where wooden sculptures are on display.
The park is a huge leisure area. It has climbing walls, rockclimbing routes, Tibetan bridges (all difficult routes requiring equipment), zip lines and caves. One big open-air gym to train, a beautiful adventure park to have fun. For more information and hiring equipment, contact the information point.

Opening times and contact details

• ‘Parco delle Fucine’ information:
www.ferratecasto.it
www.comune.casto.bs.it.

• For more information about all the routes listed and to request a guide contact the information point tel. (+39)3208362239 (+39) 3928385677 or visit the websites listed above. The information point is open at the weekend from April until the end of September 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. and is open every day in August. Equipment is available to hire at the information point.

• Municipality of Casto: Piazza della Famiglia, 1, open
from Monday to Saturday 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
tel. (+39) 036588122.

Find out more

Free material on the proposed itineraries (more detailed maps of the routes and rock climbing) is available at the Town Hall and the information point. For more information about the history, local culture andthe territory, the following publications are recommended:

• Alberto Rizzi, Casto, Grafo,E 45 (available at the Town Hall)

• Mauro Abatti, Nasego natura cultura e sport in una terra da scoprire (Nasego nature culture and sport in a land to be explored),E 5 (available at the Town Hall or Info Point)