Torre Vegliasco, Alassio
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Tower Vegliasco Trail
The trail begins in Via Michelangelo and you can get to it in little time from Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, by heading towards the mountain, alongside the Istituto Salesiano school on your left.
Once you have crossed the railway by footbridge, continue to climb the gentle slope up the tarmac road, and halfway up the slope, you will find a set of large, paved steps on your right, which rises fairly quickly amongst perimeter walls surrounding villas and gardens.
After approximately 300 metres, the trail reaches and crosses the Alassio-Testico country road. It then continues to climb for approximately 200 metres, up until reaching the picturesque, inhabited hamlet of Castè (Castle), its name indicating the likelihood of ancient feudal settlement having been located on the site.
The road becomes a tarmac road near to the church of Madonna delle Grazie and continues level for approximately another 50 metres, then climbs once more.
In the centre, four Carob trees are planted in a line; after you have passed them, the road branches off, just before an Enel pylon.
SAt the marker post, take the path heading left. About 30 metres on, the cement path ends and on the right a narrow dirt track climbs toward Regione Due Vie.
After a few metres, the path changes to cobblestones (average incline), climbing for approx. 400 metres to the Due Vie “saddle” or ridge below Vegliasco.
The cobblestone path opens out and, still climbing, passes by olive groves and derelict houses before coming to a large fig tree and the houses of Vegliasco.
The road, asphalt here, passes by villa “La Palazzina” and below Vegliasco castle, built around 1920 by baron Celesia. Carry on until you reach the road that links Moglio (left) with Vegliasco (right): after a few meters, on your right, is the large square of Vegliasco.
To reach Torre di Vegliasco (or Torre di Adelasia) cross the square, go past the castle and keep left, climbing a small hillock. After 300 metres the asphalt path ends.
Ahead is a cluster of houses, on the right a litte hill, with a path leading from the road into a clump of pine trees and, after approx. 200 metres, to Torre di Vegliasco where, legend has it, Adelasia, daughter of Emperor Ottone and after whom Alassio is named, took refuge.
The tower dates back to the 15th/16th century and was part of the defence system built by the Republic of Genoa.