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581 (former no. 8A) Reggio - San Bernardino

On foot         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Religion Great Interest: Hystory 
  • Duration: 2 hour/s 30 minutes
  • Return time: 2 hour/s 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Level: EE - For expert hikers
  • Length: 4.633 km
  • Difference in height: 198m

Historical hill-side path known as "Strada comunale Reggio-San Bernardino". It follows the ancient way of the Sanctuaries and connects the Nostra Signora di Reggio Sanctuary with the Nostra Signora delle Grazie Sanctuary in San Bernardino. The path departs from the square of the Madonna di Reggio Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary, whose first origins date back to 1284, offers an equipped area in a panoramic viewpoint adorned with holm oaks, cedar trees and horse chestnut trees. Noteworthy is the presence in the square of a hundred-year-old cypress, which is considered as the most ancient in Liguria.
The votive image which originated the worship is kept within the building: the unusual effigy of the Virgin Mary with brown skin. For this reason, the icon is also commonly known as "L'africana" (The African).

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