Article written by Aisha Lupi, Raisyte Rugile, Valentina Stach, Gaia Triminio, Annalisa Ottonello, Eleonora Sanguineti e Astrid Groppi – Inst. Firpo Buonarroti, III D, Genoa.
The Park of Antola is between the provinces of Genoa and Piacenza. This wonderful protected area in the middle of nature, between Alta Val Trebbia and Alta Valle Scrivia, offers tourists and families with children a lot of activities, expecially during spring.
The Park of Antola is famous for the colourful flowerings, in particular for the daffodils’ one, that bloom in the area of Pian della Cavalla between may and june, taking the hikers’ breath away.
Every year the Park organizes different excursions both for families with children and expert hikers, to appreciate this beautiful flowering valleys close up. And if you are lucky, you can also bump into the animals that live in the Park of Antola.
To reach Monte Antola, the higher peak of the Park, there are many paths: with children, we recommend you to start from Casa del Romano, that is about 1400 m above sea level and for this reason we suggest to bring with you a windcheater and to wear comfortable boots. In a sunny day add sunglasses and sun cream for your children to your backpack!
During your trip, follow the path indicated by signals to reach your destination. A few metres before arriving to the peak, there is a refuge where you can relax and taste typical products.
In addition to a variety of excursions in the mountains, in the Park of Antola there are cultural and historical traces of the populations who lived here. One of these is the Castello della Pietra (Castle of the Stone) in Val Vobbia, a really suggestive fortification that probably dates back to 1100 and is built between two spurs of rock. The Castello della Pietra is open every Sunday and public holiday, from Easter Monday to the end of October (from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.).
Near the Casa del Romano, there is the Regional Astronomical Observatory of the Park of Antola, that has been inaugurated in 2011 and today is run by Park authority together with Urania Association of Genoa. The Observatory is in a strategic point to observe the sky. In summer, in particular during the night of St. Lawrence, astronomers come to the Observatory and make themselves available for families and interested people.
You can get to the Park of Antola by train (with the Genoa-Arquata Scrivia line and with the Genoa-Casella railway), by bus (using ATP bus routes departing from Genoa) or by car.