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The village of Senarega

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Senarega is a small village in Valbrevenna that is now almost completely uninhabited.

Although tiny, it is really very pretty and we highly recommend a visit to get to know the village itself but also to keep alive our hinterland, which is increasingly forgotten.

Liguria, in fact, is not just the Riviera. All you need is the desire and curiosity to go a little further afield, and you will find many jewels just waiting to be discovered.

How to get there

From Genoa, take the A7 motorway, exiting at the Busalla toll booth.

From here take the SP226, pass Casella and, once in Avosso, take the SP11 up the Valbrevenna.

In about an hour from the start, you will finally reach the village of Senarega.

The village of Senarega: what to see

Senarega is a medieval village located at an altitude of 715 metres.

It takes its name from the lords who ruled it until the 13th century, the noble Senarega family.

The village is accessed via the old stone bridge that leads to the chapel of Nostra Signora delle Grazie.

From here, a paved road ascends along the houses of the village to arrive, shortly afterwards, at the Parish Church of the Assunta and the adjacent Ethnological Museum.

Continue slightly uphill along an alley where, throughout the summer and on winter weekends, you will find an exhibition of paintings by an artist who lived in the village and to whom it is still very attached.

A few more steps and you reach the Oratory , which is currently used as an exhibition hall, and finally the medieval castle at the top of the village.

Just before reaching the castle, there is a picnic table and a children’s swing hanging from an imposing chestnut tree.

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The village of Senarega
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Senarega Castle

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The castle, named Senarega-Fieschi because of the two main families that ruled the village, never had a defensive function but was used as a residential residence for the various lordships.

Although it was never used for war purposes, inside there was a torture room with a trapdoor in the floor that concealed iron blades.

The condemned were supposedly dropped on the blades and ended up decapitated to death.

The Senarega castle has been renovated by the Ente Parco Antola and converted into an excursion hut with six rooms and a kitchen, but is unfortunately not usable at the moment.

From the castle, take the path that descends and rejoins the starting path shortly afterwards.

The visit to the hamlet of Senarega ends here, but for those who love trekking, we recommend an interesting nature trail that leads to a closer look at the past of this small but pretty village.

In addition, other small villages and sanctuaries can be visited in its surroundings.

The village of Senarega: trekking

Senarega Ring

The Senarega loop is an 8-kilometre-long itinerary that starts from the hamlet of Senarega and climbs up to Casoni, at an altitude of 1190 metres, before descending to Chiappa and returning to Senarega in an estimated time of 4 hours.

Along the route, you can see evidence of rural activity in the past such as peasant houses, the remains of barns and stables.

The signpost to follow is the solid yellow circle, which then becomes a yellow cross.

This is a very varied and quite demanding trek as it has an altitude difference of 475 metres.

We recommend a sack lunch because there are no refreshment points inside the village of Senarega.

The village of Senarega: nearby

Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Acqua

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The village of Senarega

The Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Acqua located in the hamlet of Molino Vecchio, along the road leading to Senarega, is very suggestive.

The foundation of the Sanctuary dates back to 1584, when the Valbrevenna was torn apart by the plague.

Following the contagion, a shepherdess from the area heard a gentle voice suggesting she go to the banks of the Brevenna torrent, where there was a spring of salubrious water.

The girl did so and was cured of her illness.

Following this miracle, a small chapel was built on the site of the apparition and, in 1744, the shrine that stands today.

In 1909, apilgrims’ hospice was also built next to the shrine.

The festival in celebration of the Madonna, who has become the patron saint of the entire valley, takes place on the second Sunday in July.

Mareta

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Just halfway between the sanctuary and Senarega, you will find on the left the junction for Mareta, a village even smaller than the previous one but with a beautiful frescoed chapel.

Climbing up theonly road in the village, which winds its way past old houses, fountains and many, many cats, you will finally reach the small church and chapel of St James, built in 1573.

Right here, in the barrel vault, there are remarkable fresco cycles dating from 1576 that are worth the small diversions.

Continue reading:

1. Excursion to Monte Antola

2. Lake Brugneto

3. Pentema Ring

4. The Trebbia Valley

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