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Ponds of the Cicala stream on the Historical Aqueduct


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As mentioned in this article, the Historical Aqueduct of Genoa is an ancient architectural structure located in the Val Bisagno, which has ensured the water supply of the city of Genoa and its port for centuries.

Today, we describe the itinerary that leads to admire the small lakes of the Cicala river.

The walk is really quick and easy, with minimal height difference.

Once you arrive at the small lakes, you can continue on the flat path until you find a diversion on the left that takes you back to Molassana, making a ring-route.

Alternatively, you can return to the outward path or continue the walk along the Historical Aqueduct.

Depending on the time you have available, the solutions are many.

How to get there

To get to the small lakes of the Cicala stream, take via Fossato di Cicala and leave your car in the large free car park on the right, immediately after the children’s playground.

If you arrive by bus (line 13, 14 or 48), you must get off in via Emilia.

Route of Ponds of the Cicala stream

If you are arriving by car, you will have to turn slightly back from the playground, and take Salita della Liggia.

Walk 200 metres uphill and, having passed a bench with a nice wooden puppet, turn left.

You have now arrived on the path that follows the Historical Aqueduct of Genoa.

Continue on the easy flat path which, in just under 800 metres, leads to a bridge.

Along the way, you will find a table where you can have a picnic, and admire the imposing Forte Diamante in front of you.

Once on the bridge, look down and you will be able to see the small lakes of the Cicala stream!

Start of the path
Ponds of the Cicala stream
Bench with wooden puppet
fort diamante
Forte Diamante standing imposingly in front
Bridge from which to admire the small lakes

There are no signs marking the location but you cannot miss them.

If you want to get even closer to the small lakes, you can take the little path to the right at the end of the bridge.

The water is emerald green and the place is almost untouched, despite being a very short distance from the city traffic!

For wading or bathing in the summertime, rock shoes might come in handy.

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Ponds of the Cicala stream

Part Two

Once you have admired the small lakes, you can decide whether to retrace your steps or continue a little further along the Acquedotto path.

The path to the small lakes, as you have seen, is really short, so we continued on for another kilometre or so.

Along the way, you cross several small bridges and a little house that looks like the one in Snow White and the 7 dwarfs!

Just after the little house, you will come to a diversion on the left, which is Salita ai Molini di Cicala, which we took.

In a few minutes’ descent, we arrived on Via Piacenza and at the car, thus completing a ring-route of about 3 kilometres in total (50 minutes’ walk).

If you have the time and inclination, you can continue along the Acquedotto path, which continues pleasantly on a flat and green path.

Ponds Cicala stream
Ascent to the Molini di Cicala

Ponds of Cicala stream: Advice with children

With the exception of the first uphill part, the path does not have any difference in altitude, so it can also be walked comfortably with untrained children.

The path, in this part of the Acquedotto, is unprotected, so if the child is small, it is preferable to hold his or her hand in some places.

Right at the start of the path, there is a small children’s park with a swing, slide and a drinking fountain.

Path without protection
Children’s playground

Continue reading:

1. Historical aqueduct and Sifone bridge over the Veilino river

2. Historical Aqueduct and the Sifone Bridge over the rio Geirato

3. The small lakes of Nervi

4. Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno

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