Blue Path – Curiosity

The Bombarda: a characteristic rock known as the “Bombarda” due to the presence of a rift in the rock similar to the shape of a cannon, from which, in the event of a stormy sea, a jet of water is literally “fired” as if was a cannon, visible from the road, before the tunnel with traffic lights, next to the house on the cliff called “casello”. Obviously you can witness this beautiful phenomenon of nature, with due caution and attention to traffic, only when the sea is particularly rough.

In the historical center of Deiva Marina, past the arch of the “Beghetto”, you get to the passage called “Vico del Fico or delle Pozze”, which involves a part perhaps less known to tourists of the ancient village of Deiva Marina, presenting a series narrow alleys, partially turned, suitable for the transit of one person at a time due to the reduced width, connecting a series of houses close to the parallel Via Gramsci. The ancient events linked to this path tell of a route, known mainly to the inhabitants only, which allowed in case of attack by the pirates or others, to find escape and refuge fleeing the nearby tower without being discovered. For this reason, in the course of the last conflict, the same path has been used several times by the deivesi partisans during the raids carried out by the nazi-fascists, as an escape route.

The rock gym of the “Rocca di Pria Zinara”, known to lovers of sporting practice as “The Sphinx” “, for the characteristic and curious profile that distinguishes the rocky structure, made of very hard jasper, is located in the camping area, in Loc. Gea, more precisely near the one called “The Sphinx”. It is easily reachable from Deiva Marina by foot, by bus or by car, by parking, if by car, in the dirt parking adjacent to the road. Continue on foot along the mule track to Piazza, in the direction of the rocky structure that can be seen in the distance, arrived at a small source, go down the path through the underlying river and a wooden bridge (pay attention because in precarious conditions), after a short uphill stretch, you reach the walls (7 with around the car). In summer, the camping area is also served by a convenient free shuttle bus to and from the Deiva Marina FF.SS. For some time now, the crag has been equipped with expert enthusiasts to practice sport climbing, offering in a few meters all the climbing styles: from the adherence plate, to the vertical wall, to the overhang. The itineraries available, marked in the specialized maps with the names of the seven dwarfs, are about thirty, all with close “nailing” and therefore ideal for those who want to approach this fascinating sport, with difficulties that experts define from the fourth to the 7b +. The “Sphinx” rock gym, obviously if experts in the sporting discipline, offers all the exhibits: from the north-east to the south-west, thus giving the possibility of being able to attend it in all seasons.

Better known by the locals as “Tanna dell’Oca”, the Goose Cave is a natural cavity, positioned at an altitude of about 125 meters. above sea level, with a positive difference in height between the entrance elevation and the highest point of the cavity of 5, predominantly ascending. The geographical coordinates are Latitude 4898359 and Longitude 1544026, was discovered and surveyed by speleologists in 1979 to n. 1039 from the Ligurian Speleological Cadastre, but it has always been known to the inhabitants of the place, who especially frequented it for a restorative bath, as an alternative to that of the sea. It is located in the locality of Gea and can be reached from Deiva Marina by car, vehicle and then on foot, paying close attention, because after the first part of the trail, the trail, no longer maintained, is suitable only for expert walkers, presenting numerous dangerous and infrascato traits with exposed passages and crossing of the stream, with a very high degree of difficulty. The precise point can be reached on foot using the coordinates, skirting the stream after leaving the provincial road that goes up to Piazza, stopping at the La Sfinge campsite. The cave, which has an interesting naturalistic habitat with flora and fauna of valley environment and crystalline formations, is also the subject of a curious legend that tells that inside it, rich in reflective quartz the light from the walls, you create a curious multi-colored gloss effect, similar to that of a fairy castle. The story explains how the lady of a castle not far away, probably the one present in Passano, forced to live there imprisoned between the crystals, ask for help indicating to the rescuers the place of imprisonment. The place is called “Tanna dell’Oca” by the inhabitants of the place because it seems that from above there is a sound similar to the verse produced by the goose, and the legend wants it to be the voice of poor Castellana with her shouting circles of attract the attention of someone who can finally come to free her, putting an end to her pains.

The air-raid shelter of Caraschi can be reached by car or bus with the provincial road to Piazza, then descending towards the village of Caraschi, crossing the small cluster of houses with a small bridge on the stream, from there, on the left, are still visible today the remains of an anti-aircraft shelter of the last world war, intended, sheltered from the population during the air raids with bombings on Deiva Marina, which due to the presence of the railway bridge and deposits of fuel oil, were altogether 45. The shelter is usable only in the first part, as it collapsed in the remaining part.

It is a marble plaque of 44 x 120 x 15 considered by scholars as the oldest local witness of the evangelization of the rural territory of the Ligurian Levant, aimed at imposing the observance of the sanctification of the seventh day and inculcating the respect of God, in mind still pervaded by pagan rituals and beliefs. Subject of always important studies, contains several inscriptions, the first referred to the date of May 20, dedication of a church to the Savior and various saints: St. Michael, St. Martin, St. George and in the inscription following the dedication, after a line of separation, a text for epigraphic characters used probably dating back to the seventh and eighth centuries AD, obtained by copying a known text of the Apocryphal Testaments: the famous letter of Our Lord Jesus Christ fallen from heaven (Epistola Domini Nostri), often mentioned in ancient sources, but usually reproduced only on parchment. The inscription of the text on stone represents a singularity, for this reason the find is the oldest copy that is known of the Letter, whose original text would date back to the 6th century AD. The aim was to instill the fear of God in how many, keeping residual of paganism, did not sanctify the Sunday going to Mass, continuing to work in the fields. In the content we read that the non-observance of the prescription to respect the Sunday and holidays established by the Church, after recalling what the Lord has granted in benefits to human beings, would have caused a series of evils and calamities: terrible diseases, hunger, blindness and invasion of locusts and other punishments, considered as “just punishment”. The attribution of the epigraph to the monks of San Colombano is based not only in the vicinity of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Brugnato, where the church is dedicated to San Colombano, and its location in the vast territory falling into the Alpe Adra, confirmed land to the monastery of Bobbio by Charlemagne in 774, but also in the combination of the names of the three saints: Michele, dear to the Lombards, Martino and Giorgio of Byzantine origin as tangible proof of the overcoming, carried out with the pastoral action of the monks, of religious contrasts and doctrine between Aryans and Catholics. A curious legend linked to this area, tells of a stone slab, located near the church, with the footprints of the witches because placed in a place where they went to dance on the Sabbath, tradition has it that if they were surprised by the light of dawn they had to dance so much until they died, and if by chance they invoked the help of Our Lady, venerated in the nearby sanctuary, repenting of their dissolute life, they would have been immediately transformed into flying ants.

In Passano, reachable from Deiva Marina, by car or bus, the historical memory or legend that is, has handed down two stories that speak respectively of the existence of a secret passage that in ancient times in the case of sieges, linked as a way out the castle of the Da Passano, to the place where the toponym “Arca Pascianna” or “Arca Passana” is still present today, and the presence of a ghost that, from the cistern, dried up and still visible today inside the ruins of the castle all those who passed close to its mouth, pulling them in and making them disappear into the water, with all probability of treating a story done by the elderly to children, to avoid that playing near the deep cistern could end up inside. Also here we must pay attention to the path leading from the village to the castle, not in good condition and suitable for habitual walkers equipped with suitable footwear, presenting numerous infrascato traits, for security reasons it is advised not to enter the castle ruins and oratory.

The village

Deiva Marina is one of the best equipped villages of the wild coast of La Spezia. The hotels and the bathing establishments, which offer hospitality and life by night, are the background of the beautiful sandy beach.
For those who prefer outdoor holidays in Deiva there are villages and campsites. Here the holiday rhymes especially with the sea, clear and ideal for those who want a tan in relaxation and a swim without problems.
Offshore pristine and populous backdrops satisfy divers with interesting dives. Deiva offers many corners with cliffs and beaches almost “wild”, considered ideal for those who love fishing from the shore and wants to do two “launches” in fluency.

The ancient village is characterized by the narrow alleys and the pastel colored houses typical of Ligurian architecture. The church of Sant’Antonio Abate is the heart of the historic center and the natural architectural contraltare of the quadrangular tower in front of it, element of the defensive system of the territory. Among the villages that dot the hills is Passano with the castle that dominates the Valdeiva. You can take pleasant walks through the paths of an inland. For those who choose the summer, every evening in July and August, Deiva offers an appointment and an opportunity to make new meetings. In restaurants, fish reigns supreme with some goodies like fish ravioli and Ligurian fish.


COURSE: On foot or by bus or own transport
DIFFICULTY: Described in the various stops
TOTAL DURATION: to be carried out over several days


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