Penice, Val Trebbia and Brallo

Tour that we can define as mountain, since it includes two climbs each more than 15 km long. Length about 120 km, difference in height about 1800 meters, estimated time over 5 hours. It runs through the entire Staffora Valley up to Varzi where the first bump of the day begins, the climb to Passo Penice. This climb is one of the real ones, on this side of Varzi, if desired there are some variations that always lead to the summit, but we take into consideration the classic route that follows the Statale del Penice. This climb can be divided into 2 sectors: The first from Varzi to the crossroads for Menconico, difficult at the beginning but which flattens out after a few km; the second reaches the Penice pass, more difficult than the previous one but with a slight slope at the end.

The climb begins on a very wide state road with good asphalt. The slopes are consistent and the road is always in the sun, but after a few km it begins to become less steep and when the various hamlets begin it is slightly flat. After the crossroads with Menconico, the road begins to climb sharply again, but the carriageway narrows a little and from this point there will be numerous sections in the shade of a luxuriant forest. The asphalt is good and regular, even if a little rough, which doesn't help. Extreme slopes are not seen, but it is quite regular and it is better not to overdo it. Reached the Pass, we are in the Emilia-Romagna province of Piacenza, a long descent awaits us to Bobbio, a pleasant town in the Piacenza area.

From here we go up the beautiful Trebbia Valley up to Ponte Organasco. It is almost impossible to describe the beauty of this valley and the Trebbia river that runs through it. It is necessary to visit it. From Ponte Organasco we take the direction towards the Brallo Pass. Another climb of about 15 km, not with prohibitive slopes. At the Brallo pass you go off and along a pleasant descent you return to Varzi and then go through the initial part of our tour in the opposite direction. Points of Interest, Varzi, Passo del Penice and its Sanctuary, Bobbio, Corte Brugnatella, Passo del Brallo.

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