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Via Alpina: Limonetto to Castérino

Riserva Bianca – Limone Piemonte

Day 2 of the 7 day Via Alpina Red itinerary from the italian Alps down to Monaco.

Also in Alpes-Maritimes, France

Hiking Moderate

16 km
849 m
596 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2 km
Via Alpina: Limonetto to Castérino Map

Following the Via Alpina Red Trail, you begin with a gentle incline up the Rio Prati della Chiesa River Valley. The trail then suddenly becomes a lot steeper as it climbs through woodland and up across scree slopes. Make sure to watch your footing on the sliding rocks, as this section can be quite a scramble! The trail eventually reaches the Baisse de Salente Pass. Look out for Fort de Giaure, an old Italian military base right on the French border. Cross over into France and begin to descend, now passing relics of French military history, including several bunkers and the old Perfique Barracks before arriving at the small hamlet of Casterino, where you can spend the night at a small family-run inn, the Gite Santa Maria Maddalena. This section of the route follows the Via Alpina Red section 148 in reverse, for more details go to: http://www.via-alpina.org/en/stage/328




Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between March and October


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque

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