“La strada delle streghe” path
In Balbido, take the road that goes towards val Marcia as far as Le Crosswhere you will find an open space and the sign indicating the start of the walk.
A little above the painted village of Balbido where the houses are decorated with muralpaintings that represent ancient crafts, traditions and legends, there’s the hamlet of le Cross, the starting point of the path. Here, in 1656, five iron crosses were erected to keepaway the witches that it is said pestered the farmers that went to val Marcia to collect woodand hay. The crosses are positioned in the wood to form one large cross and some ofthem are visible from the path. The route enters the wood along a gravel path on which, insome points, there’s a beautiful view of the valley. You arrive at Rango, a hamlet that is amember of the National Club of the “Most Beautiful Hamlets in Italy” as its houses stillhave the typical rural architecture of the valley. After visiting the hamlet, you can return tothe path that passes parallel to the one followed on the outward journey but lower downwhere you can notice dry stone walls, skilfully built in the past using stones found locally.The path is bordered by walnut trees, which at one time formed part of the densewoodland and whose fruit was a source of income for the local farmers, while today theyare a “typical” product of the area.