The road of the "Fasce" Mountain , between history and legend

Strada dei Mille Morti Val Lentro Case Becco Madonna del Bosco Vista da Apparizione Cartina della strada del Fasce click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures

The provincial road 67 (in red in the map) links the quarter of Apparizione, on the elevated outskirts of Genova, with the village of Uscio and the town of Recco, on the East Coast (“Riviera”). It is of one of the most panoramic and spectacular roads of the province and it has an essentially touristic interest, since the only inhabited nucleus along the whole run, Cornua Houses, was already reachable by another preexisting motor road from the town of Sori. Built at the end of the years ' 60, and strongly wanted by the Christian democratic senator Paolo Emilio Taviani, this road gained the nickname of "Tavianea".
The most ancient line of the run is steep and narrow; it rises from Apparizione to the convent of the Liberal and then climbs towards the slopes of the “Fasce" Mountain, the most important peak in the surroundings of Genova, a traditional destination of the Sunday trips of our grandfathers. From this tract, one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city, as from an airplane. Reached the saddle of the Fasce Mountain, whose peak is defaced unfortunately by an exorbitant number of spar and repeaters, the road becomes larger. It continues along the crest of the mountains for around 10 km, overlooking the sea on the South and, on the North, the narrow, but populated valley of the Lentro stream, with the fractions of Viganego, Terrusso and Cisiano. The Lentro valley ends against the slopes of the mountains “Cross of the Fò”, “Bado” and “Becco” and on a saddle where an ancient group of abandoned houses, Becco Houses, lies. This small fraction, where once a famous inn worked, it was a place of standstill in the move from the valleys of the hinterland toward the towns of the coast, but it was already abandoned in the first years ' 60 and partially restored only in recent times. These mountains were theater of many fights during the Napoleonic wars and the siege of Genova in 1800, as a headstone recently set in Cornua Houses remembers.