Finalborgo - Purchin Route - Summit Cross

Itinerary Data

Difficulty Average
Length 7,5 Km
Duration 3,5 h
Elevation Gain  459,3 m
Altitude Difference    390 m


Short description of Itinerary

Path of low difficulty but characterized by a considerable difference in height. In fact, it climbs up to the top of the Rocca di Perti, point of arrival of many historic routes of the Finalese climbing area.In the initial part of the route you walk along the "Strada Berretta" and meet the two main Castles of the Finalese (Castel San Giovanni and Castel Gavone), while in the last stretch the Renaissance Church of Nostra Signora di Loreto better known as the Church of the Cinque Campanili is also worth a visit.Enchanting is the view from the Summit Cross (390 m) where you can leave your signature in a little booklet placed at the foot of the cross.The name "Purchin" comes from the Porcellino di Terra, a small crustacean (Armadillium vulgare) rolling up on itself if disturbed or threatened. The name of this itinerary, however, is a tribute to "The Purchins", the so-called first climbers of the Finale, when Free-Climbing at Finale was still far from becoming the mass phenomenon that it is today.



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Meeting Point

Finalborgo -  Porta Testa square


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