Ciminna, Ventimiglia di Sicilia e Baucina
The path, which has a “figure 8” route with a starting point and arrival at the center of Ciminna, about 650 meters high, reconnects the village to two nearby hilltowns of Ventimiglia and Baucina. Short, but rewarding, it has a change in elevation of almost 600 m with an average slope close to 6%; therefore it requires some physical effort and mainly follows along low or no traffic roads, mostly paved, except the only stretch along the Regia Trazzera 530 with dirt surface.
The route has natural attraction for the many tracts with panoramic views of the river valleys surrounding the three municipalities, of olive groves and of the mountain ranges of the Serra di Capezzana and of Ciminna and Pizzo di Trigna, the impressive mountain buttresses characterized by nearly vertical rocky outcrops. From the historical and cultural point of view, the itinerary connects the village of Ciminna, with foundations from the Norman era in the most ancient buildings, with the two villages of Baucina and Ventimiglia, which, with their regular layouts, are
examples of urban settlement projects of a feudal character of the period between the 16th and 17th centuries.
From Ciminna the route follows Corso Umberto I down to the intersection with the SP33 which, bending westwards, leads up and down to Trivio Balatelle, where you head east up to the village of Ventimiglia (540 m). Continuing the ascent to the north-west to the Portella of Ventimiglia pass (672 m), at the foot of the Pizzo di Trigna, the trail begins to descend in the middle of a forest along the Regia Trazzera 530 road to the village of Baucina and from here along the SP6, continues down southwards to Trivio Balatelle; here, taking the SP33 up to the intersection with a secondary road, the route goes back to Ciminna.