Walk : A hike with quite a large elevation gain for hikers with some experience. Maximum altitude 350m, elevation gain 340m.
History : This fortified house on the site of the old village called Frassu, where there were 30 houses and a communal oven, was destroyed by the Turkish pirates in 1594. The house originally used to have at least three storeys. The fortified house is made of large stones cut in granite, some sculpted into sharp points.
Itinerary : For the Frassu tower or the Mare e Monti Sud the starting point is the same. At the roundabout just in front of the tourist office in Porticcio go straight over in the direction of the college and at the next roundabout follow the signs to Terra Bella. Follow the road which starts to climb past the houses until you reach the cemetery, you will see where the trail for the hike starts at the angle where the cemetery meets the scrubland (there are orange markers to follow every 50 to 100m). Keep an eye on the markers because there are lots of different paths in this area and also keep an eye out for hunters looking for local wild boar and people out on quad bikes. After a short climb and a short descent you get to the stream Frassu (which is often dried up in summer). Here you start your climb towards an area called « Liscinosa » which is at an altitude of 240m. Follow the path along the dry stone wall and then turn off the path to the right and about 10m away up the slope you will see the Frassu fortified tower, altitude 350m. The tower is on private land so you will have to admire it from the path just below.
Please note that this hike is intended for people in good physical condition and properly equipped for walking. A part of the walk is in full sun so you should take sun protection.
Medium difficulty walk – 2h15 roundtrip