Alta Val di Vara: the organic valley We suggest some ideas for those wishing to visit the Alta Val di Vara in case you are staying in Monterosso al Mare and have the pleasure to go in one of the most suggestive corners of the province of La Spezia. Starting from Monterosso with your own car and driving inland for an hour you arrive in the Alta Val di Vara. There are many reasons for a trip to the Alta Val di Vara, the green heart of the Cinque Terre. Over time this area has obtained the organic valley mark. The title was assigned following a policy of attention towards eco-sustainability and the typical product. Examples are the public lighting of the streets of Varese Ligure powered by wind energy, meat and dairy products certified with organic label, and vegetables and fruit at zero km. To visit the Borgo Rotondo of Varese Ligure, conceived in the Middle Ages as a defense system. The building plan is due to the Fieschi family who had their fiefdom in Varese. From the historic center of Varese Ligure you can proceed to the Cento Croci pass the so-called Napoleonic route, one of the many itineraries in the area. From here you can walk along the Altavia of the Ligurian Mountains (AV) up to the peak of Mount Gottero (1639 m). It is four and a half hours of walking to go and return to the pass of the Cappelletta where you can park your car. For the gourmets, the area is a paradise: lasagne with leeks sauce, tagliatelle with beans and zimino, cuculletti (potato croquettes) etc. Chestnut flour is very used to cook castagnaccio and tagliatelle.