Plenty of places to eat and stay over
This is what awaits you on Monte Saccarello (2200 metres a.s.l). But first you need to get to the top. There are several ways to get there. The most challenging is of course on foot or on bicycle, either from Upega following the road or from Verdeggia following a simple path to the top, though the latter is better done on foot. On foot from Verdeggia calculate at least 3 hours and remember always to ask local people advice about the current situation and possible paths and roads.
A more convenient way to get to the top is by car. This year, in 2018, the road from Upega was quite good and many people took the opportunity to be on Monte Saccarello on August 5th, where a little celebration is held. The celebration remembered the construction of Christ the Redeemer on top of the mountain some 120 years ago.
Now-a-days the celebration is transmitted directly to Verdeggia via a sat link. Very modern indeed, but many, especially older people, prefer to stay in the villages an not to do the climb to the top.
Arriving in August will give you a benefit if you like villages festivals. Verdeggia for instance host several village festivals in July and August, and so does nearby Realdo.
The Monte Saccarello is borderland between France and Italy, and the area is widely called Terra Brigasca, which refers to many different things including cheep of a certain breed and cheese, which you must not forget to taste once arrived in Verdeggia or Upega.
The villages scattered around the Monte Saccarello include Realdo, Verdeggia, Triora, Monesi, Piaggia, Briga Alta, La Brigue and Upega. Most of the villages have B&B’s or small hotels. To get an idea of the area, please consult the internet site http://5valli.com.
The nearest airport is Nice and you should be able to make the journey in two hours by car from Nice Airport to Verdeggia.
A car is probably a must but, trains run to Sanremo and the bus will take you as far as Triora.