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Sunday, December 21st, 2014:

 
Vernazza

 
After a few weeks of rain and train strikes, it looks like we might be lucky this weekend, both with the weather and with public transportation. Shall we keep up with the tradition of having our pre-Xmas hike in the Cinque Terre, so as to finish another year in front of the lit Xmas crib of Manarola?

Since they reopened the trail this year, I suggest hiking from Vernazza to Corniglia, so as to pass by the only Cinque Terre shrine we haven’t visited yet: Nostra Signora delle Grazie in S.Bernardino, which is also said to offer breathtaking views.

From there we can decide whether to head down to Corniglia (if we’re running out of time) and catch a 5 minute train to Manarola or (if we’re imbued with Indiana Jones spirit) pursue Manarola on foot. In the latter case, we could follow the trail that passes through Cigoletta and Volastra. From Volastra, we’ll take the alternative trail to Manarola, so as to walk straight across the lit Xmas crib: if our timing is good, we might make it there at dusk, just when they’re about to turn on the lights!

Hike from Vernazza to Manarola takes around 3,5 hours (3 according to trekkingitalia, 4 according to the Cinque Terre website), has 500 mt of elevation gain and is rated as E (medium).

For those who haven’t yet heard about the lit Xmas crib, Manarola is famous for 15.000 light bulbs, that every December are placed on a hill. They are part of a gigantic Nativity scene, that is laid every year on the hill of the Three Crosses, thanks to the outstanding efforts of now 86-year old Mario Andreoli.

You may read more about the trail on:
http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/sentieri_dett.asp?id_lingue=2&id_prodotto=12 (first part, in scary English)
http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/sentieri_dett.asp?id_lingue=2&id_prodotto=16 (second part, in English)

about the Xmas crib on:
http://www.costruttoridibabele.net/andreoli.html

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How to get to Vernazza and how to come back alive: let’s meet at the entrance of Vernazza station at 11:30 am.

Suggested trains are (on Sunday, December 21st):

## for those travelling eastwards ##

REG 2181
Genova Piazza Principe 09:12 (Genova Brignole 09:21) – Sestri Levante 10:30
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REG 24505
Sestri Levante 10:47 – Vernazza 11:20

## for those travelling westwards ##

REG 24490
La Spezia Centrale 11:10 – Vernazza 11:28

## for those travelling southwards ##

REG 2181
Milano Centrale 07:25 (Milano Lambrate 07:32) – Sestri Levante 10:30
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REG 24505
Sestri Levante 10:47 – Vernazza 11:20

As for the return ticket, we could go back from Manarola around 5:30-6:00pm.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (+39 329 7203364)

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014:

 
Rapallo

 
The days may be getting shorter (and wetter), darkness may creep in early, but there’s always some light to be found, for those who go seeking it. This Saturday let’s hike for the light in Rapallo, by walking to the curiously named Mt.Manico del Lume.

Why would a mountain be called “handle of light” goes beyond me. What is certain is that it’s the most panoramic one in all the Tigullio region, as it rises 802 metres above the sea, making it the tallest mountain. The hike is not easy, which is why I haven’t suggested it yet. On the other hand, after hiking to Mt Pegge one year ago, I think it’s not so complicated either, if we reach it by walking westwards.

We could take the cable car to Montallegro and, from the shrine, begin a 2 hour walk along the ridge, which will take us first to Mt Pegge and then to the peak of Mt Manico del Lume. Hike is rated as “E” (medium), is super-panoramic and features 300 metres of elevation gain.

Once we reach the peak, we’ll have the dilemma of how to return to Rapallo: we can either choose to head back to Mt Pegge and walk down to Rapallo (hike would be “T/E”, easy/medium) or move on to Chignero and walk down from there. The problem of the second solution is that it’s rated “EE” (hard), as it features some chains.
We can decide once we’re at the top. Needless to say, should we go for #2, hiking shoes are recommended.

Among other highlights of the hike: the Montallegro shrine, which features a Byzantine portrait (that the Virgin Mary herself supposedly gave to a peasant on July 2nd 1557) and a crocodile hanging from the ceiling of a room; an Alpine shelter on Mt Pegge.

As for the cable car, depending on how many we are, it will cost either 4,50 or 5,50 euro.

Return will be from Rapallo, probably around 6-7 pm.

You may read more about the hike on:

- http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/lang-en/trekking-da-rapallo/80-montallegro-monte-pegge-manico-del-lume-caravaggio-san-pietro.html (in scary English; we’ll actually either go down from Mt Pegge or from Chignero, which is why hike should take around 4 hours)
http://www.genova.dlf.it/old/escursionisti/SCHEDE/Manicolume2008.htm (in Italian; again, we’ll cut all the second part)
http://www.mappeliguria.com/mmoa_tav.php?tav=ge42 (map)

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How to get to Rapallo, and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at the entrance of Rapallo train station at 10:58 am (on Saturday, November 22nd)

Suggested trains are:

* for those travelling eastwards *

IC 1533 (*)
Genova Piazza Principe 09:47 (Genova Brignole 09:58 )
Rapallo 10:25

OR

Regionale 24535
Genova Piazza Principe 10:04 (Genova Brignole 10:13)
Rapallo 10:58

* for those travelling westwards *

Regionale 2296
La Spezia Centrale 09:48
Rapallo 10:49

* for those travelling southwards *

IC 1533 (*)
Milano Centrale 08:10 (Genova Piazza Principe 09:47)
Rapallo 10:25

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(*) For those who are catching IC trains:

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1″ special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Friday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price. The only catch of the offer: if you buy this special ticket online, Trenitalia requires you to specify names of both passengers. If your travel buddy betrays you, the fine is half the price you paid + 8 euros. Inspectors rarely check for ID, but they may get suspicious, if the ticket says “Alice and Bob” and there are 2 guys or 2 girls.

On the other hand, if you buy the “2×1″ ticket” at a “Fast Ticket” machine at a train station, you won’t need to punch in any names, which makes it easier to find another travel buddy, if your former trip companion betrays you.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (+39 329 7203364)

Next hike – Magic views over the Ligurian sea: mount Reixa

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hi all!

After so many days of rain, we will finally enjoy a sunny Saturday!
So, what about reaching the summit of mount Reixa (pronounced “Reisha”) from which you can enjoy one of the most spectacular view of Genova and the entire Ligurian gulf?

The path is quite easy, but the elevation gain is 1100 metres, slightly demanding, but feasible. Anyway the view from up there (1183 m) will repay all the effort! :-)

Estimated duration of the hike is 6 hours.

Watch out: due to the possible wind, perceived temperature along the path might be low, so bring with you also warm items of clothing, including gloves and a hat.

Remember also to bring food and water with you.

Meeting point: Arenzano train station, 10:30 a.m.

Train from Genova: R 24546, stops:

Genova Brignole 9:45
Genova Principe 9:53
Sampierdarena 10:00
Genova Pegli 10:12
Arenzano 10:26

PS I will get on the train in Sampierdarena. As usual, try to find a place in the front car of the train.

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Saturday, November 1st, 2014:

Framura

Is it possible to swim in November? I’m not completely sure… but shall we find out this Saturday? Before returning to hike in the Ligurian inland, let’s have one more hike along the sea.

Since we’ll want to be lured to swim and since it’s the Halloween weekend, I suggest going to the place that in the past tricked and enchanted us the most: Framura. It tricked us, because we got lost several times, while looking for the way to Vigo and S.Agata (in fact, we still don’t know where they are!). And yet, it enchanted us with beautiful buildings and mysterious passageways, which make Framura one of the most magical places in Liguria.

The idea is to hike from coast to Costa (i.e. the 4th of five villages that make up Framura), then reach Castagnola by taking one of 3 possible trails that cross the woods. One takes us to Vigo, a place that was inhabited since prehistoric times, one takes us to Acquafredda (whose name probably well befits the current water temperature), the third takes us all the way up to Mt S.Agata (which allegedly is the most panoramic spot in Framura). All 3 trails are rated as T/E (easy/medium).

We’ll probably do the loop by taking the first 2 trails (unless we get tempted by S.Agata)

Total hiking time is around 3 hours (4 hours with S.Agata), vertical gain is around 400 metres (or 670 if we take the trail to Mt S.Agata).

By 4 or 5pm we’ll likely be back in Framura, where it might be feasible to have a quick swim in the sea, either at Torsei beach or at the lava stone beach of Porto Pidocchio.

Last but not least: please remember that Framura has (almost) no restaurants and no bars, so make sure you bring food with you!

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How to get to Framura, and how to come back alive:

On Saturday, November 1st, let’s meet at Framura train station at 11:00 am.

Recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards

REG 2181: Genova Piazza Principe 09:13 (Genova Brignole 09:22) Sestri Levante 10:30
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REG 24505: Sestri Levante 10:35 Framura 10:51

There’s just 5 minutes for changing train but (if I remember correctly) one train waits for the other one (or maybe it’s even the same train, that only changes number at Sestri Levante)

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* if you travel westwards

REG 24488: La Spezia Centrale 10:06 Framura 10:42

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* if you travel southwards:

Take regional 2181 from Milano.

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Return will be from Framura station, around 6pm.

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(*) For those who are catching IC trains:

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1″ special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Friday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price. The only catch of the offer: if you buy this special ticket online, Trenitalia requires you to specify names of both passengers. If your travel buddy betrays you, the fine is half the price you paid + 8 euros. Inspectors rarely check for ID, but they may get suspicious, if the ticket says “Alice and Bob” and there are 2 guys or 2 girls.

On the other hand, if you buy the “2×1″ ticket” at a “Fast Ticket” machine at a train station, you won’t need to punch in any names, which makes it easier to find another travel buddy, if your former trip companion betrays you.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (for example, at +39 329 7203364)