Saturday, November 22nd, 2014:
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)
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 )
Genova Piazza Principe 10:04 (Genova Brignole 10:13)
* for those travelling westwards *
La Spezia Centrale 09:48
* for those travelling southwards *
IC 1533 (*)
Milano Centrale 08:10 (Genova Piazza Principe 09:47)
(*) 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.
As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (+39 329 7203364)