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Saturday, April 12th:

 
Genova Brignole

 
Saturday, April 12th – It seems like those pesky guys of Trenitalia are back at it: on Sunday, April 13th, they announced a 24 hour train strike (starting from 9pm of Saturday).

While most IC trains will run (you can find a list of fast trains that are *not* running on: http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=35dba41845a45410VgnVCM1000008916f90aRCRD ), regional trains may strike. In order to avoid the nuisance of going to the station and reading the ominous “Cancellato” sign next to your train, shall we do the hike on Saturday?

Weatherwise, it should be a sunny day. As we’ll return to hiking&swimming along the sea very soon, I suggest having one more hike in the Genovese inland. More precisely, in the Creto area, which also goes by the name of “balcony over Genova”. This time, Mt Alpesisa will grant us the 360 degree views. We won’t have waterfalls, but one lake and 3 miraculous fountains (that are linked to the magical healing of a girl, hundreds of years ago) will provide us with the water element. Also, we’ll cross the old aqueduct, that brought water to Genova since Roman times.

Hike will start at Genova Brignole (or, actually, at S.Martino di Struppa, which we’ll reach by bus) and will end at 3 Fontane (near Montoggio; again, we’ll go back by bus). Trail should take around 3-3.5 hours and is rated as T/E (easy/medium).

Should the hike turn out to be longer than expected, there’s no need to panic, as we can head to Creto instead of 3 Fontane.

You may read more about the hike on:
- http://www.mappeliguria.com/mmoa_tav.php?tav=ge28 (the map, we’ll follow the “plus” signs)
-http://www.altaviadeimontiliguri.it/portale/en/raccordoview.wp?contentId=RAC215
(the hike)
- http://www.montoggioracconta.org/?Content=EnglishVersion (legend behind the 3 Fountains)

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How to get to Genova Brignole, and how to come back alive: on Saturday, April 12th, let’s meet at 11:00 am at the newsstand inside Genova Brignole railway station.

Recommended trains are:

- if you travel westwards

Reg 24552: Sestri Levante 09:38 – Genova Brignole 10:53
(if there’s people coming from La Spezia, with the La Spezia Centrale 10:17 train, let me know!)

- if you travel southwards:

REG 2181: Milano Centrale 07:25 Genova Brignole 09:23

OR

IC 1533: Milano Centrale 08:10 – Genova Brignole 09:53 (*)

You could also catch the 09:10 train from Milano Centrale, but that usually gets quickly sold out.

From Genova Brignole, buses to Prato (1,50 euro, AMT ticket) run every 15-20 minutes. There should be frequent connections also to S.Martino di Struppa (worst case, we can walk from Prato)

Return will be from Tre Fontane (1,50 euro, ATP ticket):

Tre Fontane 17:15 – Genova Brignole 18:10

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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! (+39 347 2288060)

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