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Sunday, 15th October

S.Margherita Ligure

It may be October, but it (almost) feels like summer: given that the forecast predicts sunshine and the sea temperature is estimated to be 21 degrees, shall we have one more hike&swim along the coast, before returning to the inland next time?

The idea is to explore Portofino Park and walk to the only bay that we’ve never seen: Punta del Giasso. In order to get there, we’ll hike from S.Margherita Ligure to Olmi, as described on http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/it/da-nozarego/31-nozarego-crocetta-casone-vessinaro-olmi-nozarego.html: it’s relaxing, panoramic and yet offers a lot of variety, from olive groves to pine trees and chestnuts woods. If we have enough time, we’ll take the upper part of the trail (via Monte Croce and Crocetta: I believe we’ve never tried it), otherwise (if there are train delays or other problems) we’ll take the classical lower path.

Once we’re in Olmi, we can make our way to Punta del Giasso: if the hiking party feels like it, by following the indications on http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/it/mappa-sentieri/19-portofino-punta-del-giasso.html we’ll take the detour to Cappelletta and down to the Giasso headland. One word of warning: the detour is labelled as “EE” (i.e. for “expert excursionists”). While it should be nothing dramatic (the first half is even considered as medium), some extra care needs to be taken in the last part of the trail. Needless to say, since this is a detour, we can also happily skip Punta del Giasso and walk along the main path.

Overall, hike takes around 3,5 hours (bonus hike included), has 400 mt of vertical gain and is rated as T/E (easy/medium), except for the bonus hike (which is EE)

Assuming that we don’t swim at Punta del Giasso, we could have a dive in the turquoise bay of Paraggi (which will probably be empty, at this time of the year) before heading back home.

Return will be from S.Margherita Ligure, around 6pm (we can also get there by catching a bus from Paraggi)

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How to get to S.Margherita Ligure, and how to come back alive:

On Sunday, 15th October, let’s meet at 11:04 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure/Portofino railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone).

Suggested trains are

– if you travel eastwards

REG 24529: Genova Piazza Principe 10:10 (Genova Brignole 10:20) S.Margherita Ligure 11:04

– if you travel westwards

REG 11368: La Spezia Centrale 09:50 – S. Margherita Ligure 10:45

– if you travel southwards:

IC 35833: Milano Centrale 08:10 – S. Margherita Ligure 10:14 (*)

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(*) For those who are catching IC trains:

If you have 2 travel buddies, there’s the Special 3×2 offer, provided you buy the ticket before 23:59 of Friday.
Also, if you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you should be eligible to a 30% discount, if you catch the IC train and registered to the (free) Cartafreccia program. In case you haven’t registered yet, send me a message and I can send you an invitation (of course, you can also register on your own… but an invitation would grant us both a 10 euro voucher

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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, 30th September 2017

Levanto

Summer may have waved goodbye but, as the sea is still swimmable, shall we remain on the coast and have one last hike&swim? So far, the weather forecast seems favourable, the sea will be much quieter than 2 weeks ago, plus there will even be the Madonna del Rosario festival, taking place in Bonassola. The festival ( http://www.infobonassola.com ) is a visual treat, since it involves candles on the sea and a firework show, and usually is not so crowded, so it should be possible to comfortably watch it from the beach.

The idea is to meetup, shortly after 11am, at the train station of Levanto: from there we’ll take the panoramic path to Bonassola, via Scernio. From the church of San Giorgio, we’ll head north to the hamlet of Reggimonti, whose we’ll find an old church containing the Madonna del Rosario, that the festival pays tribute to.
We’ll then head south to Bonassola, via the Hop of the Hare lookout point. Should we have time, we can also take the small detour to the green/red beach of Sca, so as to improve the swimming experience.

Total hiking time is approx 3,5 hours (plus half an hour, if we head down to Sca), vertical gain is around 300 metres, trail is rated as T/E (although the descent to Sca is E/EE as it’s steep and even features a rope. However, it’s not dangerous at all).

By 5-6pm we’ll likely be in Bonassola, in time for the festival ( http://www.mentelocale.it/la-spezia/eventi/57908-festa-della-madonna-del-rosario-di-bonassola.htm )

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

On Saturday, 30th September, let’s meet at Levanto train station at 11:14 am.

Recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards

REG 2181: Genova Piazza Principe 09:11 (Genova Brignole 09:20) Sestri Levante 10:28
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REG 24459: Sestri Levante 10:41 Levanto 11:14

or

IC 35833 (***) (**): Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 9:56) Levanto 10:58

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* if you travel westwards

REG 24452: La Spezia Centrale 10:15 Levanto 10:44

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* if you travel southwards:

IC 35833 (***) (**) 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:58 Levanto

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Return will be from Bonassola station, at 11:45pm if you intend to
watch the firework show. Otherwise, 5 or 6pm.

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For those who are catching IC trains:
(***) both on Saturday and on Sunday, there will be the Special 2×1 offer, provided you buy the ticket two days in advance, before 23:59

(**) If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you should be eligible to have a 30% discount, if you catch the IC train and registered to the (free) Cartafreccia program. In case you haven’t registered yet, send me a message and I can send you an invitation (of course, you can also
register on your own… but an invitation would grant us both a 10 euro voucher 🙂 )
In order to get the discount, remember to buy the ticket before 23:59 of Friday.

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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)

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Next hike – A world premiere: Camogli to S.Fruttuoso via Passo del Bacio

Sunday 17, September

Hi all!

Sunday is expected to be sunny in Liguria, so why not resume our hikes? 🙂

The path that leads from San Rocco to San Fruttuoso passing through the scenic Passo del Bacio is by far the most spectacular among all of Portofino trails!

Yet, we’ve never taken the group along this beautiful route since some stretches are rated as “for expert hikers”, having slightly exposed passages. Don’t worry, though, because there are chains to hold on to! Many of which being totally unnecessary.

This is THE trail suggested in The Rough Guide to Italy, so why keep on depriving ourselves of such an amazing path?

Only those who are truly scared of heights might want to skip this hike. And please, do not show up wearing flip flops, because this time it might turn out to be a very bad call…

Here is the route:
https://it.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=10021795 (only the first 7 km)

Meeting point will be in front of Camogli train station, at 11:00.To go back to Camogli we will have several options to pick from, including a boat ride, highly recommended to those who still haven’t enjoyed this experience.

Here are the trains to get there:

IC 35833 Milano Centrale 8:10 > Genova Brignole 9:44

R 24529 Genova Brignole 10:20 > Camogli-S.Fruttuoso 10:59

Return will be from Camogli as well, so you might want to purchase your return ticket in advance and avoid any hassle.

Hiking in Zoagli, along old watermills and bell towers

Sunday, 3rd September 2017:

Zoagli

Is anyone up for having a twin hike this weekend? According to the mayor of Zoagli, the newly restored trails of Zoagli are possibly even more beautiful than those in Cinque Terre, since they offer more variety and better paving. As this is the last week where the so called “Treno del Mare” will connect Milano to Liguria, shall we find out this Sunday if the statement is true? The idea is to hike along the bell-tower trail, from Zoagli to Passo dell’Anchetta across the castle of Sam Benelli and the churches of St Peter and Semorile, and walk back along the mysterious “Giro della Barca”, that follows a stream and features some ancient water-mills.

Trail is easy/medium, has a vertical gain of 500 metres and should take around 3 hours, thus leaving us with plenty of time for swimming (possibly as far as to the cave of the priests)

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/from-zoagli/67-zoagli-semorile-san-pietro-di-rovereto-zoagli.html (in scary English)
http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/levante/2017/05/03/ASb3RlFH-sentieri_sindaco_altroche.shtml
(in Italian)
http://marcia5campanili.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/anello-marcia5campanili-2013-byALTEA.pdf
(in Italian)

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

On Sunday, let’s meet at 11:09 am at the entrance of Zoagli train station.

Suggested trains (*) are:

– if you travel eastwards:

Regionale 24499 – Genova Brignole 10:05 Zoagli 10:58

or (but you risk standing, since the train is coming from Milano)

REG 1731 – Genova Piazza Principe 10:24 (Genova Brignole 10:32) Zoagli 11:09

– if you travel westwards:

Regionale 11368 + Regionale 24499 – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 – Zoagli 10:58

– if you travel southwards:

REG 1731 – Milano Lambrate 08:26 (Milano Rogoredo 08:44) Zoagli 11:09

Return will be from Zoagli train station, probably around 6pm.

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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)

From Sestri Levante to Punta Manara, like the first time…

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Saturday, September 2

Hi all!

Back in September 2010, a small group of people got together to do what would become the very first hike of this hiking group! (Incidentally, the cover picture of this event was actually shot on that hike!)

Back then, we trod the path from Sestri Levante to Punta Manara, which on clear days offers one of the best views over the surrounding coast, including the Baia del Silenzio. So, why not hike there again? 🙂

Once at Punta Manara, we will head to the little hamlet of Ginestra and then back to Sestri, following a path which winds down along the other side of the headland, through a completely different vegetation.

This hike is rated as Easy, and won’t take to long to complete.

You can have a look at the route (we won’t go down to Ciappa del lupo, since it is considered a descent for Expert Hikers) here:
https://it.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=9290157

Meeting point for Saturday, September 2, is Sestri Levante train station (outside, just in front of the station entrance) at 10:30

Here are the trains to get to Sestri Levante:

From Milano and Genova:

Regionale R 2181

Milano Centrale 7:25
Genova Piazza Principe 9:11
Genova Brignole 9:20
Sestri Levante 10:28

Unfortunately, IC trains from Milano are already sold out 😦

As usual, let’s meet on the first car of the train (if there are free seats!)

Return will be from Sestri Levante as well, so you may want to buy the return ticket in advance in order to avoid any hassle.

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Saturday, 29th July 2017:

Camogli

Something’s fishy in Portofino Park: rumours have it that the Santa fried fish festival will take place this Saturday, courtesy of the fishermen guild of S.Erasmo. Can we possibly say no to a nice dish of fish?

Of course we can’t! so how about wrapping up season #7 of the Ligurian hikes with a walk from Camogli to S.Margherita Ligure?
The idea is to take a path similar to last year, yet a bit different. We’ll first follow the coast, so as to swim in one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Liguria: Punta Chiappa. Following the swim and lunch break, we’ll move on to Batterie and up to Guardia, we’ll tread the very scenic trail leading to Buca dei Corvi and Bocche, before heading down to Santa Margherita, in time for the fish festival.

First part of hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium), takes around 1 hour and has 250 metres of elevation gain. Second part is E (medium) and requires slightly less than 3 hours. We’ll likely reach S.Margherita around 5:30pm, in time for the fish festival (which starts at 6pm).

You may read more about the trails on:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/trail-map/2-san-rocco-punta-chiappa.html (first part, in scary English)
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/from-santa-margherita-ligure/66-santa-margherita-ligure-camogli.html (second part, again in scary English)
http://www.nonsolotigullio.com/eventi_tigullio/25134__Sagra_del_Fritto_e_Gara_del_pesto/ (the final part)

If you come at 11am, please bring some food and water with you! Of course, if you come from Milano you’ll have plenty of time in Camogli, to wander around and get some focaccia.

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

Let’s meet at 10:59am, at the entrance of Camogli train station. More precisely, we could meet under the “Madonna with Child” relief that’s on the wall opposite the train station entrance.

Recommended trains are (*):

– if you travel eastwards

REG 24529
Genova P.Principe 10:10
(Genova Brignole 10:20)
Camogli-S.Fruttuoso 10:59

– if you travel westwards:

REG 24514
09:27 Sestri Levante
09:59 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso

(if you come from La Spezia, there should be a train at 8:15; if you come from Pisa and arrive later, you might want to skip the first part of the hike and take a boat from Camogli to Punta Chiappa)

– If you travel southwards:

(the much dreaded) REG 33185
Milano Centrale 07:25
(Milano Lambrate 07:32)
Camogli-S. Fruttuoso 09:59

Return will be from S.Margherita Ligure, somewhere around 6 or 7pm.

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(*) For those who are catching IC or Freccia trains:

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1” special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.

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(*) For those who happen to be over 60 or under 26:

You can have half price even without a travel buddy. Remember that you need to have a Cartafreccia card in order to use the junior/senior special offer (in the unlikely case that you don’t have a Cartafreccia card yet, let me know and I can send you an invitation… in which case we’ll both get a 10 euro coupon:-) )

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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)

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Saturday, 22nd July 2017:

La Spezia

August may be getting closer, but we can’t possibly go on holiday before having two more hikes: kicking off what will most likely be a double Saturday of hiking (this Saturday for swimming, next week for the fish) is the “piscina naturale” event which, as every year at this time, takes place in Portovenere. The idea, of course, is to follow a trail leading to the infinite trail, then head down to Portovenere and swim to Palmaria island.

For the uninitiated: this Saturday’s big event consists in the closing of the Portovenere strait to the boats. From 3pm until evening, boats won’t be allowed to cross it, thus making it feasible to swim from Portovenere to Palmaria. The plan then is to swim to the island… and probably back to Portovenere (unless you find a cunning and waterproof way to carry your belongings with you). So that you know, the distance between Portovenere and Palmaria is around 250 metres.

As for the hiking part: let’s meet at La Spezia at 10am (I know, it’s early, but there aren’t many alternatives) and head to Marola (by bus). From Marola, we’ll hike up to the shelter, that offers views both of the Ligurian sea and the Spezia gulf. We’ll then move down to Campiglia and continue to Portovenere along one of the most beautiful Ligurian paths, the so called “infinite trail”, so as to finish the hike in Portovenere. The “infinite” trail probably owes its name to the fact that the alignment of Mt Muzzerone, Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria and Tino make the trail appear much longer (almost infinite) than it actually is. In truth, the walk from Marola to Bocca del Cavalin should take 1,5 hours, while the trail to Portovenere requires 2 hours. Should we have some extra time, we might possibly have a short detour to the lookout point called “Salto della suocera”, i.e. jump of the mother in law(!!), which is a cliff falling in a sheer drop into the Ligurian Sea (think of a Ligurian version of Norway’s Pulpit Rock)

First part of the hike is rated “T/E” (easy), while second part is “E” (medium).

You may read more about the Infinite trail on:
– http://www.sentieridautore.it/sentieridautore.it/24.Portovenere.html (in Italian, with a beautiful map)

and about Piscina Naturale on:
http://cinqueterreandbeyond.com/it/piscina-naturale-di-portovenere-2017-il-22-luglio-alle-15-via-ai-tuffi/
(apparently, the volume of the music will be lower this year… which would not be a bad idea!)

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How to get to La Spezia… and how to come back alive:

On Saturday, July 22nd, let’s meet at 10:00am outside La Spezia Centrale railway station, near the red human pyramid monument (I do hope it’s still there! if not, let’s just meet at the entrance of the station).

Suggested trains are:

IC 505: Genova Piazza Principe 08:51 (Genova Brignole 09:00) La Spezia Centrale 10:04 (*)

From Pisa and Parma there should be one connection at least, from Milano you’ll need to catch the 7am Thello train.

There’s plenty of trains back from La Spezia. If you come from afar, don’t forget there’s the 2×1 ticket! (if you plan on swimming or sightseeing in Portovenere, you should book a train after 6pm)

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(*) For those who are catching IC or Freccia trains:

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1” special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.

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(*) For those who happen to be over 60 or under 26:

You can half price even without a travel buddy. Remember that you need to have a Cartafreccia card in order to use the junior/senior special offer (in the unlikely case that you don’t have a Cartafreccia card yet, let me know and I can send you an invitation… in which case we’ll both get a 10 euro coupon:-) ). Also, ticket should be booked before 11:59 of Friday.

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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)