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Saturday, May 23rd:

 
Framura

 
Four years ago an expedition of hikers set forth, on a mission to find the legendary yellow irises of the swamp of S.Agata in Framura. They failed, as the trail was never found.

Now that our sense of orientation improved (as well as the technology that can aid us), let’s give it another try this Saturday.. and head to the mystic town of Framura: as Framura recently made it to the list of most beautiful places in Italy (see http://www.borghitalia.it/pg.base.php?id=4&lang=it&cod_borgo=1038 ), this will also give us an excuse to pay a tribute to one of our favourite towns in Liguria.

We’ll walk along the traditional path from coast to Costa (i.e. the 4th of 5 hamlets that make up Framura), before moving on to Castagnola (hamlet #5). From there, if we manage to find the trail to S.Agata, we’ll explore its wetlands, which supposedly witness the blooming of yellow irises in the month of May. If we don’t, we’ll make a loop by walking back along the trail of Acquafredda.

We believe that the trail to S.Agata should be somewhere out there, as last time we passed by we saw clear (wooden) signs pointing to its existence.

Hike is labelled as easy (T) but rather long and with 600 metres of elevation gain: it takes around one hour and half, to walk across the 5 hamlets of Framura, plus an extra 70 minutes, to get to Case Mogge/S.Agata. It would be nice to catch a bus to come back, but they are rare and I believe they are tiny ( http://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201505131143/orari_TOR/pagina.105.pdf ).

Will the sea be swimmable? I believe it will be, but let’s keep an eye on the weather, as it’s uncertain at the moment: some weather forecasts say it will be a pleasant Saturday, with clouds and sun, while others predict some possible (light) rain.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.prolocodeivamarina.it/trekking-deiva-marina/
or
http://www.turismoprovincia.laspezia.it/it/download/riviera

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

On Saturday, let’s meet at 11:03am at the entrance of Framura railway station.

Recommended trains are:

* if you travel 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 Framura 11:03

* if you travel westwards

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

* if you travel southwards

REG 2181: Milano Centrale 07:25 Sestri Levante 10:30
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REG 24505: Sestri Levante 10:47 Framura 11:03

It might be possible to use the Intercity (and the Special 2×1 offer), but it’s so tricky that I don’t know whether to suggest it!

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Saturday, May 9th:

 
S.Margherita Ligure

 
Once again, it’s that time of the year when Camogli celebrates saint Fortunato, by offering a sizzling show on Saturday and fried fish on Sunday. Since the visually entertaining bits are all on Saturday, I would confirm this as hiking day. Two big statues, made of wooden junk, will be brought to the shore and burnt at the stake (according to the rumours, one of them will depict
Noah’s Ark). There will be a procession, with people carrying the ark of S.Fortunato across town… and, as with every Ligurian festival, plenty of fireworks.

As for the hike, I propose repeating last year’s Portofino-S.Fruttuoso trail, while trying a new bonus hike. For the uninitiated, the Portofino-S.Fruttuoso trail follows a ridge overlooking the sea and offers memorable views throughout the way. Highlight of the trail is “Base O”, a military post from WWII, turned into an outstanding lookout point.
As for the bonus hike, we could replace Cala degli Inglesi with the path leading to the so called “Mayor’s house” and down to Cala Vitrale. Once again, little is known of this trail, but the description on the Portofinotrek website is bound to make adventurers drool, as it mentions tunnels, gates and a forgotten path leading to an enchanting cove. Ah, there will be no chains this year!

Once we’re in S.Fruttuoso, we can decide whether to take a boat to Camogli, walk to Ruta di Camogli (1,5 hour) or walk to Camogli (2 hours). Will the sea be warm enough to have a swim in S.Fruttuoso? It depends on whether you’re happy with 18 degrees!

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/mappa/28-portofino-san-fruttuoso.html (the main hike)
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/mappa/86-portofino-cala-vitrale.html (the bonus hike)
http://www.cralgalliera.altervista.org/Vitrale014.pdf (again, bonus hike)
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/6-mappa (the map of the region)

and about the festival on:
http://www.camogliedintorni.it/Falò.html

Overall, hike takes around 3 hours (bonus hike included), has 400 mt of vertical gain and is rated as E (medium, mainly due to the many stairs at the beginning).

Return will be from Camogli. We’ll probably arrive there around 6pm.

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

On Saturday, May 9th, let’s meet at 10:54 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure/Portofino railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone). We could then hop aboard the 11:11am bus (and reach Portofino at 11:29). If we’re too many, those who arrive earlier may catch the previous bus.

Suggested trains are

– if you travel eastwards

REG 24535: Genova Piazza Principe 10:04 (Genova Brignole 10:13) S.Margherita Ligure 10:52

– if you travel westwards

REG 2296: La Spezia Centrale 09:51 – S. Margherita Ligure 10:54

– if you travel southwards:

IC 657: Milano Centrale 08:10 – S. Margherita Ligure 10:20 (*)

or

REG 2181: Milano Centrale 07:25 ( Milano Lambrate 07:32) S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino 09:54

Return will be from Camogli station (we’ll likely get there 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 very rarely check for ID, but they might get a bit 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)

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Saturday, April 25th:

 
Rapallo

 
Let’s celebrate Italy’s Liberation Day by hiking to a pretty lookout point, from which we can admire the Ligurian coast from Genova to Chiavari: Monte Bello, located between the Paradiso and the Tigullio gulfs at a height of 713 mt, is said to be pretty not just in the name, but also in the views.

In order to get there, we’ll start walking from the roman bridge of San Pietro di Novella (the hamlet of Rapallo, where we finished the Manico del Lume hike last autumn). From there, we’ll cross olive groves and chestnut woods until we reach the wide meadows of Passo del Gallo (485 mt). If we manage to resist the lure of a picnic, with some extra effort we’ll be able to conquer first a shepherd shelter made of rocks, then the panoramic peak of Mt Bello. With views over the two gulfs of Portofino, our lunch break should be a pleasant one.

We’ll go back by following the relaxing 2G trail, that crosses several meadows and leads down to the Millennium church in Ruta. From Ruta, it will be possible to either reach Camogli (on foot) or Rapallo/S.Margherita (by bus)

Hike is rated as E, takes around 4 hours (2,5 up and 1,5 down) and features 700 metres of vertical gain.

We’ll probably arrive in Ruta around 5pm.

You may read about the hike on:
http://www.cainovara.it/CATALOGO%20GITE%20%28Monte%20Bello%20di%20Rapallo%29.htm (first part of the trail)
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/from-rapallo/66-rapallo-caravaggi-ruta-di-camogli.html (second part)
http://www.mappeliguria.com/mmoa_tav.php?tav=ge42 (the map)

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

Let’s meet at 10:25am at the entrance of Rapallo railway station. The idea is to catch the 10:40am bus to S.Pietro di Novella. Should that fail, there’s also an 11am and 11:10 bus to S.Anna (however, we’ll need to walk for 1,3km afterwards)

Suggested trains are:

if you travel eastwards:

REG 2181 – 09:12 Genova Piazza Principe (09:21 Genova Brignole) 09:58 Rapallo

or

IC 1533 (**) – 09:47 Genova Piazza Principe (09:56 Genova Brignole) 10:25 Rapallo

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if you travel westwards:

REG 24552 – 09:38 Sestri Levante 10:01 Rapallo

(if you wish to come from beyond Sestri, please let me know and we can decide how you can catch up!)

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if you travel southwards:

REG 2181 – 07:25 Milano Centrale 09:58 Rapallo

Bus timetables:
http://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201504141144/orari_TOC/pagina.25.pdf

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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 basically a buy 1 and get 1 free offer. The only catch of the offer: if you buy this special ticket online, watch out that Trenitalia requires you to specify names of both passengers. If your travel buddy betrays you, I believe 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.

Alternatively, if you buy the “2×1″ ticket” at a “Fast Ticket” machine, you won’t need to punch in any names.

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

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015:

 
Chiavari

 
Shall we have a hike this Saturday in the heart of val d’Aveto? I’ve always left the region out of our walks, as it’s so remote and complicated to reach by public transportation. And yet, as this is probably our last chance (before the hike&swim season kicks in) to discover the so called “Ligurian Switzerland”, we might as well give it a try and see if we can get to its most famous and panoramic landmark: the chapel of Mt Ramaceto. The view from there is said to be incredible, as it encompasses the highest peaks of the Apennine mountains and a great deal of the Ligurian coast.

Regardless of the outcome, the walk itself should be enjoyable, as it crosses old forests of beeches and follows the well kept path of the AVML (i.e. the long mountain trail that runs all the way from Ventimiglia to La Spezia).

The trail features 500 metres of elevation gain (the starting point is Passo della Forcella, some 850 metres above sea level, while Mt Ramaceto is 1345 metre high), takes about 3,5 hours and is rated as “E” (medium).

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How to get to Passo della Forcella and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at 11:10 am at the entrance of Chiavari station.

From there, we’ll take the 11:35 bus to Passo della Forcella. As we’ll a bit short with time, please bring food with you! (of course, you may also get it in Chiavari, if you arrive early)

For coming back, I suggest catching the 5:19pm bus from Passo della Forcella. Alternatively, there’s also the 7:18pm bus (although that would mean arriving in Chiavari pretty late)

For more details about the bus, please refer to:
http://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201504071402/orari_TC/11_a_r_fer_fes.pdf

As for Chiavari, recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards
REG 24535 – Genova Piazza Principe 10:04 (Genova Brignole 10:13) Chiavari 11:09

* if you travel westwards:
REG 2296 – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 – Chiavari 10:42

* if you travel southwards:
IC 1533 Milano Centrale 08:10 – Chiavari 10:34 (**)

Return will be from Chiavari station, around 6:30pm.

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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 (i.e. today). It’s basically a buy 1 and get 1 free offer. The only catch of the offer: if you buy this special ticket online, watch out that Trenitalia requires you to specify names of both passengers. If your travel buddy betrays you, I believe 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.

Alternatively, if you buy the “2×1″ ticket” at a “Fast Ticket” machine, you won’t need to punch in any names.

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

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Saturday, March 28th:

 
Sestri Levante

 
Since we’ll be blessed with full sunshine this Saturday, shall we explore the Sestri Levante inland and do one of those trails that promise infinite views, as far as to Corsica and the Alpi Apuane? The idea is to catch the bus to the shrine of Velva (i.e. Madonna della Guardia) and tread the “Alta via delle Cinque Terre”: it’s basically the prosecution of the more famous trail, that crosses the 5 upper shrines of the Cinque Terre.

This time our hike will begin by the holy shrine of Madonna della Guardia di Velva (which is linked to the one on Mt Figogna by the fact that it holds the same statue of Mary… well, basically they made two copies out of it); we’ll visit S.Nicolao, which is said to offer a splendid view of the coast and, since the Middle Ages, has been a shelter for pilgrims and wanderers (who would pray to S.Nicolao to protect them from the brigands).
We’ll possibly hit a mountain with a less holy name (Cima Stronzi). We’ll finish the hike by walking on the southern ridge of Mt Pietra di Vasca, a peculiar mountain shaped with spires, that looms like a cathedral over the bay of Moneglia.

Will it be wiser to return to Moneglia on foot or by bus (from Bracco)? Shall we decide later?

Trail is rated as “E” (medium) and features 500 metres of elevation gain.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.comune.castiglione-chiavarese.ge.it/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/528
http://www.turismoprovincia.laspezia.it/it/cosa-fare/itinerari/riviera-e-5-terre
http://www.mappeliguria.com/mmoa_tav.php?tav=ge58 (the map)

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How to get to Sestri Levante, and how to come back alive:

On Saturday, March 28th, let’s meet at 10:40 am at the entrance of Sestri Levante, so as to catch the 10:55 am bus to Missano/Velva (if possible, try to buy one ATP ticket in advance: it’s 1,80 euro)

Recommended trains are:

— if you travel eastwards
REG 2181 – Genova P. Principe 09:13 (Genova Brignole 09:22) Sestri Levante 10:30
or
IC 1533: Genova Piazza Principe 09:47 (Genova Brignole 09:56) Sestri Levante 10:42

— if you travel westwards
Reg 2296 – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 – Sestri Levante 10:31

— if you travel southwards
IC 1533: Milano Centrale 08:10 Sestri Levante 10:42

– bus timetables ( should Trenitalia have another of its legendary delays, a possible plan B is to have a hike around Casarza Ligure)

http://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201503201129/orari_TOR/pagina.113.pdf
http://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201503201129/orari_TOR/pagina.103.pdf

Return will be from Moneglia, 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! (+39 329 7203364)

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Saturday/Sunday February 28th/March 1st:

 
Ventimiglia

 
Fingers crossed, it seems like (at last!) we’ll have a completely sunny weekend ahead. While some people here are looking forward to having one more skiing session, does anyone fancy spending Saturday and/or Sunday on the Azure coast?

The idea is to head to the far west of Liguria and do something similar to what we did two years ago: pay a visit to Menton and have a walk along the old Roman path known as “via Julia Augusta”. Menton (i.e. the first French town after the borders) is a medieval town that is famous for its gardens and, most of all, for the Citrus Festival, that is taking place right now. Legend has it that, after Adam and Eve were thrown out of Paradise, Eve took a lemon with her. Adam, who feared that God may get even angrier, told her to throw the lemon away. And so she did, while they were walking along the Côte d’Azur… and, as a consequence, orchards of lemon trees sprouted in Menton. The plan is then to visit the lemon&orange festival on Sunday.

You may read more about the lemon festival on:
http://www.fete-du-citron.com/

As for Saturday, I would suggest treading the old roman way, between Ventimiglia and Mentone, and visit the Hanbury Gardens (a botanical wonder that lies exactly at mid way between the Italian and the French town). That would also allow us to get around the big problem that we faced two years ago: the legendary queue at the ticket counter of Ventimiglia, for getting the ticket to Mentone.

As for Sunday, we’ll spend the whole day in France: since we’ll have plenty of time (much more than the lemon festival requires), we could walk along the coastal trail or try hitting “Le Turbie” on the “Grand Corniche”: it’s a lookout point on a panoramic path that was built following the line of the Via Julia Augusta, which boasts a colonnade that supposedly marks the frontier between ancient Rome and Gaul

If you come from Genova, you can either decide to come on a day trip or stay overnight. In the latter case, the best bargains are probably:

1) http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/corso-sanremo.it.html
2) http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/esperia-sanremo.it.html

We slept in Esperia two years ago and had a good stay and breakfast. As for Hotel Corso, it is even cheaper and has a higher rating (but it’s a bit more distant from the train station).

For those who would like to come on a day trip, we could meet at the entrance of Ventimiglia station, either at 2:10pm on Saturday (there’s a bus to the Hanbury Gardens at 2:30pm) or at 10:37am on Sunday (which is when R 10102 arrives). If you come on Saturday, remember that there’s the “Special 2×1″ offer by Trenitalia.. so try to find a travel buddy!

For those who are coming from Milano, I’ll catch
1) Milano Centrale 09:10 – San Remo 12:54 on Saturday
2) 19:15 San Remo – 22:50 Milano Centrale on Sunday

Last but not least, remember the ID card/passport! And if you have
questions/doubts/Hamlet-like dilemmas, my number is +39 329 7203364