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Sunday, October 11th, 2015:


The weather may be getting colder, but the forecast predicts enough sunshine this Sunday, to dare having one more dive in the Ligurian sea: before going back to the inland, shall we have one more hike&swim along the coast?

Just like one year ago, I suggest aiming at the beach that enchanted us the most: Porto Pidocchio of Framura. Since it’s a boar-hunting Sunday, I propose going mainstream and treading the blue trail between Levanto and Framura.
The idea is to meetup, shortly after 11am, at the train station of Levanto: after picking up the usual focaccia (and possibly some gattafin?), we’ll follow trail #1 until Scernio, then we’ll take trail #4, so as to avoid going down to Bonassola and hiking up again. We’ll head up to Montaretto and then we’ll reconnect to trail #1 and walk on until Framura. Trail is rated as T/E (easy/medium), features old mule tracks, basaltic rocks and many lookout points over the bay of Bonassola and Framura; it is well described on .

Total hiking time is approx 3,5 hours, vertical gain is around 300 metres.

By 4pm we’ll likely be in Framura, where it might be feasible to have a quick swim in the sea, before catching the train back: water temperature should be 20/21 degrees.


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

On Sunday, October 11th, let’s meet at Levanto train station at 11:11 am.

Recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards

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


IC 1533 (**): Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 9:56) Levanto 10:57


* if you travel westwards

REG 24488: La Spezia Centrale 10:06 Framura 10:34


* if you travel southwards:

Take REG 2181 (at 7:25) or IC 1533 (**) (at 8:10) from Milano.


Return will be from Framura station, around 6pm.


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

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) o older than 60, you should be eligible to have discounts as high as 50%, 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 Saturday.

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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Sunday, September 27th:

S.Margherita Ligure

Time flies: it seems like yesterday, that a few English-speaking hikers (mostly teachers, engineers and Austrian-Finnish students) gathered on a fine Sunday morning (following a stormy night), to hike to Punta Manara. In truth, that happened back in September of 2010. Five years and 2050 subscribers later, let’s celebrate the 5th anniversary of the “English Speaking hiking meetups around Genova” group (a.k.a. Liguriah) by doing the classical panoramic hike from S.Margherita Ligure to S.Fruttuoso, via Bocche and Pietre Strette.

It will also be the last weekend when it’s possible to catch a 5pm ferry back to Camogli (or S.Margherita), so let’s seize the chance of having one more relaxing swim in the bay of S.Fruttuoso. In order to get there, we’ll walk along the coast until Gave, then move westwards towards Monte di Portofino by following the hiking signs to Frate, Bocche and Pietre Strette. We’ll end the hike by walking down to S.Fruttuoso. After recently discovering how beautiful the view is from the beginning of the forbidden trail of the Tubes, I suggest having a two minute detour by Caselle, to admire it one more time.

Return from S.Fruttuoso will likely be by boat (either via Portofino/S.Margherita or via Camogli).

Hike is 3 hr long and is as rated T/E (easy/medium), with an elevation gain of 400 metres.

You may read more about the hike on: (first part, in scary English) (second part, again in scary English)


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

On Sunday 27th, let’s meet at 11 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone).

Suggested trains are:

if you travel eastwards:

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

if you travel westwards:

REG – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 S. Margherita Ligure 10:54

if you travel southwards
REG – 07:25 Milano Centrale – 09:54 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino
IC – Milano Centrale 08:10 – S. Margherita Ligure 10:20

Return will be from Camogli (or S.Margherita Ligure) railway station, around 6pm.

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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Sunday September 6th, Joanne speaks:


The sun is due to return Sunday and so I have chosen this date to set off on an epic hike in multiple stages, Chiavari – Siena. If anyone would like to join me on the first stage of the hike, they can meet me at the train station in Lavagna and we can hike through olive groves up to Santa Giulia (254 m), where we will have spectacular views of the coast, then on through the woods to Monte Capenardo (656 m) and along the ridge, past the old slate quarries, to the ruins of the church of Sant’Anna, ending up with a swim and aperitivo on the beach in Sestri Levante. (I propose Luna Blu beach as our final destination as it is close to our arrival point in Sestri Levante and the owners of the bar are English-speaking friends of mine who are thinking of joining the group this winter when the beach season is over!)

The trail has an elevation gain of about 700 metres, a total length of 14 km and takes about 4 – 5 hours. The last part follows a mountain bike trail, so you have to keep your ears open for mountain bikers coming down the hill behind you at top speed!

If you would like a preview, here are my photos from the last time I walked it:

You may read more about the trail on: (in Italian)

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

Let’s meet at the entrance to Lavagna train station at 11:30
If you are travelling eastwards: take the Treno del Mare at 10:32, arriving in Lavagna at 11:22

If you travel westwards: the 10:39 out of La Spezia does not stop in Lavagna, but you can stay on until the next station, Chiavari, where you will arrive at 11:11, and then take the Treno del Mare back to Lavagna at 11:19.

From Milano: Treno del Mare 8:25 arriving in Lavagna at 11:22

I suggest everyone meet up in the front car of the Treno del Mare. I will meet you at the station in Lavagna as I can walk there from home ;)

At 18:02 you can get the return Treno del Mare to Genova or Milano, and there are three more trains to Genova within the next hour after that one if anyone wants to linger longer over their aperitivo!

If you have any doubts, you may write to me on Facebook or call me at 348-553-2563, and I may or may not be able to answer your questions!

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Sunday, August 30th:


The sun will be high, the temperature pleasantly warm, the sea should be calm: who’s up for returning to the emerald waters of the secluded craggy coast of Valletta (Moneglia) one year later?

Reaching Valletta is not straightforward, as it involves a T/E (easy/medium) hike, with 250 metres of elevation gain. It takes around 2 hours for the complete loop from the town of Moneglia and back.

You may read more about the trail on:

Should anyone fancy conquering a peak before going to Valletta, we might try to get to the cross of Monte Comunaglia (430mt): we never made it up there, we would probably need one extra hour for the bonus hike.


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

Let’s meet twenty minutes past noon, at the entrance of Moneglia train station.

If you travel eastwards, we recommend:

Regionale 24553

11:20 Genova Brignole 12:24 Moneglia

If you travel westwards:

Regionale 24490

11:10 La Spezia Centrale 11:57 Moneglia

From Milano there should be the 8:28 “treno del mare” from Lambrate.


PS: If anyone’s doing the Portofino Trail of the Tubes on Saturday afternoon (see ), let me know and we might meetup in Camogli to go to S.Rocco (the starting point of the hike)


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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Sunday, July 26th:


Poseidon may be angry and Helios might, again, bring too much sunshine.. and yet, despite the rough sea and high temperature, I believe the Portofino Park and the beach of S.Michele di Pagana might allow us to have a pleasant hike&swim.

The idea is to follow a trail across Portofino Park, from Camogli to San Lorenzo della Costa, via Gaixella, followed by the path from San Lorenzo to San Michele, via Banchi. First part of the hike should be refreshing, as we’ll be inside the woods (and can count on a couple of water fountains along the way). Second part of the hike should be short and will allow us to enjoy a fine view of the Portofino headland (from Banchi) as well as some Flemish paintings, inside the churches of S.Lorenzo and S.Michele.

Hike is rated as T/E, with 400 metres of elevation gain, and takes around 3 hours. It’s likely that we’ll reach San Michele di Pagana around 4/5pm.

You may read more about the trails on: (in scary English) (in Italian)


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

Let’s meet at 11:00 am, 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.

If you travel eastwards, we recommend:

Regionale 34023

10:05 Genova Principe (10:14 Genova Brignole) 10:47 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso

If you travel westwards:

Regionale 2296

09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:59 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso

If you travel southwards:

Regionale 1731

08:28 Milano Lambrate-10:55 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso

Return will be from S.Margherita Ligure or (if you prefer) Rapallo, somewhere around 6pm.


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