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Saturday, 12th May 2018

Recco

Hello everyone! Once again, it’s that time of the year when Camogli celebrates St.Fortunato, by offering a sizzling show on Saturday and fried fish on Sunday. Since the visually entertaining bits are all on Saturday, shall we have a hike in the area in the late morning/afternoon, then spend the evening in Camogli? For those who are yet uninitiated, the Saturday program features two big statues, made of wooden junk, that are brought to the shore and burnt at the stake. There will be a procession, with people carrying the ark of S.Fortunato across town… and plenty of fireworks (otherwise it wouldn’t be a Ligurian festival!).

As for the hike, I would pick the 2G trail from Recco to Rapallo. I read that they’re having free guided tours of Valle Christi: we could then end the hike in S.Maria del Campo, so as to visit the monastery ruins. As for the start of the hike, let’s meet at 11am at Recco train station: from Recco we’ll hike up to the Caravaggio ridge, where the 2G trail awaits us. The trail owes its name to the 2 gulfs, that can be seen while walking from the Caravaggio ridge down to Ruta. The path is quite panoramic, with the Paradise Gulf on the right, the Tigullio Gulf on the left and the Portofino Park in between. Just before reaching Ruta, there should be a trail leading to San Martino di Noceto and then on to Santa Maria del Campo: there’s not much info about that path, but somehow I’m optimistic that it will be in decent conditions (if not, there’s a backup trail from Ruta).

Hike is rated as T/E, with 500 metres of vertical gain. Hiking time should be 3 hours.

We’ll probably arrive at Santa Maria del Campo around 4:00pm. From there, we can either go to San Michele di Pagana for a swim or head to Camogli by bus, for the evening festival.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.agenziadisviluppogalgenovese.com/news/359/file/GP_descrizione_sentieri_confoto.pdf (trails 12+18)

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

Return will be from Rapallo, if you skip the festival, or from Camogli.
Needless to say, if you plan to watch the fireworks and the burning of the statues, you might want to stay until 11pm or midnight.

If you choose to stay overnight, take into account that there’s the “buy 1 and get 1 free” train offer also on Sunday (courtesy of Trenitalia and Mother’s Day)

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

On Saturday, May 12th, let’s meet at 11:07 am at the entrance of Recco railway station

Suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

REG 24529: 10:10 Genova Piazza Principe (10:20 Brignole) 10:55 Recco

or

REG 11367: 10:45 Genova Piazza Principe – 11:07 Recco

– if you’re travelling westwards

REG 11368 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:52 Recco

– if you’re travelling southwards

REG 2175 + 2507 + 11367 Milano Centrale 8:30 (8:37 Lambrate 8:44 Rogoredo) 11:07 Recco (yes, it’s 3 trains, since they make you change twice at the two stations of Genova! )

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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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Hiking to S.Fortunato festival, via Semaforo Nuovo/Rocca del Falco

A record-breaking hiking group of 53 ventured across Parco di Portofino and went on to conquer the lookout points of Semaforo Nuovo and the recently opened Rock of the Hawks (speaking of which, if you can spot Leticia on the group picture, you’re definitely hawk-eyed!). The 11km trail wasn’t the most direct way to get from S.Margherita to Camogli, but allowed us to walk close to the coast; among many returners there was Michaela, who flew all the way from the Netherlands to land on the Rock of the Hawks; the two sculptures featured Iron-Man and the Bank of Uncle Scrooge being plundered; for the 2nd consecutive hike, we had a meal in a restaurant (dinner this time); the final show started super-late, but we did manage to both see the fireworks and get warmed by the bonfires

Hiking to Camogli, along the coast and via the Rock of the Hawks

An 18km loop trail, from Torriglia to the Pentema Xmas crib

It took us more than just a stroll to reach Pentema: we hiked 18km in order to complete the Torriglia loop with Pentema detour, it’s no wonder that the Genovese regard the little town as a remote place, that’s almost at the edge of the world. But then,it was all worth it! and, despite what the Genovese may say, we were happy to go to… Pentema (and discover its gigantic Xmas crib)

As for the hike: we met some snow and had some slips, but in general coped well with the turned-to-white trail; once in Pentema, we took plenty of time to drink mulled wine and explore all houses of the village: they were open for visitors, as they showed scenes from everyday life at the end of the XIX century (some actually were slightly creepy, we easily dismissed the idea of spending the night there!); the 2nd part of the Torriglia loop offered some incredible 360 degree views over hills, snow capped mountains and the sea; and, from the Donetta hills, we could also make out the village of Pentema, which looked like a toy village.

Going to Pentema took some effort, but we were rewarded by a picturesque town

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From Riomaggiore to Manarola, via Montenero

Tradition has it that, at the end of the year, we have a hike to the lit Xmas crib of Manarola. 2015 was no exception to the rule, we walked along the Riomaggiore-Montenero-Manarola route. The shrine of Montenero provided us with a wonderful lunch spot, from which to observe the Ligurian coast from Punta Mesco to Palmaria; the weather was cloudy, but the clouds occasionally gave way to some enchanting sun spells. The new vineyard path of Costa Corniolo allowed us to walk just above the Nativity scene hill of Manarola (and newcomers Eva and Sarah, who was celebrating her 3rd birthday,seemed to enjoy it). The descent to Manarola was steep and a bit rough on the knees… but we arrived down safely and could fully enjoy the light show with no worries, apart from those menacing signs at the train station (beware Ale of pickpockets! :-D)

Hiking to a lit Xmas crib in 5 Terre

From Acquasanta up to Cappella Baiarda and down to the shrine

Hiking from Acquasanta up to Cappella Baiarda featured plenty of sunshine, memorable group pictures, a mystical tree that filled us all with zen spirit, a few jaw-dropping views and plenty of sheep watching us. As for the way down to the shrine, uhm, could it possibly have been one of 5 deadly hikes in the history of the group? For sure, getting hit by a falling tree was something I didn’t quite expect. But then, after witnessing people getting sucked into a pit of brambles (#4 Rapallo-Montallegro), missing chains (#3 Cala degli Inglesi), slipping on the ice/losing their nails/lowering themselves down in a snow gorge to save a fallen hiking stick (#2: Crocetta Orero-Busalletta) and fleeing a shower of thunderbolts (#1: Mt Rossola, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwRRAMnmxBs ), I should not be surprised. But all’s well that ends well, and I’m glad that the “recovery rate” is always high! 🙂

PS: and we could even gain 9 years of indulgence! if we recited a Pater Ave Gloria on each step of the Holy Stairs to the shrine

A mystic hike in Acquasanta

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Saturday, 16th December 2017

Sestri Levante

Shall we keep up with the tradition of combining our pre-Xmas hike with a Xmas crib? Taking into account that there’s a train strike on Sunday and (it seems) they’re not ready yet with the Manarola lit nativity scene in the Cinque Terre, I would suggest paying a visit to the “Presepe do Bronzin”, that zaps the whole town of Lavagna into a Xmas crib.

The idea then is to meet this Saturday and walk from Sestri Levante to Lavagna: we’ll first follow the ancient Roman way and the footsteps of the unfortunate/fortunate medieval knight, that lost control of his horse while being spellbound by the landscape and fell into a cliff, only to be miraculously saved by a bush that stood in the way. As a token of gratitude, he had a chapel built for St Anna. Nowadays only ruins of the chapel remain, but we can still admire the landscape over the Gulf of Poets. We’ll then head up to the valley of watermills to Crocetta, before heading down to the lookout point of Santa Giulia, a natural balcony over the coast between Portofino and Sestri headlands. We’ll then follow the slate trail until Lavagna, where the Presepe do Bronzin awaits us.

Hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium) and should take around 3,5 hours, with 500 metres of elevation gain. It is well described on:
http://www.comune.lavagna.ge.it/sites/default/files/159-cartina_web.pdf

You may read more about the Lavagna Xmas crib on:
http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/eventi/2017/12/08/AScGWAZL-statuine_culturale_presepe.shtml

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

Let’s meet at the entrance of Sestri Levante station at 11:30 am. Please bring food with you, as the path starts from the opposite side of the town.

Recommended trains are:

— if you travel eastwards
REG 24529 10:10 Genova Principe (10:20 Genova Brignole) 11:28 Sestri Levante

— if you travel westwards
Regionale 24452 – 10:15 La Spezia Centrale – 11:19 Sestri Levante

— if you travel southwards
IC 1533 – 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:36 Sestri Levante (*)

Return may be around 6:00pm, from your favourite station between Lavagna and Chiavari (if you come from afar, definitely choose Chiavari!).

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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 Thursday.

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you can pay half price, provided you 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! (at +39 329 7203364)

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Saturday, 18th November

Recco

Given the fine and relatively warm weather,
is anyone up for one more hike in the Ligurian inland? This time we’ll be closer to the seaside: the idea is to try the high way of Tigullio and walk along the panoramic ridge between the coast and the Fontanabuona valley, from Uscio to Passo Serra.

The plan is to catch a bus from Recco to Uscio, town of clockmakers of Liguria (virtually every Ligurian bell tower clock has their Trebino or Terrile signature, even the Vatican uses them), and start by visiting the twin church of
Sant’Ambrogio (one is romanic and is a thousand years old, the other one is baroque), before heading up on the rolling hills of Passo dei Cassetti, which should allow us a relaxing and almost flat walk until Passo Spinarola, with views over the 2 Gulfs of Portofino Park. From Passo Spinarola, we’ll continue along the ridge to Passo Serra, where we’ll head down to Rapallo, via Chignero and Sant’Andrea di Foggia.

Since the hike doesn’t feature big elevation gains, we should have enough time. Which is good, as we never tried many parts of this trail. Along the way, we may have the chance to do two bonus hikes that are also lookout points: monte Tugio and Manico del Lume. Some of you might remember the latter one, as it featured an extraordinary viewpoint as well as a fun, albeit challenging, narrow trail secured with chains.

Hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium), with 200 metres elevation gain (300 if we go to Mt Tugio), however it becomes EE (hard), should we find the time and will to do the optional Manico del Lume hike.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.mappeliguria.com/TRK-GE-116-SpinarolaManicoLume.php
http://www.cailiguria.it/AVML/portale/it/raccordoview4a0a.html?contentId=RAC223
http://www.sentieriitaliani.it/3-escursione-8b-santuario-caravaggio-manico-del-lume-nostra-signora-montallegro-rapallo-anello-golfo-del-tigullio.htm (first part)
http://www.gulliver.it/gita/158639/

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

Let’s meet at the entrance of Recco train station around 10:55am. From there, we’ll take the 11:15 bus to Uscio.

Suggested trains are:

* for those travelling from Genova *

Regionale 24529
Genova Piazza Principe 10:10 Genova Brignole 10:20 Recco 10:55

* for those travelling westwards *

Regionale 11368
Sestri Levante 09:10 Recco 10:52

* for those travelling southwards *

IC 1533
Milano Centrale 08:10 S.Margherita Ligure 10:14
followed by Regionale 11368 S. Margherita Ligure 10:46 Recco 10:52

(from Milano, there’s also Regionale Veloce 2181: Milano Centrale 07:25 Milano Lambrate 07:32 Recco 09:51)

We’ll then catch the 11:15 bus from Recco to Uscio:
https://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201711130847/orari_ST/pagina.106g.pdf

Return will be from Rapallo, after 6pm.

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

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1” ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday.

If you’re younger than 26 or older than 60, you can have 30% off, provided you 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! (at +39 329 7203364)