Saturday, April 25th:
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)
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
IC 1533 (**) – 09:47 Genova Piazza Principe (09:56 Genova Brignole) 10:25 Rapallo
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!)
if you travel southwards:
REG 2181 – 07:25 Milano Centrale 09:58 Rapallo
(**) 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.
As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (at +39 329 7203364)