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? ūüôā

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‚Äôve never taken the group along this beautiful route since some stretches are rated as ‚Äúfor expert hikers‚ÄĚ, having slightly exposed passages. Don‚Äôt 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.

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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)
‚Äď http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/levante/2017/05/03/ASb3RlFH-sentieri_sindaco_altroche.shtml
(in Italian)
‚Äď 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:

‚Äď if you travel eastwards:

Regionale 24499 ‚Äď Genova Brignole 10:05 Zoagli 10:58

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

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

‚Äď if you travel westwards:

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

‚Äď if you travel southwards:

REG 1731 ‚Äď 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? ūüôā

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 ūüė¶

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)

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Sunday, 2nd July 2017:

Rapallo

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The firework show has been postponed ( http://www.festediluglio.it/2017/06/30/rinvio-spettacoli-pirotecnici/ ) due to the rough sea, sad but true! This means that our Sunday hike will be accompanied only by firecrackers, but none of those wonderful fireworks for which the Montallegro festival is famous. For those living in Liguria, you can catch the fireworks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night.

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As usual, it’s that time of the year when Rapallo gets ready to celebrate the anniversary of the apparition of Mary (on the Montallegro hills) with paintings on the ground and a colorful array of fireworks in the sky, both at day and at night. Shall we renew our tradition of hiking on a trail leading to the Montallegro shrine?

Since it shouldn’t be too hot and we haven’t treaded it for 6 years, I suggest hiking along a loop from Rapallo to Montallegro and back, following the pilgrim path on the way up and the diamond trail on the way down. This will allow us to see the midday fireworks while we’re going up and have our (more or less) secluded beach at the end of the hike (Pozzetto, on the borders between Rapallo and Zoagli).

Veterans of this group might remember this as one of five deadliest hikes in our history: the diamond-marked trail was in such bad conditions 6 years ago, that we had to fight our way through the brambles. Nowadays, I believe the path can be walked safely, since a few websites report it as being clean and even suitable for children of 7 years.

Highlights of the hike include: the Montallegro shrine, featuring the Byzantine portrait that the Virgin Mary herself supposedly gave to a peasant on July 2nd 1557, and is behind all celebrations; the S.Ambrogio shrine, which offers an impressive lookout point as well as fountain.

You may read more about the festival on:

http://www.festediluglio.it/
or
http://www.levantenews.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LUGLIO-2.jpg

As for the hike, it has 650 metres of elevation gain, it should take 3,5 hours and I would say it has E (medium) difficulty (given the trouble we had 6 years ago). For more info, you can refer to:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/it/da-rapallo/46-rapallo-sant-ambrogio-montallegro-rapallo.html
or
http://www.xinformare.org/xinformare_percorsi/schede.php?name=rap_ambrogio_mont

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

On Sunday, July 2nd, let’s meet at the main entrance of Rapallo train station at 11:05. We’ll then walk to the opposite side of the station, since the trail starts from there.

Suggested trains are:

— if you travel eastwards

REG 24499 – 10:05 Genova Brignole – 10:53 Rapallo

(or the treno del mare from Milano)

— if you travel westwards

REG 11368 – 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:41 Rapallo

— if you travel southwards (*)(**)
IC 1533 – 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:19 Rapallo
or
REG 1731 (treno mare) – 8:26 Milano Lambrate – 11:04 Rapallo

Return will be from Rapallo, feel free to choose any train from 6pm to midnight: if you wish to stay for the firework show, it’s at 11pm

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(*) If you catch the IC train, there’s the Special 3√ó2 offer, provided you buy the ticket before 23:59 of Friday

(**) If you‚Äôre younger than 26 (i.e. if you‚Äôre 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‚Äôt registered yet, send me a message and I can send you an invitation (of course, you can also register on your own‚Ķ but an invitation would grant us both a 10 euro voucher ūüôā
In order to get the discount, remember to buy the ticket before 23:59 of Saturday.

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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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Sunday, 18th June 2017:

Levanto

As the Montallegro festival (2 weeks from now) makes it impossible to alternate hiking weekends, let’s have a second consecutive hike&swim, and take a break next week. Besides, the summer heat calls for some more swimming! and, when swimming is the goal, is there any better place than Framura?

The idea is to meetup, shortly after 11am, at the train station of Levanto: from there we’ll either take the pedestrian tunnel or the panoramic path that crosses the Francesca resort (if the resort doesn’t complain) and leads to Bonassola.

Once we’re in Bonassola, we can check out what they are doing (according to their website, special celebrations will be held for the Corpus Domini) before moving on to the village of Montaretto (where supposedly the gattafin festival takes place this weekend. For those who didn’t know it yet, the gattafin are herb-filled fried ravioli, that can only be found in the Levanto region: since we’ll arrive before the party begins, will we succeed in convincing them to make some gattafin for us? ).

After Montaretto we’ll reconnect to trail #1 and walk on until Framura. Trail is rated as T/E (easy/medium) and should feature enough water taps to quench everyone’s thirst; it is well described on http://www.comune.bonassola.sp.it/c011005/zf/index.php/servizi-aggiuntivi/index/index/idtesto/34

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

By 4pm we’ll likely be in Framura, where we can either swim in the snorkeling paradise of Porto Pidocchio or have a swim&beer at the beach of Torsei, just below the train station..

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

On Sunday, 18th June, 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
+
REG 24459: Sestri Levante 10:41 Levanto 11:14

or

IC 1533 (***) (**): 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 1533 (***) (**)
08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:58 Levanto

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Return will be from Framura station, around 6pm.

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For those who are catching IC trains:
(***) just this Sunday, there will be the Special 2×1 offer, provided you buy the ticket before 23:59 of Friday

(**) 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 ūüôā )
In order to get the discount, remember to buy the ticket before 23:59 of Saturday.

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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)