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Saturday, May 28th 2016:

 
Sestri Levante

 

Sunday may be a bit rainy, but Saturday seems to promise fine weather again; since it has been a while since we conquered a mountain peak, shall we venture up to the top of Mt Treggin (870 mt), to have a bird’s-eye view of the levante riviera of Liguria? The mountain has an imposing shape, as it looms over the Casarza Ligure hamlet of Bargone, and distinctive colors, thanks to its almost alpine vegetation and richness of minerals. Best of all, it offers impressive views over the Ligurian sea and the mountains of the inland, as well as a prehistoric lake.

This time we’ll try to make the loop a bit shorter than 2 years ago: for going, we’ll see if we can benefit from the bus from Casarza to Bargone, while for walking back we’ll definitely try the Casarza-Bargone trail, moreover as it passes by the old medieval church of S.Giovanni Battista.
The hamlet of Bargone is medieval itself and is famous for its round arches and marble staircases (and, apparently, for the strawberries).

Hike is rated as E (medium), has a vertical gain of 800 mt (or 500 mt, if we manage to use the bus) and should take around 4 hours. We’ll return by catching a bus from Casarza Ligure.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.ucamgenova.org/schede/app_ligure/treggin.htm (but we won’t go beyond Mt Treggin, we’ll do a shorter loop by passing through Campo Albaro)
http://www.zainoinspalla.it/schede/monte_treggin.asp

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

On Saturday, May 29th, let’s meet at the entrance of Sestri Levante train station at 10:45, as there are buses leaving for Casarza Ligure at 11:00 and 11:26. Of course, 11:00 should be our first pick, so don’t let the coffee bars in front of the station abduct you!

Recommended trains are (**)

– if you’re travelling eastwards:

REG 2181 – Genova Piazza Principe 09:12 (Genova Brignole 09:21) Sestri Levante 10:30
or
IC 1533 (*) – Genova Piazza Principe 09:47 (Genova Brignole 09:56) Sestri Levante 10:42

– if you’re travelling westwards:

REG 2295 – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 Sestri Levante 10:20

– if you’re travelling southwards:

REG 2181: Milano Centrale 07:25 (Lambrate 7:32 Rogoredo 7:38) Sestri Levante 10:30

Return will be from Sestri Levante, perhaps around 6pm. Or later, if you wish to have a quick swim in the sea.

Bus timetable: https://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201605160927/orari_TOR/pagina.110.pdf

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(**) For those who will vote on June 5th: don’t forget that you can travel by train with 70% discount ( http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom/Informazioni/Elettori )
if you travel from your favourite resort to Milano with your return trip and then go back to your favourite resort 1-2 weeks later. Hope this makes sense, otherwise let me know:-)

(*) 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. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.

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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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Speaking of telephone, if you love travelling abroad be careful if your phone provider is “Wind”: one sms might cost you up to 2 euro(!!!), if you don’t disable the option that got automatically(!) added to your account 2 days ago (see thegoodcodeinn.blogspot.com/2016/04/wind-disabilita-leurotariffa-che-manco.html for more info)

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Saturday, May 21st 2016:

 
Deiva Marina

 
Two grand openings are featured this weekend, they’re both great news for the hiking group: the Genova-Casella railway will be up and running again (and it was about time, after 3 years!), the seafront promenade of Framura will be complete.

Given that we all love the Framurese nature and hamlets (they recently even made it to the top49 list on https://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/49-italian-villages-that-should-be-on-your-bucket-list ), let’s have a hike in the intricate woods of Mt Serro (i.e. the area between Deiva Marina and Framura) and beta-test the seafront promenade, while leaving the railway for another week. So far, on the previous episodes of the Deiva-Framura hikes we stumbled upon traces of ancient civilization, cork trees, cherry trees, a swamp filled with yellow flowers, a mystery door, a snake falling over the hiking party and mating toads: for sure, the Deiva-Framura area is no boring place and always offers plenty of wonders.

If we’re more than 10 people, let’s head out to the lookout point of Punta Apicchi. Last time we went there was 5 years ago: back then, it was scorching hot and the botanical garden was totally withered. Things should be quite different this time, as the temperature has been unusually low.
In case we’re fewer than 10, we might consider doing the alternative trail from S.Agata to Framura, which is always enchanting, because of the views and the yellow flowers (but can only be done if we fit inside a mini-bus)

Will the sea be warm enough to have a swim? Maybe this time it will, although I’m not sure if the sea temperature will reach 20 degrees!

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.ambienteinliguria.it/eco3/DTS_PUBBLICAZIONI/20071018/rivieraspezzina.pdf

and about the newly opened waterfront on:
http://www.101giteinliguria.it/la-nuova-passeggiata-di-framura/

Overall, hike takes around 3 hours, has 350 mt of vertical gain and is rated as T/E (easy/medium).

Return will be from Framura railway station, we’ll probably get there around 4-5pm.

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How to get to Deiva Marina, and how to come back alive:

On Saturday, May 21st, let’s meet at 10:55 am at the entrance of Deiva Marina railway station

Suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

Reg2181 + Reg23603
09:12 Genova Piazza Principe (09:21 Genova Brignole) 10:49 Deiva Marina

– if you’re travelling westwards

Reg23602
10:10 La Spezia Centrale – 10:55 Deiva Marina
(don’t be fooled by Trenitalia to take a train to Sestri Levante and back to Deiva!)

– if you’re travelling southwards

REG 2181 + Reg23603
07:25 Milano Centrale (07:32 Milano Lambrate 07:38 Milano Rogoredo) 10:49 Deiva Marina

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If you come from afar, you might want to take advantage of IC trains to go back (of course, there’s no IC train in Framura, but you might find it from nearby Levanto or Sestri Levante): 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.

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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Speaking of telephone, if you love travelling abroad be careful if your phone provider is “Wind”: one sms might cost you up to 2 euro(!!!), if you don’t disable the option that got automatically(!) added to your account 2 days ago (see thegoodcodeinn.blogspot.com/2016/04/wind-disabilita-leurotariffa-che-manco.html for more info)

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Saturday, May 7th 2016:

 
S.Margherita Ligure

 
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, let’s pick it as hiking day. Two big statues, made of wooden junk, will be 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 propose walking from S.Margherita Ligure to Camogli, via Pietre Strette and Toca, as it will allow us to conquer two lookout points with one trail: Rocca dei Falchi (“rock of the hawks”) and Semaforo Nuovo (the “new lighthouse”). Since we never saw the Rock of the Hawks before, it might be the right time to discover it; you may learn more about it on http://www.parcoportofino.com/parcodiportofino/fr/readnews.page?contentId=NEW5951#.VynPO4SLTDf

Once we’re in Semaforo Nuovo, we can decide whether to walk down to Camogli or walk to the Punta Chiappa headland and catch a boat to Camogli. Will the sea be warm enough to have a swim? Maybe not, but we can keep an eye on the sea temperature and decide later!

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/from-s-margherita-ligure/85-santa-margherita-ligure-camogli.html (it might be slightly different between Pietre Strette and Semaforo Nuovo)

and about the festival on:
http://www.camogliedintorni.it/Fal%C3%B2.html

Overall, hike takes around 3 hours, has 400 mt of vertical gain and is rated as T/E (easy/medium).

Return will be from Camogli. We’ll probably arrive there around 5pm. 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.

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

On Saturday, May 7th, let’s meet at 10:30 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone)

Suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

IC 657: 09:47 Genova Piazza Principe (09:56 Brignole) 10:20 S. Margherita Ligure (*)

or

REG 2181: 09:12 Genova Piazza Principe – 09:54 S. Margherita Ligure

– if you’re travelling westwards

REG24454 + REG11240 08:19 La Spezia Centrale – 10:20 S. Margherita Ligure

You may also catch 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 11:03 S. Margherita Ligure, if you do so please
let me know! (we can meet by a bakery in S.Margherita Ligure)

– if you’re travelling 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

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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. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.

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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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Speaking of telephone, if you love travelling abroad be careful if your phone provider is “Wind”: one sms might cost you up to 2 euro(!!!), if you don’t disable the option that got automatically(!) added to your account 2 days ago (see thegoodcodeinn.blogspot.com/2016/04/wind-disabilita-leurotariffa-che-manco.html for more info)

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Sunday, April 24th 2016:

 
Chiavari

 
If you haven’t made plans for the upcoming long weekend yet, would you be up for a classical “Chiavari-Montallegro” hike on Sunday?

As the weather is quite uncertain (some websites predict sunshine, others foresee clouds with rain), this is a hike that should fit all possibilities. In fact, there are several trails leading from Chiavari to Montallegro, some run inside the woods, while others follow the coast.

As for the Montallegro church, legend has it that, on July 2nd 1557, the Virgin Mary appeared in front of a weary peasant and handed him a Byzantine portrait.

Rumours about the miracle quickly spread, so a church was built soon and the Byzantine portrait has been kept there ever since. Twice it got taken away, and twice it magically disappeared, only to reappear on its own in the church of Montallegro.

Goal for this Sunday is to retrace the peasant’s footsteps and have a hike on the Montallegro mountain. We’ll likely follow the trail described on http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/trekking-da-rapallo/89-rapallo-montallegro-chiavari.html (we’ll start from Chiavari and end in Montallegro, where we’ll be able to comfortably head down by taking the only cableway in Liguria)

Hike is rated as T/E, has a vertical gain of 600 mt and takes around 3 hours.

Return from Rapallo will be around 5:30pm. Or later, if you prefer.

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

Let’s meet at the entrance of Chiavari train station at 10:30.

Suggested trains are:

* if you’re travelling eastwards:

1A) IC1533 – 09:47 Genova Piazza Principe (09:56 Genova Brignole) 10:34 Chiavari (*)
or
1B) REG2181 – 09:12 Genova Piazza Principe (09:21 Genova Brignole) 10:06 Chiavari

* if you’re travelling westwards:

2A) REG 2296 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:29 Chiavari

* if you’re travelling southwards:

3A) IC1533 – 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:34 Chiavari (*)
or
3B) REG2181 – 07:25 Milano Centrale – 10:06 Chiavari

Return will be after 6pm from Rapallo (*)

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(*) If you have a travel buddy, remember that you can benefit from the “buy 1 and get 1 free” offer, provided you buy the “2×1” special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Friday. The offer is valid on all fast (non regional) trains on Sunday
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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)
***************************************
Speaking of telephone, if you love travelling abroad be careful if your phone provider is “Wind”: one sms might cost you up to 2 euro(!!!), if you don’t disable the option that got automatically(!) added to your account 2 days ago (see thegoodcodeinn.blogspot.com/2016/04/wind-disabilita-leurotariffa-che-manco.html for more info)