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Sunday, July 26th:

 
Camogli

 
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:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/lang-en/mappa/34-san-lorenzo-della-costa-portofino-vetta.html (in scary English)
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/lang-it/trekking-da-rapallo/94-rapallo-san-lorenzo-della-costa.html (in Italian)

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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.

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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, July 5th:

 
Rapallo

 
Although I’m no precog from Minority Report and can’t predict whether Friday’s show will be a blast or a disappointment, I’ll optimistically assume that we’ll enjoy it.

If the hypothesis is correct, shall we wrap up the Montallegro weekend by hiking in the place that started the festival tradition?

Legend has it that, on July 2nd 1557, a peasant was returning to the mountains, after shopping at the market of Rapallo. As he was tired and thirsty, he fell asleep on a rock. However, his sleep didn’t last long: he was awoken by the Virgin Mary, who handed him a Byzantine portrait and told him to return to Rapallo and tell the people that a church was to be built by the rock where she had appeared.

Eventually, a church was built 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 (where, apparently, the magic portrait will be displayed and carried around on a small procession).

More specifically, we’ll walk from Rapallo to Zoagli, via passo dell’Anchetta and S.Pietro di Rovereto. Hike is rated T/E, has a vertical gain of 600 mt and takes around 4 hours; should the temperature be too high, we can cut the hike by taking the cable car up to Montallegro… and then do the 2 hour descent to Zoagli. Once we’re in Zoagli, a long sea promenade offers us plenty of spots where to swim: the cave of the Priest is one of them.

Return from Zoagli will be around 5 pm. Or later, if you prefer.

The trail is described on:
http://www.comune.zoagli.ge.it/?q=it%2Fnode%2F283 (in Italian, it’s a bit #1 and a bit #2)

More about the festival:
http://www.festediluglio.it/

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

Let’s meet at the entrance of Rapallo train station at 11:06.

Suggested trains are:

— if you travel eastwards
REG 34023 – Genova Piazza Principe 10:05 (Genova Brignole 10:14) Rapallo 10:58

— if you travel westwards
Reg 2296 – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 – Rapallo 10:50

— if you travel southwards
Reg 1731 – Milano Lambrate 08:28 Rapallo 11:06 (*)

We’ll return from Zoagli

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(*) since Trenitalia’s rules never fail to surprise us, apparently it is forbidden to board this train in Liguria. You can only get off, but you can’t hop aboard, say, in Genova

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

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Saturday, July 4th

 
Sestri Levante

 
They say it’s going to be hot. Very hot. The blazes of hell will engulf Liguria, penguin icecreams will melt in zero seconds and people will flinch at the idea of poking the nose out of their air-conditioned home. Should we also stay home?

Of course not! so let’s have a short hike on Saturday in the Sestri Levante area, by the Bay of Silence, and a longer one on Sunday (**).

The idea, for Saturday’s minihike, is to try the only trail that we’re yet missing: the one that connects Sestri Levante to the super-panoramic Punta Manara, via the parcours vita and a bunch of marble statues. We’ll then return to our starting point through the usual trail that leads down to the historical center of Sestri Levante.

Once we’re back in Sestri, we may have a refreshing dive in the Bay of Silence: bring your goggles! as the so called “Blue Mile” (a 1850mt long sea path delimited by buoys, that was opened three years ago and goes as far as to Punta Manara) awaits us. Of course, we won’t swim that far. Still, it will be an adventure to explore the Sestri-P.Manara area both by land and by water.

Hike is rated as “T” (easy), takes 2 or 2,5 hours and has a vertical gain of barely 150 metres
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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 10:42 am. Recommended trains are:

— if you travel eastwards
REG 2181 – Genova P. Principe 09:12 (Genova Brignole 09:21) Sestri Levante 10:30
or
IC 1533 (*) – Genova P.Principe 09:47 (Genova Brignole 09:56) Sestri Levante 10:42

— if you travel westwards
Reg 2296 – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 – Sestri Levante 10:31

— if you travel southwards
Reg 2181 – Milano Centrale 07:25 Sestri Levante 10:30

Return may be around 2:30pm, if you’re in a hurry, or 6 or 7pm… in which case, we’ll have plenty of time to swim or do whatever we wish in Sestri Levante.

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More about the hike:
http://www.mytravelguide.com/attractions/profile-79421905-Italy_Genoa_Gita_Sestri_Levante_Punta_Manara.html (in English)
http://www.natura2000liguria.it/sic73/itinerario3.htm (in italiano)
http://www.comune.sestri-levante.ge.it/inaugurazione-del-miglio-blu-di-sestri-levante-un-percorso-vivere-ed-esplorare-il-mare-sicurezza (the blue mile)
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cartina_sentieri_punta_manara.jpg (the map)

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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 Friday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.
Tickets might be sold out in the morning, but they will certainly be available in the afternoon.

(**) For those who would like to hike on Sunday: will post the hike tomorrow, but it will likely be Rapallo-Zoagli, so as to link it with the Montallegro festival that’s taking place this Friday in Rapallo. Speaking of which, if anyone is planning to attend the Montallegro festival this Friday evening (July 3rd), let me know: we can have a small gathering to watch the show together

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

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Saturday, June 13th:

 
Levanto

 
Three weeks after completing the quest for the yellow flowers in Framura, are you ready for a new hike? This weekend there won’t be any train strikes, however the weather is currently difficult to predict. Since it seems that Saturday is the best day and the sun has more chance of shining towards the far east of Liguria ( the more to the east, the better… ), I suggest meeting for a hike in Levanto.

As Levanto has a reputation for having the most trails in Liguria (so many, that on the Levanto website they promote its hiking map as “the unveiled trail maze of Levanto”, see http://www.comune.levanto.sp.it/mappe/i_sentieri.html ), I’m sure we’ll find a trail that is suitable for the weather.

If the sun is out and the sea is not too rough, I suggest doing a twin hike: http://www.101giteinliguria.it/le-scogliere-della-francesca
and the “hop of the hare” loop. We already know plenty about the second hike and the sad story of the “brave hare” (or braveheart?) that chose to die free rather than live in captivity. Instead, the first hike is pretty much new: we walked probably one third of it once upon a time, but never completed it. It’s a trail that is a bit exposed, so it’s not recommended for those who are afraid of heights. On the other hand, since it’s a trail that’s allegedly suitable for kids, I don’t expect it to be tremendously hard either.

Should the weather be more promising towards the east, we can do the Levanto-Punta Mesco-Levanto loop instead (i.e. trail 14 +1 , see http://www.comune.levanto.sp.it/uploaded_files/attachments/201307151373903615/3819mappa_sentieri.pdf ).

Either way, hike should take around 3 hours and is rated as T/E (easy/medium).

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

On Saturday 13th, let’s meet at 11:11am at the entrance of Levanto train station.

Suggested trains to Levanto:

— if you travel eastwards or southwards

IC 1533 (*) – Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 09:56) Levanto 10:57

OR

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

Incidentally, both trains leave from Milano.

— if you travel westwards
REG 24488 – La Spezia Centrale 10:06 Levanto 10:34

(*) For those who are catching IC trains:

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “Speciale 2×1″ ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Friday. 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! (+39 329 7203364)