Sunday, June 12th 2016:
Tradition has it that, when it comes to organizing a hike in the Riviera di Ponente (western Riviera), I take the lead from Andy 🙂
This time our walk will start from Spotorno. After an easy stretch across the hill dominated by the castle of Monte Ursino, we will reach Noli, one of the five ancient Marine Republics of Italy, where we’ll stroll through the picturesque alleys of its old town. Then, we will take the trail that leads to Capo Noli, walking through olive groves and gaining height over the cliffs.
We will have a short detour, leading us to the grotta dei Falsari, the cavern of the Counterfeiters – also known as cave of Brigands – which is not actually a cavern, but rather a rocky hollow overlooking the sea with a spectacular semi-circular opening of 25 meters in diameter. This cave was created by the water and then shaped by the sea; today it stands 100 meters above sea level. This cavern will be our lunch spot.
After reaching Capo Noli (280 m), the highest point of our hike, we will head down to Varigotti, following a path over the cliffs. Along the trail the view over the coastline is marvelous, spanning, on clear days, from Tuscany to the island of Corsica. The bay below, the Bay of the Saracens, is considered one of the best places to have a swim in Liguria.
Then, we will descend through the promontory of Punta Crena down to Varigotti, a picturesque fishing village, the “surprise of the Riviera di Ponente”! All the villages look similar with the exception of Varigotti, no surprise that episodes of Diabolik and even Donald Duck were set in Varigotti. There, we can relax at the beach before taking the bus to Finale Ligure train station.
Return will be from Finale Ligure (around 6 pm). I recommend buying also the return ticket to avoid any hassle, should we have to run to catch the train.
The total distance covered will be around 10 km, with a vertical gain of 280 m. The path is medium-easy.
Meeting point: Spotorno-Noli train station at 11:45
Trains from Genova:
R 34768 Genova Brignole 10:03
R 1758 Savona 11:39 (arriving to Spotorno-Noli at 11:47)
Trains from Milano Garibaldi:
R 1759 8:46 (magically becomes R 1758 after Genova)
08:46 Milano Porta Garibaldi
08:56 08:58 Milano Lambrate
09:09 09:11 Milano Rogoredo
09:29 09:38 Pavia