Lavagna-Sestri… on the way to Siena?

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Saturday, August 27th 2016:

 
Levanto

 
As we approach the end of summer holidays, shall we resume the hikes? The idea is to explore the so called “Levanto maze”, a complex net of trails that connects the many hamlets in the Levanto inland.

On the previous installment (last autumn) we ventured across the eastern side of town (you might remember Fabio dashing through the Bardellone-S.Bartolomeo-Ridarolo trail faster than Usain Bolt, in order to catch the last train to Rimini); this time we’ll continue by hiking further on, from Ridarolo on to Montale, Dosso and Lavaggiorosso.

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

We’ll stumble across water mills, wind mills, quaint portals and, best of all, many fountains, which will spare us from having to carry heavy bottles of water.

Hike is very well described on:

http://www.magix-website.com/mppo21/50/D4B/D4BBA0A08A4911E5AB0E479A8219F33A.pdf
and
http://www.nuovogarden.com/trekking-andar-per-borghi/
(in both cases, we’ll just do the 2nd part)
http://www.altravistalevanto.it/Res/LabirintoSvelato01.pdf (the “maze” map)

We’ll likely get back to Levanto at 4pm, with still plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling. If you’re in no hurry to go back home, you might even want to spend the evening in Levanto, as a nice music festival takes place in the cloister of S.Giacomo ( http://www.festivalamfiteatrof.com/ )

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

On Saturday, let’s meet at the entrance of Levanto train station at 11:47 (or on the front coach of the “regionale 33831” train from Genova Brignole)

Recommended trains are (*):

— if you travel eastwards

Regionale 11367 – 10:35 Genova Brignole 11:47 Levanto

— if you travel westwards

Regionale 23604 – 11:10 La Spezia Centrale 11:40 Levanto

— if you travel southwards

REG 2137 – 07:25 Milano Centrale 09:38 Genova Nervi
+
Reg 11367 – 10:47 Genova Nervi 11:47 Levanto
(but you may pick Santa Margherita or Rapallo or Sestri Levante for changing trains, if you prefer)

Return from Levanto may be around 5-6pm (or later, if you stay for the concert at S.Giacomo). Please bring food and water with you, so that we can start hiking right away!

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(*) For those who are catching IC or FB trains:

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 discounts as high as 50%, if you 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 🙂 )
In order to get the discount, remember to buy the ticket before 23:59 of Friday.

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