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Saturday October 22nd, 2016:

 
Levanto

 
If you can recognize the event’s cover picture ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1111319588922062/ ), you’ve been around the group for quite a while! Back then, it was autumn of 2010 and this was one of the first hikes of our group: we were just starting the hike from Levanto to Monterosso, when this little mouse poked out of the sewer grate to greet us.

6 years later, the time may be right to hike again from Levanto to
Monterosso. They restored the walk along the old city walls, so it might be interesting to try them ourselves. The idea is to follow the medieval walls up to the clock tower, then take new trail #22 to Colla dei Bagari. From Colla dei Bagari, we’ll head down towards the sea, to admire the coast of the Cinque Terre from the Punta Mesco headland. We’ll also be able to discover how they restored the ruins of Punta Mesco this year.

A second lookout point, Mt Focone, (just before Punta Mesco) will likely provide the ideal lunch spot for our hike.

Weather forecast is uncertain; it is said that the farther we’re from Genova, the better the weather: let’s hope we’ll be far enough to enjoy some sunshine! (and, if you dare facing a sea temperature of 20 degrees, possibly have the last swim of the year?)

Trail should take 3,5 hours and is rated as T/E (easy/medium), with a vertical gain of 450 metres.

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

Let’s meet at 11:16am at the entrance of Levanto train station.

Suggested trains to Levanto:

— if you travel eastwards
REG 2181+23603 – 09:12 Genova Piazza Principe – 11:16 Levanto

OR

IC 1533 (*) – Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 09:56) Levanto 10:58

— if you travel westwards
REG 21188 – 10:20 La Spezia Centrale – 10:50 Levanto

— if you travel southwards
IC 35033 (*) – 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:58 Levanto

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You may read more about the hike on:

http://www.cittadellaspezia.com/La-Spezia/Attualita/A-Levanto-recuperato-l-antico-percorso-218554.aspx (the walls restored)
http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/iti_dettaglio.php?id_iti=3466
(the first part)
http://www.lecinqueterre.org/trekking/cai10.php (second part)

Return will be from Monterosso (we’ll get there around 4:30-5:00pm)

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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.

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

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Sunday, October 9th, 2016:

 
S.Margherita Ligure

 
Could this possibly be the weekend of Madonna dei Gotti? For some strange reason, there’s almost no reference on the web, apart from a link on the Camogli Tourism website; even googling for Camogli chestnuts, rustie or caldarroste doesn’t return anything!

Anyway, I would trust what the Camogli tourism website says: shall we hike from S.Margherita to Camogli this Sunday… and find out whether there’s a festival or not?
For those who didn’t know it, the festival celebrates the “Madonna dei Gotti”, a statue which can be found in a little alley of Camogli and is said to watch over the fishermen, who thank her for the protection and, at least in the past, used to gather around her and celebrate with a glass of wine the return from the sea.

Nowadays, the festival features lots of roasted chestnuts, wine and beer. So it’s always worth stopping by!

As for the hike, I propose walking from S.Margherita Ligure to Camogli, via Bocche, Felciara, Molini and Pietre Strette, so as to try a new trail. Hike should take around 3 hours, has 400 mt of vertical gain and is rated as T/E (easy/medium). Depending on our timing, we may choose to go to Camogli via Gaixella (shorter) or via Toca ( panoramic but longer)

You may read more about the bits of hike on:
http://www.parcoportofino.com/parcodiportofino/en/descrizione_segmenti_sentieri.page#.V_bwF_l97IU

and about the festival on:
http://www.camogliturismo.it/?event_id1=293

Return will be from Camogli. We’ll probably arrive there around 5pm. Weather is expected to be partly cloudly, partly sunny, with a sea that’s still warm and calm: in other words, it’s not a crime nor an act of madness if you bring your swimming stuff!

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

On Sunday, let’s meet at 11:05 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone)

Suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

Reg 11367: 09:47 10:35 Genova Brignole – 11:04 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling westwards

REG2296 + REG11244 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 11:03 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling southwards

REG 2181: 07:25 Milano Centrale ( Milano Lambrate 07:32) 09:54 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

or

IC 35033 (*): 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:20 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

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(*) For those who are catching IC 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 a 50% discount, 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 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)