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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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