Hiking in Zoagli, along old watermills and bell towers

Sunday, 3rd September 2017:

Zoagli

Is anyone up for having a twin hike this weekend? According to the mayor of Zoagli, the newly restored trails of Zoagli are possibly even more beautiful than those in Cinque Terre, since they offer more variety and better paving. As this is the last week where the so called “Treno del Mare” will connect Milano to Liguria, shall we find out this Sunday if the statement is true? The idea is to hike along the bell-tower trail, from Zoagli to Passo dell’Anchetta across the castle of Sam Benelli and the churches of St Peter and Semorile, and walk back along the mysterious “Giro della Barca”, that follows a stream and features some ancient water-mills.

Trail is easy/medium, has a vertical gain of 500 metres and should take around 3 hours, thus leaving us with plenty of time for swimming (possibly as far as to the cave of the priests)

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/from-zoagli/67-zoagli-semorile-san-pietro-di-rovereto-zoagli.html (in scary English)
http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/levante/2017/05/03/ASb3RlFH-sentieri_sindaco_altroche.shtml
(in Italian)
http://marcia5campanili.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/anello-marcia5campanili-2013-byALTEA.pdf
(in Italian)

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

On Sunday, let’s meet at 11:09 am at the entrance of Zoagli train station.

Suggested trains (*) are:

– if you travel eastwards:

Regionale 24499 – Genova Brignole 10:05 Zoagli 10:58

or (but you risk standing, since the train is coming from Milano)

REG 1731 – Genova Piazza Principe 10:24 (Genova Brignole 10:32) Zoagli 11:09

– if you travel westwards:

Regionale 11368 + Regionale 24499 – La Spezia Centrale 09:50 – Zoagli 10:58

– if you travel southwards:

REG 1731 – Milano Lambrate 08:26 (Milano Rogoredo 08:44) Zoagli 11:09

Return will be from Zoagli train station, probably 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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