Saturday, 30th September 2017
Summer may have waved goodbye but, as the sea is still swimmable, shall we remain on the coast and have one last hike&swim? So far, the weather forecast seems favourable, the sea will be much quieter than 2 weeks ago, plus there will even be the Madonna del Rosario festival, taking place in Bonassola. The festival ( http://www.infobonassola.com ) is a visual treat, since it involves candles on the sea and a firework show, and usually is not so crowded, so it should be possible to comfortably watch it from the beach.
The idea is to meetup, shortly after 11am, at the train station of Levanto: from there we’ll take the panoramic path to Bonassola, via Scernio. From the church of San Giorgio, we’ll head north to the hamlet of Reggimonti, whose we’ll find an old church containing the Madonna del Rosario, that the festival pays tribute to.
We’ll then head south to Bonassola, via the Hop of the Hare lookout point. Should we have time, we can also take the small detour to the green/red beach of Sca, so as to improve the swimming experience.
Total hiking time is approx 3,5 hours (plus half an hour, if we head down to Sca), vertical gain is around 300 metres, trail is rated as T/E (although the descent to Sca is E/EE as it’s steep and even features a rope. However, it’s not dangerous at all).
By 5-6pm we’ll likely be in Bonassola, in time for the festival ( http://www.mentelocale.it/la-spezia/eventi/57908-festa-della-madonna-del-rosario-di-bonassola.htm )
How to get to Levanto, and how to come back alive:
On Saturday, 30th September, let’s meet at Levanto train station at 11:14 am.
Recommended trains are:
* if you travel eastwards
REG 2181: Genova Piazza Principe 09:11 (Genova Brignole 09:20) Sestri Levante 10:28
REG 24459: Sestri Levante 10:41 Levanto 11:14
IC 35833 (***) (**): Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 9:56) Levanto 10:58
* if you travel westwards
REG 24452: La Spezia Centrale 10:15 Levanto 10:44
* if you travel southwards:
IC 35833 (***) (**) 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:58 Levanto
Return will be from Bonassola station, at 11:45pm if you intend to
watch the firework show. Otherwise, 5 or 6pm.
For those who are catching IC trains:
(***) both on Saturday and on Sunday, there will be the Special 2×1 offer, provided you buy the ticket two days in advance, before 23:59
(**) 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 30% discount, if you catch the IC train and 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.
As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (for example, at +39 329 7203364)