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Saturday, 18th November

Recco

Given the fine and relatively warm weather,
is anyone up for one more hike in the Ligurian inland? This time we’ll be closer to the seaside: the idea is to try the high way of Tigullio and walk along the panoramic ridge between the coast and the Fontanabuona valley, from Uscio to Passo Serra.

The plan is to catch a bus from Recco to Uscio, town of clockmakers of Liguria (virtually every Ligurian bell tower clock has their Trebino or Terrile signature, even the Vatican uses them), and start by visiting the twin church of
Sant’Ambrogio (one is romanic and is a thousand years old, the other one is baroque), before heading up on the rolling hills of Passo dei Cassetti, which should allow us a relaxing and almost flat walk until Passo Spinarola, with views over the 2 Gulfs of Portofino Park. From Passo Spinarola, we’ll continue along the ridge to Passo Serra, where we’ll head down to Rapallo, via Chignero and Sant’Andrea di Foggia.

Since the hike doesn’t feature big elevation gains, we should have enough time. Which is good, as we never tried many parts of this trail. Along the way, we may have the chance to do two bonus hikes that are also lookout points: monte Tugio and Manico del Lume. Some of you might remember the latter one, as it featured an extraordinary viewpoint as well as a fun, albeit challenging, narrow trail secured with chains.

Hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium), with 200 metres elevation gain (300 if we go to Mt Tugio), however it becomes EE (hard), should we find the time and will to do the optional Manico del Lume hike.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.mappeliguria.com/TRK-GE-116-SpinarolaManicoLume.php
http://www.cailiguria.it/AVML/portale/it/raccordoview4a0a.html?contentId=RAC223
http://www.sentieriitaliani.it/3-escursione-8b-santuario-caravaggio-manico-del-lume-nostra-signora-montallegro-rapallo-anello-golfo-del-tigullio.htm (first part)
http://www.gulliver.it/gita/158639/

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

Let’s meet at the entrance of Recco train station around 10:55am. From there, we’ll take the 11:15 bus to Uscio.

Suggested trains are:

* for those travelling from Genova *

Regionale 24529
Genova Piazza Principe 10:10 Genova Brignole 10:20 Recco 10:55

* for those travelling westwards *

Regionale 11368
Sestri Levante 09:10 Recco 10:52

* for those travelling southwards *

IC 1533
Milano Centrale 08:10 S.Margherita Ligure 10:14
followed by Regionale 11368 S. Margherita Ligure 10:46 Recco 10:52

(from Milano, there’s also Regionale Veloce 2181: Milano Centrale 07:25 Milano Lambrate 07:32 Recco 09:51)

We’ll then catch the 11:15 bus from Recco to Uscio:
https://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201711130847/orari_ST/pagina.106g.pdf

Return will be from Rapallo, after 6pm.

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

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1” ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday.

If you’re younger than 26 or older than 60, you can have 30% off, provided 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! (at +39 329 7203364)

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Saturday, 11th November

Chiavari

It seems like rain will give us a break, and the so called St.Martin’s summer will offer us a very sunny Saturday. Shall we return to Val d’Aveto, one year later?

It’s probably our last chance (before the winter) to hike in the so called “Ligurian Switzerland”: the idea this time is to head back to the Giacopiane lakes, a remote region where the vegetation is almost alpine and wild horses roam free, and from there hike up to the panoramic peak (1100mt) of Mt Bregaceto.

Hike features 550 metres of elevation gain (the starting point is Villa Jensi, some 600 metres above sea level, while the lakes are 1000 metre high), takes about 3,5 hours and is rated as “T/E” (easy/medium).

Can’t write more, as my PC refuses to boot and writing on a tablet is not so enjoyable 🙂 However, you may read more about the hike on:

http://www.giacopiane.com/bertigaro_giacopiane.html
http://luoghidasogno.altervista.org/Montagna/ValdAveto/Bregaceto.htm
http://www.101giteinliguria.it/il-lago-di-giacopiane-e-i-cavalli-selvaggi-dell-aveto-wild-horsewatching/
https://montiliguri.weebly.com/campori-bregaceto.html
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How to get to Bertigaro/Villa Jensi and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at 11:15 am at the entrance of Chiavari station.

From there, we’ll take the 11:36 bus to Bertigaro/Villa Jensi. As we’ll be a bit short in time, please bring food with you! (of course, you may also get it in Chiavari,if you arrive early)

For coming back, I suggest catching the 17:35 bus from Bertigaro/Villa Jensi. Alternatively, there’s also the 19:30 bus (those who came to the Ramaceto hike know what this means!)

For more details about the bus, please refer to:
https://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201711070943/orari_TC/11_a_r_fer_fes.pdf

As for Chiavari, recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards
REG 24529 – 10:10 Genova Principe 10:20 Genova Brignole – 11:18 Chiavari

* if you travel westwards:
REG 11368 – 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:33 Chiavari

* if you travel southwards:
IC 1533 Milano Centrale 08:10 – Chiavari 10:28 (**)

Return will be from Chiavari station, probably around 6:30pm.

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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 can pay half price, provided 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! (at +39 329 7203364)