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Saturday, 16th December 2017

Sestri Levante

Shall we keep up with the tradition of combining our pre-Xmas hike with a Xmas crib? Taking into account that there’s a train strike on Sunday and (it seems) they’re not ready yet with the Manarola lit nativity scene in the Cinque Terre, I would suggest paying a visit to the “Presepe do Bronzin”, that zaps the whole town of Lavagna into a Xmas crib.

The idea then is to meet this Saturday and walk from Sestri Levante to Lavagna: we’ll first follow the ancient Roman way and the footsteps of the unfortunate/fortunate medieval knight, that lost control of his horse while being spellbound by the landscape and fell into a cliff, only to be miraculously saved by a bush that stood in the way. As a token of gratitude, he had a chapel built for St Anna. Nowadays only ruins of the chapel remain, but we can still admire the landscape over the Gulf of Poets. We’ll then head up to the valley of watermills to Crocetta, before heading down to the lookout point of Santa Giulia, a natural balcony over the coast between Portofino and Sestri headlands. We’ll then follow the slate trail until Lavagna, where the Presepe do Bronzin awaits us.

Hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium) and should take around 3,5 hours, with 500 metres of elevation gain. It is well described on:
http://www.comune.lavagna.ge.it/sites/default/files/159-cartina_web.pdf

You may read more about the Lavagna Xmas crib on:
http://www.ilsecoloxix.it/p/eventi/2017/12/08/AScGWAZL-statuine_culturale_presepe.shtml

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How to get to Sestri Levante, and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at the entrance of Sestri Levante station at 11:30 am. Please bring food with you, as the path starts from the opposite side of the town.

Recommended trains are:

— if you travel eastwards
REG 24529 10:10 Genova Principe (10:20 Genova Brignole) 11:28 Sestri Levante

— if you travel westwards
Regionale 24452 – 10:15 La Spezia Centrale – 11:19 Sestri Levante

— if you travel southwards
IC 1533 – 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:36 Sestri Levante (*)

Return may be around 6:00pm, from your favourite station between Lavagna and Chiavari (if you come from afar, definitely choose Chiavari!).

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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)

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