next hike (2/2)

Sunday, 5th August 2018

Camogli

Wrapping up season #8 of the Ligurian hikes is the Stella Maris, the event that sees countless candles being placed on the sea, as a token of gratitude to the Star of the Sea, i.e. the Madonna that protects fishermen when they sail out of Camogli.
Since most of the festival takes place in the evening, I suggest meeting in the afternoon, at 3pm at Camogli station. From there, we’ll take the classic loop that leads to Punta Chiappa and the altar of the Stella Maris.
Hike takes around 2,5 hours (1,5 hours for going, 1 for coming back), it’s T/E (easy-medium) for going and T (easy) for coming back and is well described on:
https://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/it/da-camogli-o-san-rocco/22-camogli-san-rocco-punta-chiappa.html (the way back; for going, we’ll walk via Guardia, as it’s visually more rewarding)

You may read more about the festival on:
http://expatinitaly.com/stella-maris-in-camogli/

Unlike Saturday, you won’t need to bring much water, as there’s plenty of water taps along the way.
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How to get to Camogli, and how to come back alive:

On Sunday, 5th August, let’s meet at 15:00 opposite the entrance of Camogli railway station (under the relief of the Madonna with Child)

Suggested trains are:

If you are travelling eastwards:

either
REG 25731 14:10 Genova Piazza Principe
(14:19 Genova Brignole)
14:56 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso

If you are travelling westwards:

Reg 25714 + Reg 25716 La Spezia 13:38 – Camogli-S. Fruttuoso 14:59

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

If you have a travel buddy, you can have 30% off by buying the “Insieme” special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Friday.

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(*) For those who happen to be over 60 or under 30:

You can have half price even without a travel buddy. Remember that you need to have a Cartafreccia card in order to use the junior/senior special offer (in the unlikely case that you don’t have a Cartafreccia card yet, please use AMICO110423712 as referral code when signing up… and we’ll both get a 10 euro coupon:-) ). Also, ticket should be booked before 11:59 of Saturday.

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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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next hike (Saturday)

Saturday, 4th August 2018

Moneglia

With the secret fried fish festival on Saturday and the Stella Maris on Sunday, we might throw in two hikes over the weekend, so as to end season #8 of the Ligurian hikes in a sizzling way. Since the sun will be high and the temperature quite warm, I would stick to hikes that are short yet fulfilling: who’s up for returning to the emerald waters of the secluded craggy coast of Valletta (Moneglia)?

Reaching the emerald waters of Valletta is not straightforward, as it involves a T/E (easy/medium) hike, with 300 metres of elevation gain, followed by an ending trail, that could possibly be E/EE (medium/hard), since you need a slight amount of climbing to get into the water. It takes around 2,5 hours for the complete loop from the town of Moneglia and back.

Should the temperature be unpleasantly high, we can take an easier 2 hour loop (via La Secca beach), that’s more in the shade.

You may read more about the trail on:
http://luoghidasogno.altervista.org/Mare/Liguria/RivieraLevante/Moneglia/PuntaMoneglia.htm
http://www.costadeonde.com/sentieri/ (trail #4)

Please remember to bring plenty of water, as there are no fountain taps!
You can expect to be back in Moneglia around 3pm. This means there will be plenty of time for icecream, beer or a second swim in the shallow waters of Moneglia beach,

As for the secret fried fish festival, assuming it’s taking place (it’s so secret that they usually publish it one day before!), it will start at 7pm in Santa Margherita Ligure. If it’s confirmed, those who travel back to Genova or Milano might well consider stopping there to grab a dish of fried fish, before catching the train back home.

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

On Saturday, 4th August, let’s meet at 11:05 at the entrance of Moneglia railway station

Suggested trains are:

If you are travelling eastwards:

either
REG 25697 09:22 Genova Piazza Principe (09:30 Genova Brignole) 10:36 Sestri Levante (could be crowded)
OR
REG 24733 08:56 Genova Brignole – 10:18 Sestri Levante (should be empty)
+
REG 24737 10:46 Sestri Levante – Moneglia 10:56

If you are travelling westwards:

REG 24452 – 10:15 La Spezia 11:05 Moneglia

If you are travelling southwards:

REG 25697 07:20 Milano Centrale (07:27 Lambrate 07:33 Rogoredo) 10:36 Sestri Levante
+
REG 24737 10:46 Sestri Levante – Moneglia 10:56

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

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1” special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.

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(*) For those who happen to be over 60 or under 30:

You can have half price even without a travel buddy. Remember that you need to have a Cartafreccia card in order to use the junior/senior special offer (in the unlikely case that you don’t have a Cartafreccia card yet, please use AMICO110423712 as referral code when signig up… and we’ll both get a 10 euro coupon:-) ). Also, ticket should be booked before 11:59 of Friday.

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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)