Saturday, 1st June 2019:
The weekend ahead will be very eventful, since there’s Republic Day. Levanto will host the “notte bianca” festival on Saturday, with all kinds of music (ranging from classical to jazz, country and rock) in the streets starting from 7pm, while Genova on Sunday will open museums and palaces that are normally closed to the public, as well as offer focaccia, wine and fireworks.
I would then suggest starting the weekend with a Saturday hike, from Bonassola to Levanto: shall we return to Mt Rossola?
Veterans of the group will have no hesitation in recognizing the mountain, because its silent and barren peak yields a spectacular 360 degree view over the riviera and the villages in the inland. And, if you were already part of the group 7 years ago, you’ll definitely remember this as the most terrific and terrifying hike up to date: in fact, a shower of lightning bolts coming from all directions surprised us, right when we reached the peak, and scared the bejesus out of us. This is also the hike that spawned a 5 minute movie: if you don’t mind having spoilers, you can still watch the video on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwRRAMnmxBs
On Saturday we won’t need to worry about the weather, as there should be plenty of sunshine. Hike is rated as E (medium, due to the steep ascent and the rocky terrain), has a vertical gain of 560 metres and takes around 4 hours.
By 5:30 pm we’ll likely be in Levanto. Don’t know if sea will be swimmable (is 18-19 degrees ok for you?), but we can definitely have a walk around town (to know more about the festival, see http://www.levantenews.it/index.php/2019/05/28/levanto-torna-la-notte-bianca/ ).
How to get to Bonassola, and how to come back alive:
Let’s meet at the train station of Bonassola, at 11:06 am.
Recommended trains are:
* if you travel eastwards
Regionale Veloce 2181+Regionale 24459 (it will likely be the same train changing number at Sestri): 9:14 Genova P.Principe (9:23 Genova Brignole) 11:06 Bonassola
* if you travel westwards
Regionale 24452: La Spezia Centrale 10:15 Bonassola 10:48
* if you travel southwards:
Regionale Veloce 2181+Regionale 24459 (it will likely be the same train changing number at Sestri): 7:25 Milano Centrale (7:32 Milano Lambrate 7:38 Milano Rogoredo) 11:06 Bonassola
Return will be from Levanto, we’ll probably arrive around 5-6pm. If you come from afar (or even from Genova and you opt for an IC train for going back), remember that you can benefit from the 2×1/Cartafreccia Senior/Cartafreccia Young offers (*) for going back
(*) For those who are catching IC trains:
If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1” special ticket before 23:59 of Thursday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.
If you’re younger than 30 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 Thursday).
More about Mt Rossola:
As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to write me (at vidlothianATgmailDOTcom) or call me (at +39 329 7203364)