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Saturday, 1st June 2019:

Bonassola

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/ ).

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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

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* if you travel westwards

Regionale 24452: La Spezia Centrale 10:15 Bonassola 10:48

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* 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

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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 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).

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More about Mt Rossola:

https://montiliguri.weebly.com/monte-rossola.html
https://minosmountain.wordpress.com/monte-rossola-da-levanto-a-bonassola/

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to write me (at vidlothianATgmailDOTcom) or call me (at +39 329 7203364)

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Saturday, 25th May 2019:

Sestri Levante

It appeared like yet another cold and rainy weekend was in store for us, but today’s abrupt change in the weather forecast calls for a hike! Apparently, it will be a sunny Saturday over Liguria, so shall we have a short hike? If you’re voting for the European elections on Sunday, you may even benefit from train tickets with a 70% discount.

Since we haven’t hiked for a while, the idea is to start with an easy yet panoramic hike: the trail from Sestri Levante to Punta Manara is a Ligurian classic that usually pleases everyone. It’s also the hike that started it all, 9 years ago, when this group was founded. It’s short and relaxing, yet it can be turned into a longer path by adding a detour to Monte Castello (the highest point on the Manara headland) and a detour to Ciappa del Lupo (the stone of the wolf, i.e. a flat cliff barely above sea level).

Hike is rated as “T” (easy) and should take 2 hours, with an elevation gain of only 200 metres (and yet, the height gain should be enough to have outstanding views over the Ligurian coast). The detour to Monte Castello is T/E (easy/medium) and will add an extra half hour, while the optional detour to Ciappa del Lupo is considered E/EE (medium/hard, but I’ve never done it) and would require an extra hour.

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

Let’s meet at Sestri Levante at 11:30 am. Recommended trains are:

Sa, 25.05.2019

— if you travel eastwards
Reg 32529
10:11 Genova Piazza Principe
(10:20 Genova Brignole)
11:28 Sestri Levante

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

— if you travel southwards
Milano Lambrate 8:37
(Milano Rogoredo 8:44)
(3 trains!)
Sestri Levante 11:34

Return may be around 5pm.

If you’re voting on Sunday, remember to bring your election card: you can get 60%/70% off your train ticket back to your hometown ( https://www.trenitalia.com/it/informazioni/elettori.html ). You’ll actually need to buy a roundtrip ticket, which means that you’ll either waste the second ticket or you’ll come back to Liguria next week (actually, not a bad option: we might be having our first hike&swim!).

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You may read more about the hike:
http://escursionialevante.blogspot.com/2009/02/il-piccolo-anello-di-punta-manara.html (in italiano)
http://www.natura2000liguria.it/sic73/itinerario1.htm (in italiano)
http://cralgalliera.altervista.org/SestriLevPuntaManaraCiappaLupo017.pdf

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to write me (at vidlothianATgmailDOTcom) or call me (at +39 329 7203364)