Saturday, 3rd August 2019
There’s more than just the Stella Maris this weekend: rumours have it that the Santa fried fish festival will take place this Saturday, courtesy of the fishermen guild of S.Erasmo. Can we possibly say no to a nice dish of fish?
Of course we can’t! The idea then is to get there, walking from Camogli to S.Margherita Ligure across Portofino Park. We’ll first follow the coast, so as to swim in one of the most beautiful snorkeling spots in Liguria: Punta Chiappa. Following the swim and lunch break, we’ll hike up to Batterie and up to Guardia, then we’ll tread the scenic trail leading to Buca dei Corvi and Pietre Strette, before heading down to Santa Margherita via Busseto, in time for the fish festival.
First part of hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium), takes around 1 hour and has 250 metres of elevation gain. Second part is E (medium) and requires slightly less than 3 hours. We’ll likely reach S.Margherita around 5:30pm, in time for the fish festival (which starts at 6pm).
You may read more about the trails on:
– http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/trail-map/2-san-rocco-punta-chiappa.html (first part, in scary English)
– http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/from-santa-margherita-ligure/66-santa-margherita-ligure-camogli.html (second part, again in scary English)
How to get to Camogli, and how to come back alive:
On Saturday 3rd, let’s meet at 10:00am, at the entrance of Camogli train station. More precisely, we could meet under the “Madonna with Child” relief that’s on the wall opposite the train station entrance.
Recommended trains are:
»» if you are travelling eastwards and don’t want to be packed like sardines:
Reg 11229 – 08:35 Genova Piazza Principe ( 08:48 Genova Brignole ) 09:32 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso
[if you wish to take the risk of becoming a sardine]:
REG 2181 – 09:14 Genova Piazza Principe ( 09:23 Genova Brignole ) 09:58 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso
»» if you are travelling westwards:
Reg 23718 – 9:24 Sestri Levante – 9:58 Camogli-S. Fruttuoso
»» if you are travelling southwards:
Milano Centrale 07:25
Camogli-S. Fruttuoso 09:58
Return will be from S.Margherita Ligure (for those coming from Milano, the 19:46(*) train is a good option).
(*) 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.
If you’re missing a travel buddy, you can still get 30% off with your Cartafreccia card, courtesy of the Cartafreccia Estate offer valid throughout August (in the unlikely case that you don’t have a Cartafreccia card yet, let me know and I can send you an invitation… in which case we’ll both get a 10 euro coupon:-) ). Again, remember to book the ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday
As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to write me (at vidlothianATgmailDOTcom) or call me (at +39 329 7203364)