next hike

Saturday, 5th October 2019


Temperature is still warm enough, so let’s have one more coastal hike&swim, before heading to the Ligurian inland. As you probably already know, taking place this weekend is the last big firework show of the year: it comes courtesy of the Madonna del Rosario festival, which is held in Bonassola every October on the first Saturday. The festival ( ) is a visual treat, since it involves candles on the sea and a firework show, and usually is not so crowded, so it should be possible to comfortably watch it from the beach. My only doubt is whether they’ll do the candles, since the sea won’t be too calm, according to the weather forecast.

As for the hike, the idea is to meetup, shortly after 11am, at the train station of Levanto: from there we’ll take the panoramic path to Bonassola, via Scernio. From the church of San Giorgio, we’ll head north to Montaretto and south to the Hop of the Hare lookout point. Should the weather forecast predict a calmer sea, we can also consider taking a short detour to the green/red beach of Sca, so as to improve the swimming experience.

Total hiking time is approx 3 hours (plus half an hour, if we head down to Sca), vertical gain is around 300 metres, trail is rated as T/E (although the descent to Sca is E/EE as it’s steep and even features a rope. However, it’s not dangerous at all).

By 5-6pm we’ll likely be in Bonassola, in time for the festival.


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

On Saturday, 5th October, let’s meet at Levanto train station at 11:14 am.

Recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards

REG 2181: Genova Piazza Principe 09:11 (Genova Brignole 09:20) Sestri Levante 10:31
REG 24459: Sestri Levante 10:41 Levanto 11:14


IC 1533 (*): Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 9:56) Levanto 10:58


* if you travel westwards

REG 21188: La Spezia Centrale 10:25 Levanto 10:55


* if you travel southwards:

IC 1533 (*) 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:58 Levanto

REG 2181: Milano Centrale 7:25 (Milano Lambrate 7:32) Sestri Levante 10:31
REG 24459: Sestri Levante 10:41 Levanto 11:14


Return will be from Bonassola station, at 11:45pm if you intend to watch the firework show. Otherwise, 5 or 6pm.


(*) 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. You can have a discount even without a travel buddy, if you’re younger than 30 or older than 60. 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, let me know and I can send you an invitation… in which case we’ll both get a 10 euro coupon:-) ). Also, ticket should be booked before 23:59 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)

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