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Sunday, 22nd December 2019


The weather has been a bit wet lately… and the worst is possibly still to come: today (Friday) all hell is expected to break loose over Liguria, as a red alert has been issued over the whole region. Luckily, things should improve over the weekend, so let’s have a Sunday hike. Temperature is likely to be warm on Sunday afternoon, with little wind.

Since it’s almost a tradition to have the last hike of the year in Cinque Terre, so as to see the lit Xmas crib of Manarola, let’s try a trail that was opened just a few months ago: Riomaggiore-Cacinagora-Volastra. Cacinagora is an abandoned hamlet, that probably dates back to the Middle Ages and existed before Cinque Terre.

You may read more about Cacinagora at:

and about the Xmas crib on:

Trail is rated as T/E (easy/medium) and should take 3 hours, with 400 metres of elevation gain. As usual, the idea is to arrive in Manarola in the late afternoon, so as to admire the sunset first, from behind the Hill of Three Crosses, and then the lit Xmas crib. For those who yet don’t know it, the lit Xmas crib of Manarola features thousands of light bulbs, that every December are placed on a hill. They are part of a gigantic Nativity scene, that for the past 55 years has been patiently laid on the hill of the Three Crosses, thanks to the outstanding efforts of now 91-year old Mario Andreoli.


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

On Sunday 22nd, let’s meet at 11:34 at Riomaggiore railway station.

Recommended trains are:

» For those travelling eastwards:

REG 2181 + 24459 Genova Piazza Principe 9:11 (9:20 Genova Brignole) 11:34 Riomaggiore
IC 1533 (*) Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 9:56) Levanto 10:58
REG 24459 11:15 Levanto – 11:34 Riomaggiore

» For those travelling westwards:

Reg 24454
La Spezia 11:15 – Riomaggiore 11:23

» For those travelling southwards:

REG 2181
07:25 Milano Centrale – 10:28 Sestri L
REG 24459 10:41 Sestri L – 11:34 Riomaggiore

If you prefer, you may also take the 8:10 IC train (*) to Levanto (see above) and then change to the 24459 train,

Return from Manarola will be around 5:30 pm.

(*) For those who are catching IC trains:

If you have one or two travel buddies, you should buy the “Insieme” special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Friday. You’ll get 30% off,.

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 Friday).

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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