S. Margherita, Pietre Strette, Felciara and Base 0

Sunday, March 19th 2016:

S. Margherita Ligure

Given the exceptionally warm weather, shall we resume the Ligurian hikes? The spring festival in S.Margherita Ligure, combined with the 2×1 Intercity train offer, makes Parco di Portofino a quite appealing destination this Sunday. There will be live music entertainment, free food, as well as the chance of having a hike with views over the Portofino headland, and possibly blooming wisteria along the way.

Hiking-wise, the idea is to do the trail that’s described on http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/from-nozarego/28-nozarego-costa-d-aria-base-0-olmi-gave-nozarego.html . Trail takes around 3:30 hours and features at least 3 lookout points (in Pietre Strette, Felciara and Base 0). Depending on our timing, we might choose to shorten it by heading straight to Crocetta from Ghidelli, should the trail turn out to be too long. Also, instead of hiking back along Gave and Nozarego, we might head down to the Cervara Abbey, and possibly have a glimpse of its secular wisteria.

As for the spring festival, you may read more about it on:
http://www.festadellaprimavera.it/festadellaprimavera/Programma_Prossima_Esizione.html

Return will be from S.Margherita Ligure, this way people coming from afar will be able to benefit from the 2×1 ticket both ways. We’ll probably arrive back to Santa around 5pm. Weather is expected to be partly sunny.

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How to get to S.Margherita Ligure, and how to come back alive:

On Sunday, let’s meet at 11:04 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone)

Since it turns out that there’s a strike, suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

IC 35033 (*): 09:47 Genova Piazza Principe (9:56 Genova Brignole) 10:14 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

or

[if you’re optimistic about the strike]
Reg 24529: Genova Piazza Principe 10:10 (Genova Brignole 10:20) 11:04 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling westwards

[this one comes from Parma, so hopefully it won’t be affected by the Ligurian strike]
REG11365 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:45 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling southwards

IC 35033 (*): 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:14 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

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(*) For those who are catching IC trains:

There’s the buy 1 and get 1 free offer for IC trains, courtesy of Father’s Day (as long as you buy the Special 2×1 ticket before 23:59 of Friday)

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you should be eligible to have a 50% discount, if 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 Saturday.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (for example, at +39 329 7203364)

Xmas crib in Manarola

Saturday, December 17th 2016:

Riomaggiore

Shall we keep up with the tradition of having the pre-Xmas hike in the Cinque Terre, so as to finish another year in front of the lit Xmas crib in Manarola?

The idea is to meetup this Saturday in Riomaggiore and hike along the only trail we are still missing: the “memory trail” from Riomaggiore to Groppo and Volastra (you may read more about it on http://www.comune.riomaggiore.sp.it/percorso_a.html#Riomaggiore and
http://www.ilvigneto5terre.com/il-sentiero-volastra-riomaggiore-n-532cn-531-via-groppo-costa-corniolo/ )

Once we’re in Volastra, we’ll be able to head down to Manarola along the panoramic trail that ends up on the hill of Three Crosses, offering views over the sea and the Ligurian coast.

Hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium), has 350 metres of elevation gain and should take less than 3 hours. For sure, we won’t risk missing the lit Xmas crib of Manarola: for those who yet didn’t know about it, Manarola is famous for 15.000 light bulbs, that every December are placed on a hill. They are part of a gigantic Nativity scene, that for the past 54 years has been patiently laid on the hill of the Three Crosses, thanks to the outstanding efforts of now 89-year old Mario Andreoli.

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

Let’s meet at midday at Riomaggiore railway station.

Recommended trains are:

For those travelling eastwards:

Reg 11367
10:45 Genova Brignole – 12:02 Riomaggiore

For those travelling westwards:

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

For those travelling southwards:

IC 1533 (*)
08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:30 Chiavari
+
Reg 11367
11:27 Chiavari – 12:02 Riomaggiore

Return from Manarola will be around 5:30-6:00 pm.

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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 midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday.

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you can pay half price, 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).

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (+39 329 7203364)

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Sunday December 4th, 2016:

 
Recco

 

The days might be getting shorter, but there’s still plenty of chances to have some short but interesting hikes.
While waiting for the lights of the Xmas crib of Manarola to be turned on (for the next hike?), let’s walk this Sunday along the trail of the shrines, between Recco and Sori. The trail is famous for crossing some of the most panoramic churches in the Ligurian region. As a matter of fact, we will be passing by 4 churches that are also extraordinary lookout points: Megli, S.Uberto (with the Redeemer statue), S.Apollinare di Sori and S.Martino di Polanesi. From Polanesi we’ll complete the loop by following the coast, back to Recco.

If we’re lucky, we’ll manage to see one of the sunsets for which Sori is famous. And, if we’re even luckier, we might have free hot chocolate, once we’re back in Recco (courtesy of a Xmas event they’re having this Sunday)

Hike is rated as T/E (easy/medium), has 500 metres of elevation gain and is well described on: http://nuke.unidosporcolombia.it/Portals/0/pdf/Escursione_da_Recco_a_Sori.pdf (for going) and http://www.verdeazzurroligure.net/home_htm_files/VA5%20Sori%20-%20Camogli%20new.pdf (for coming back)

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How to get to Recco and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at 11:24 at the entrance of Recco station.

Recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards
REG 11239 – 10:42 Genova Piazza Principe (10:51 Genova Brignole) – 11:24 Recco

* if you travel westwards:
REG 2296 – 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:51 Recco

* if you travel southwards:
REG 2181 – 07:32 Milano Lambrate – 09:44 Recco (yes, you’ll arrive a bit early! but couldn’t find any other solution)

Return will be from Recco station, probably around 5:30pm (which will give you plenty of time, to vote for the referendum or to do any other evening activity).

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(**) For those who are voting this Sunday:

Don’t vote before the hike! Instead, bring your “scheda elettorale”, and you’ll have some discount on your trip back to [your town]! (could be 20%.. or even 60%, if you plan on returning to Recco next weekend)

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

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Saturday November 12th, 2016:

 
Chiavari

 

It seems like the so called St.Martin’s summer will offer us a very sunny Saturday. Shall we return to Val d’Aveto? It has been a while since we visited it, it’s probably our last chance (before the cold season kicks in) to discover the so called “Ligurian Switzerland”. This time we could head to the Giacopiane lakes, a remote region where the vegetation is almost alpine and wild horses roam free.

Regardless if we succeed or not in spotting the horses, the walk itself should be enjoyable, as it crosses old forests of beeches and (for a tiny bit) follows the well kept path of the AVML (i.e. the long mountain trail that runs all the way from Ventimiglia to La Spezia), as well as the recently created partisan trail. Besides the lake, it should be also possible to view the sea.

Hike features 450 metres of elevation gain (the starting point is Villa Jensi, some 600 metres above sea level, while the lakes are 1000 metre high), takes about 3 hours and is rated as “T/E” (easy/medium).

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.giacopiane.com/bertigaro_giacopiane.html
http://www.101giteinliguria.it/il-lago-di-giacopiane-e-i-cavalli-selvaggi-dell-aveto-wild-horsewatching/

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How to get to Bertigaro and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at 11:10 am at the entrance of Chiavari station.

From there, we’ll take the 11:35 bus to Bertigaro. As we’ll be a bit short in time, please bring food with you! (of course, you may also get it in Chiavari, if you arrive early)

For coming back, I suggest catching the 5:33pm bus from Bertigaro. Alternatively, there’s also the 7:30pm bus (those who came to the Ramaceto hike last year know what this means!)

For more details about the bus, please refer to:
https://www.atpesercizio.it/Orari201611101249/orari_TC/11_a_r_fer_fes.pdf

As for Chiavari, recommended trains are:

* if you travel eastwards
REG 11367 – 10:35 Genova Brignole – 11:16 Chiavari

* if you travel westwards:
REG 2296 – 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:29 Chiavari

* if you travel southwards:
IC 1533 Milano Centrale 08:10 – Chiavari 10:34 (**)

Return will be from Chiavari station, probably around 6:30pm.

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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 midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday.

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you can pay half price, 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).

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

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Saturday October 22nd, 2016:

 
Levanto

 
If you can recognize the event’s cover picture ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1111319588922062/ ), you’ve been around the group for quite a while! Back then, it was autumn of 2010 and this was one of the first hikes of our group: we were just starting the hike from Levanto to Monterosso, when this little mouse poked out of the sewer grate to greet us.

6 years later, the time may be right to hike again from Levanto to
Monterosso. They restored the walk along the old city walls, so it might be interesting to try them ourselves. The idea is to follow the medieval walls up to the clock tower, then take new trail #22 to Colla dei Bagari. From Colla dei Bagari, we’ll head down towards the sea, to admire the coast of the Cinque Terre from the Punta Mesco headland. We’ll also be able to discover how they restored the ruins of Punta Mesco this year.

A second lookout point, Mt Focone, (just before Punta Mesco) will likely provide the ideal lunch spot for our hike.

Weather forecast is uncertain; it is said that the farther we’re from Genova, the better the weather: let’s hope we’ll be far enough to enjoy some sunshine! (and, if you dare facing a sea temperature of 20 degrees, possibly have the last swim of the year?)

Trail should take 3,5 hours and is rated as T/E (easy/medium), with a vertical gain of 450 metres.

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

Let’s meet at 11:16am at the entrance of Levanto train station.

Suggested trains to Levanto:

— if you travel eastwards
REG 2181+23603 – 09:12 Genova Piazza Principe – 11:16 Levanto

OR

IC 1533 (*) – Genova Piazza Principe 9:47 (Genova Brignole 09:56) Levanto 10:58

— if you travel westwards
REG 21188 – 10:20 La Spezia Centrale – 10:50 Levanto

— if you travel southwards
IC 35033 (*) – 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:58 Levanto

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You may read more about the hike on:

http://www.cittadellaspezia.com/La-Spezia/Attualita/A-Levanto-recuperato-l-antico-percorso-218554.aspx (the walls restored)
http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/iti_dettaglio.php?id_iti=3466
(the first part)
http://www.lecinqueterre.org/trekking/cai10.php (second part)

Return will be from Monterosso (we’ll get there around 4:30-5:00pm)

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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 midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday.

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you should be eligible to have discounts as high as 50%, if 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).

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (+39 329 7203364

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Sunday, October 9th, 2016:

 
S.Margherita Ligure

 
Could this possibly be the weekend of Madonna dei Gotti? For some strange reason, there’s almost no reference on the web, apart from a link on the Camogli Tourism website; even googling for Camogli chestnuts, rustie or caldarroste doesn’t return anything!

Anyway, I would trust what the Camogli tourism website says: shall we hike from S.Margherita to Camogli this Sunday… and find out whether there’s a festival or not?
For those who didn’t know it, the festival celebrates the “Madonna dei Gotti”, a statue which can be found in a little alley of Camogli and is said to watch over the fishermen, who thank her for the protection and, at least in the past, used to gather around her and celebrate with a glass of wine the return from the sea.

Nowadays, the festival features lots of roasted chestnuts, wine and beer. So it’s always worth stopping by!

As for the hike, I propose walking from S.Margherita Ligure to Camogli, via Bocche, Felciara, Molini and Pietre Strette, so as to try a new trail. Hike should take around 3 hours, has 400 mt of vertical gain and is rated as T/E (easy/medium). Depending on our timing, we may choose to go to Camogli via Gaixella (shorter) or via Toca ( panoramic but longer)

You may read more about the bits of hike on:
http://www.parcoportofino.com/parcodiportofino/en/descrizione_segmenti_sentieri.page#.V_bwF_l97IU

and about the festival on:
http://www.camogliturismo.it/?event_id1=293

Return will be from Camogli. We’ll probably arrive there around 5pm. Weather is expected to be partly cloudly, partly sunny, with a sea that’s still warm and calm: in other words, it’s not a crime nor an act of madness if you bring your swimming stuff!

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How to get to S.Margherita Ligure, and how to come back alive:

On Sunday, let’s meet at 11:05 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone)

Suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

Reg 11367: 09:47 10:35 Genova Brignole – 11:04 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling westwards

REG2296 + REG11244 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 11:03 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling southwards

REG 2181: 07:25 Milano Centrale ( Milano Lambrate 07:32) 09:54 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

or

IC 35033 (*): 08:10 Milano Centrale – 10:20 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

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(*) For those who are catching IC trains:

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you should be eligible to have a 50% discount, if 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 Saturday.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (for example, at +39 329 7203364)

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Saturday September 10th, 2016:

 
Riva Trigoso

 
The hiking group is 6 years old this week! Let’s celebrate the anniversary on Saturday, by finding our way to the emerald sea of Valletta (Moneglia)…beginning from Riva Trigoso.

The trail is brand new and, unless there are unexpected hurdles, should be the shortest path from Riva Trigoso to the secluded beach of Valletta. According to the rumours, the first half will be under the shade of the trees, while the 2nd half (that goes along the emerald-blue Ligurian trail that connects Sestri to Portovenere) features plenty of lookout points, on our way to the sea stacks and turquoise waters of Valletta.

Hike should take 3,5 hours (2,5 hours to Valletta + 1 to Moneglia), has 400 metres of elevation gain and is rated as T/E (easy/medium)… and E/EE (medium/hard) for the swimming part: if you wish to dive into the water, be warned that a little care is required to enter the sea. Also, be sure to bring a mask, so that you may spot sea urchins right away.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.vannacalzature.it/Itinerari_paesaggistici/Dal_colle_del_lago_a_Riva%20Trigoso%20-%20Manierta.htm
http://www.vannacalzature.it/Itinerari_paesaggistici/Vallettina.htm
http://www.vannacalzature.it/Itinerari_paesaggistici/Valletta_terra.htm
http://www.magix-website.com/mppo14/50/DB5/DB57051082CC11E4BDE4084C82195A1F.pdf

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How to get to Riva Trigoso, and how to come back alive:

Let’s meet at 11.00am at Riva Trigoso station. Please bring plenty of water, as I believe there are no fountains along the trail! (just a stream to cross)

Suggested trains are (on Saturday, September 10th):

* for those travelling eastwards *

REG 2137
Genova Piazza Principe 09:15 (Genova Brignole 09:24)
Sestri Levante 10:30

followed by Regionale 23603
Sestri Levante 10:48 Riva Trigoso 10:52

* for those travelling westwards *

REG 2296+23603 -> 09:50 La Spezia Centrale 10:52 Riva Trigoso

It’s also ok if you catch the regional train arriving at Riva Trigoso at 11:07: in that case, please let me know that you’re coming on that train!

* for those travelling southwards *

REG 2137
Milano Centrale 07:25
Sestri Levante 10:30

followed by Regionale 23603
Sestri Levante 10:48 Riva Trigoso 10:52

Return will be from Moneglia, possibly around 5-6pm.

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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 midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday.

If you’re younger than 26 (i.e. if you’re at most 25 year + 364 days old) or older than 60, you should be eligible to have discounts as high as 50%, if 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.

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As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (+39 329 7203364)