Next hike: From Spotorno to Varigotti (through Noli and grotta dei Falsari)

Saturday, May 27

Hi all!

This is one of my favorite hikes in Liguria! Will it be the first Hike & Swim of the season? Maybe it will! 🙂

Our walk will start from Spotorno. After an easy stretch across the hill dominated by the castle of Monte Ursino, we will reach Noli, one of the five ancient Marine Republics of Italy, where we’ll stroll through the picturesque alleys of the old town. Then, we will take the trail that leads to Capo Noli.

We will have a short detour, leading us to the grotta dei Falsari, the cavern of the Counterfeiters – also known as cave of Brigands – which is not actually a cavern, but rather a rocky hollow overlooking the sea with a spectacular semi-circular opening of 25 meters in diameter. This cave was created by the water and then shaped by the sea; today it stands 100 meters above sea level. This cavern will be our lunch spot.

After reaching Capo Noli (280 m), the highest point of our hike, we will head down to Varigotti, following a path over the cliffs. The bay below, the Bay of the Saracens, is considered one of the best places to have a swim in Liguria.

Then, we will descend through the promontory of Punta Crena down to Varigotti, a picturesque fishing village, the “surprise of the Riviera di Ponente”! All the villages look similar with the exception of Varigotti, no surprise that episodes of Diabolik and even Donald Duck were set in Varigotti. There, we can relax on the beach before taking the bus to Finale Ligure train station.

The total distance will be around 10 km, with a vertical gain of 280 m. The path is rated as easy.

Return will be from Finale Ligure (around 6 pm). I recommend buying also the return ticket to avoid any hassle, should we have to run to catch the train.

Meeting point: Spotorno-Noli train station at 11:30

Here are the trains to get there:

From Genova:

R 24562 Genova Brignole 9:55 – Genova Principe 10:03 – Spotorno-Noli 11:17

From Milano:

IC 1533 Milano Centrale 8:10 (*) – Genova Principe 9:44
R 24562 Genova Principe 10:03 – Spotorno-Noli 11:17

(*) Find a travel buddy, and get the 2×1 Saturday offer!!

From Sestri Levante:

R 11366 Sestri Levante 8:26 – Genova Brignole 9:15
R 24562 Genova Brignole 9:55 – Spotorno-Noli 11:17