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Sunday, 18th June 2017:

Levanto

As the Montallegro festival (2 weeks from now) makes it impossible to alternate hiking weekends, let’s have a second consecutive hike&swim, and take a break next week. Besides, the summer heat calls for some more swimming! and, when swimming is the goal, is there any better place than Framura?

The idea is to meetup, shortly after 11am, at the train station of Levanto: from there we’ll either take the pedestrian tunnel or the panoramic path that crosses the Francesca resort (if the resort doesn’t complain) and leads to Bonassola.

Once we’re in Bonassola, we can check out what they are doing (according to their website, special celebrations will be held for the Corpus Domini) before moving on to the village of Montaretto (where supposedly the gattafin festival takes place this weekend. For those who didn’t know it yet, the gattafin are herb-filled fried ravioli, that can only be found in the Levanto region: since we’ll arrive before the party begins, will we succeed in convincing them to make some gattafin for us? ).

After Montaretto we’ll reconnect to trail #1 and walk on until Framura. Trail is rated as T/E (easy/medium) and should feature enough water taps to quench everyone’s thirst; it is well described on http://www.comune.bonassola.sp.it/c011005/zf/index.php/servizi-aggiuntivi/index/index/idtesto/34

Total hiking time is approx 3,5 hours, vertical gain is around 300 metres.

By 4pm we’ll likely be in Framura, where we can either swim in the snorkeling paradise of Porto Pidocchio or have a swim&beer at the beach of Torsei, just below the train station..

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

On Sunday, 18th June, 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 10:28
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REG 24459: Sestri Levante 10:41 Levanto 11:14

or

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

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* if you travel westwards

REG 24452: La Spezia Centrale 10:15 Levanto 10:44

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* if you travel southwards:

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

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Return will be from Framura station, around 6pm.

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For those who are catching IC trains:
(***) just this Sunday, there will be the Special 2×1 offer, provided you buy the 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 30% discount, if you catch the IC train and 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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Sunday, 11th June 2017:

Moneglia

Now that both the weather and the sea are pleasantly warm, who’s up for returning to the emerald waters of the secluded craggy coast of Valletta (Moneglia)?

Reaching Valletta is not straightforward, as it involves a T/E (easy/medium) hike, with 350 metres of elevation gain. It takes around 2,5 hours for the complete loop from the town of Moneglia and back. Plus one hour of bonus hike, should we want to reach the cross and votive stone of Mt Comunaglia (and we should, since we never made it up there, and they barely require a bonus hike with 50 metres of vertical gain)

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.vannacalzature.it/Itinerari_paesaggistici/Valletta_terra.htm
http://www.vannacalzature.it/Itinerari_paesaggistici/Cresta_Comunaglia-Monte_Comunaglia.htm

While the trail is relatively easy, getting to swim is trickier, as it involves either performing a dive from a certain height or doing some climbing (nothing arduous, you just need to be a bit careful on the rocks)

As for the way back to Moneglia, since we should have plenty of time I suggest taking the safer path under the shade of the woods, rather than outrunning the cars(!) like last time.
It should be feasible to catch any train from Moneglia, starting from the 5:30pm Treno del Mare.

Since one of issues we’ve had with this hike in the past is thirst, please remember to bring enough water with you! Also, goggles or a snorkeling mask might come in handy, as we noticed that not just the humans, but also jellyfish and urchins love Valletta.

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

Let’s meet at 11:50 on Sunday, at the entrance of Moneglia train station.

If you travel eastwards, we recommend:

REG1731* (treno del mare): Genova Piazza Principe 10:24 (Genova Brignole 10:32) Sestri Levante 11:28
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REG24461: Sestri Levante 11:41 – Moneglia 11:50

* if the train is too crowded and you’re leaving from Genova Brignole, you may also take train 11367, which departs from Brignole at 10:45 and arrives at Sestri Levante just before the next train to Moneglia

If you travel westwards:

Regionale 24490

REG24452: 10:15 La Spezia Centrale – 11:05 Moneglia

If you travel southwards:

REG1731: Milano Lambrate 8:26 – Sestri Levante 11:28
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REG24461: Sestri Levante 11:41 – Moneglia 11:50

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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, May 13th 2017:

 
S.Margherita Ligure


Once again, it’s that time of the year when Camogli celebrates St.Fortunato, by offering a sizzling show on Saturday and fried fish on Sunday. Since the visually entertaining bits are all on Saturday, let’s pick it as hiking day. Two big statues, made of wooden junk, will be brought to the shore and burnt at the stake. There will be a procession, with people carrying the ark of S.Fortunato across town… and plenty of fireworks (otherwise it wouldn’t be a Ligurian festival!).

As for the hike, I propose walking from S.Margherita Ligure to Camogli, via Frate and Porcile, as it would allow us to discover two less beaten trails (Pietre Strette-Porcile and Frate-Bocche) as well as enough lookout points (at Gave, Bocche and the Rock of the Hawks). Also, at the start of the hike we should also be able to see the red carpet that made the headlines 10 days ago, as it was laid from Rapallo to Portofino and, with 8km of length, is now supposedly the longest carpet in the world.

Once we reach “Paradiso”, we can choose between walking to Camogli via Ruta or S.Rocco. Will the sea be warm enough to have a swim? Maybe not, but we can keep an eye on the sea temperature and decide later!

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/from-santa-margherita-ligure/66-santa-margherita-ligure-camogli.html
http://www.portofinotrek.com/trek/gb/from-paraggi/32-paraggi-valle-dei-mulini-olmi-crocetta-gave-paraggi.html

about the red carpet on:
http://www.lastampa.it/2017/04/30/societa/e-ora-tutti-in-passerella-nasce-il-red-carpet-da-rapallo-a-portofino-yFzWFdLg4goWQf67prSQwJ/premium.html

and about the festival on:
http://www.camogliedintorni.it/Falò.html

Overall, hike should take around 3,5 hours, has 500 mt of vertical gain and is rated as T/E (easy/medium).

Return will be from Camogli. We’ll probably arrive there around 5pm. Needless to say, if you plan to watch the fireworks and the burning of the statues, you might want to stay until 11pm or midnight.

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

On Saturday, May 13th, let’s meet at 11:04 am at the entrance of S.Margherita Ligure railway station (by the infamous taxi telephone)

Suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

REG 24529: 10:10 Genova Piazza Principe – 11:04 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling westwards

REG 11368: 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 10:45 S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino

– if you’re travelling southwards

IC 1533: Milano Centrale 08:10 – S. Margherita Ligure 10:14 (*)

or

REG 2181: Milano Centrale 07:25 ( Milano Lambrate 07:32) S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino 10:01

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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. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.

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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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Sunday, May 7th 2017:

 
Genova Nervi


While waiting for the famous S.Fortunato festival in Camogli next Saturday 13th (fingers crossed that the weather will be with us!), is anyone up for a last-minute hike this Sunday?

After a stormy Saturday the sun should return shining over Liguria; given that yesterday was May 4th (be with you), let’s follow the Force and walk along the so called trail of the Alliance. Which probably has little to do with Star Wars and the Rebel Alliance, nevertheless it should allow us to have a memorable hike, with views over the Paradise Gulf and the Ligurian coast. More specifically, the idea is to explore the maze of trails above Genova Nervi and follow two routes (S.Maria Maddalena and Itinerario Storico Colombiano) that were trodden by merchants since the Middle Ages. The plan is to reach the chapel of S.Maddalena first, then head east to the peak of Bric Gianesi and south to Nervi, in order to complete the loop. Highlight of the hike are several churches (S.Rocco, S.Maddalena and other ones in S.Ilario) and the scenery: the path also goes by the name of “Balcony over Genova”, since it features plenty of lookout points.

You may read more about the hike on:
http://www.rivieradeibambini.it/gita-a-santilario-laria-al-profumo-di-limone/
http://www.fieliguria.com/images/Manifestazioni/Progetto_scuole_20152016/Descrizione_escursione_SantIlario_-_Monte_Cordona.pdf
http://www.santilarionline.it/index.php?&set=114&dom_id=&dom_sld=santilarionline&dom_tld=it&no_tags=1&sito_gratis=&sito=&local_page=vedere

Return will be, again, from Genova Nervi: we’ll probably be back there around 4pm or 5pm.

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How to get to Genova Nervi, and how to come back alive:

On Sunday, let’s meet at 11:02 am at the entrance of Genova Nervi station

Suggested trains are:

– if you’re travelling eastwards

REG 11367: 10:45 Genova Brignole – 10:57 Genova Nervi (from Genova Principe, you should probably catch the “Treno del Mare 1731” at 10:24)

– if you’re travelling westwards

REG 11368: 09:50 La Spezia Centrale – 11:02 Genova Nervi

– if you’re travelling southwards

Treno del Mare 1731: 08:26 Milano Lambrate – 10:40 Genova Nervi (please note: in Milano it only stops at Lambrate and Rogoredo)

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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)

Next hike: Spotorno, monte Mao and views over Bergeggi (and a sea cave!)

Saturday April, 22 2017

 
Spotorno-Noli

Once again a hike in the Riviera di Ponente, and myself as your guide in place of Andy 🙂

The hike will be on Saturday (April, 22), since the weather is expected cloudy on Sunday.

This time we will hike along a brand new route for the Group, a trail never threaded before!

We will set off from Spotorno train station and gain altitude up to the ridge of the mountain from which we will enjoy a beautiful view over the island of Bergeggi to the east, and capo Noli to the west. After going past the paraglider take-off point, we will reach the summit of monte Mao, at 440 m. Then, we will start our descent to Bergeggi, eventually getting back to Spotorno. Will the bravest ones have their first swim of the season? 🙂

This hike is rated as medium/easy. You can see the itinerary details here: https://it.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=15376103

Edit: we’ll also venture to the sea cave of Punta Predani, the most famous sea cave in Liguria (thanks Andy for the tip!) 😉

Meeting point is Spotorno-Noli train station, at 11:20.

Here are the trains to get there:

R 24562 Genova Brignole (9:55) Genova Piazza Principe (10:03) arriving at Spotorno-Noli at 11:17

IC 1533 Milano Centrale (8:10) Genova Piazza Principe (9:44) then take the R 24562 to Spotorno-Noli

Return will be from Spotorno-Noli as well, so you might want to buy a return ticked in advance to avoid any hassle buying the ticket there (possibly we will catch the 17:21 train, or maybe the 19:21, for those who want to linger on the beach).

Also, remember to bring food & water with you, there will be no places to get them on the way.

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)