Levanto-Framura, and the last swim of 2015

The hike from Levanto to Framura was quite a relaxing one. Unfortunately we lost 3 hikers at the beginning, but were happy to gain one at the church of S.Giorgio, near Montaretto. Thanks for finding us, Emilia, and congratulations for deciphering my indications!

As for the hike: it was a warm and bright Sunday, so there were a few jaw-dropping views over the coast (so jaw-dropping, that you might as well forget your cell phone while sitting on a panoramic rock), followed by a few dives… and some refreshing beer in the end. Framura might have become slightly more touristy this year… but we
don’t mind it!

From Levanto to Framura, via S.Giorgio

next hike

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)

next hike

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.

From Arenzano to lake Tina

Sunday April 9, 2017

Arenzano

 

Tradition has it that, when it comes to organizing a hike in the Riviera di Ponente (western Riviera), I take the lead from Andy 🙂

This time we will venture into the inland of Arenzano, up to Lake Tina, threading trails in a mountain-like landascape, along a valley full of waterfalls and nice views over the sea.

This hike is rated as easy-medium, you can see route details here:
https://it.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=6356560

Meeting point: Arenzano train station at 11:00

Trains from Genova:
R11236 Genova Brignole (10:05), Genova Piazza Principe (10:13)
(arriving to Arenzano at 10:54)

Trains from Milano
IC 1533 Milano Centrale (8:10) -> R11236 Genova Piazza Principe (10:13) (arriving to Arenzano at 10:54)

Return will be from Arenzano as well, so you can get a return ticked in advance.

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)