From the western seafront of Levanto, in the Vallesanta area, a splendid pedestrian and cycle path opens up, which, using the line of the old Tyrrhenian railway line, allows you to reach Bonassola and Framura, walking or cycling a few steps from the cliffs and pristine beaches.
The itinerary runs for 6 km using the tunnels of the nineteenth-century railway line with single track, a splendid example of the architecture of the time; to achieve the stretch between Sestri Levante and La Spezia it took four years, fifty-one galleries and twenty-three bridges, resulting in the most difficult part of the entire line, due to the orography of the territory, but which allowed to break the centuries-old isolation of the Cinque Terre with the rest of the world.
The beautiful seaside resort of Levanto, with its sandy beaches and its promenade, is the starting point of the cycle path, which, through long tunnels interspersed with uncovered stretches that overlook the cliffs and small beaches, reaches the village first of Bonassola and then of Framura.
Levanto, bordering the territory of the Cinque Terre National Park and long renowned bathing resort, offers notable points of interest such as the church of Sant’Andrea Apostle dating back to 1200, a great example of Gothic style in black and white marble, the medieval Loggia, recognized as a Unesco Heritage, where customs and tolling practices were carried out on goods departing and arriving from the port at the time of the Republic of Genoa. Also from Levanto you can walk to all the villages scattered along the inner valley, through olive groves and vineyards with beautiful sea view.
Bonassola is a small village that owes its fame not only to the beautiful sandy beach that stretches in front of the historic center, but also to a dense network of trails such as the one leading to the church of the Madonna della Punta, from where the whole bay and the gaze is lost in the infinity of the open sea.
Framura, on the other hand, is made up of five small inhabited nuclei which, from the railway station a few meters from the sea, spread along the steep terraced hill up to a height of 420 meters above sea level. It used to be an ancient possession of the Da Passano, a Genovese noble family, as evidenced by the ruins of the Castle dating back to 1100.
The stretch of sea facing Framura is one of the most pristine and wild in the entire Ligurian Riviera between cliffs and small beaches and offers trekking and snorkeling opportunities given the presence of numerous wrecks of boats on its depths.
Also worthy of mention is the presence of a good number of local fishermen who moor their typical and colorful Ligurian “gozzi” (wooden fishermen boats) in the protected inlet of Porto Pidocchio, providing an unparalleled glance as well as supplying local restaurants with excellent fresh fish.
10 February 2024
Harvest 2023 in Volastra, the agricultural heart of the 5 Terre National Park
18 March 2023
Case Lovara: the jewel of Punta Mesco
18 October 2022
Harvest 2022: great work in Volastra!
19 January 2022
SCIACCHETRAIL 2022: finally we start again!
7 October 2021
Harvest 2021: the year of Sciacchetrà
18 February 2021
Path 537: from Campi to the Pineda pools
3 December 2020
Ring Tramonti – Campiglia – Lemmen – Tramonti
23 October 2020
The ancient village of Lemmen in Riomaggiore
8 October 2020
Agriculture in Cinque Terre: man and nature.
21 April 2020
Monterosso: poets, lemons and anchovies
27 March 2020
Cinque Terre’s beaches
30 January 2020
Manarola: the vertical village
18 September 2019
1919 – 2019: the harvest of the centenary in Volastra
1 May 2019
The Path n. 531: from Riomaggiore to Manarola through Beccara
12 April 2019
The path SVA between Monterosso and Levanto
2 December 2018
The Vernaccia: the first wine of the Cinque Terre
18 September 2018
Harvest 2018: great harvest in Volastra!!!
8 November 2017
Harvest 2017: quality and quantity for D.O.C. 5 Terre wine
12 August 2017
Path n. 536 to Monesteroli: stairway to heaven
14 March 2017
Path n. 509 : Monterosso–Soviore