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Punta Mesco

The path SVA between Monterosso and Levanto

Posted on 23 April 2019, in Blog

Coming from Vernazza, the SVA follows the Fegina seafront to Monterosso, passes behind the "Gigante", the famous statue of Neptune which leaned against the cliff overlooking the homonymous beach, to then cross splendid residences overlooking the sea, among which the villa of Eugenio Montale, poet and Nobel Prize winner, where he spent his summers in the Cinque Terre.
In the initial stretch the path is very steep and crosses a pine forest and the classic Mediterranean scrub, reaching a carriage road serving the Hotel Suisse Bellevue, in a splendid panoramic position above the Mesco cliffs.
The hard climb ends with a slight slope that in a few minutes leads to the branch to the archaeological site of Sant’Antonio del Mesco at 313 meters s.l.m.; here the friars acted as sentinels, alerting the monterossini, by lighting fires, when the ships of the Barbary pirates appeared on the horizon. (more…)

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The Vernaccia: the first wine of the Cinque Terre

Posted on 3 December 2018, in Blog

The "Vernaccia" wine, produced in the Cinque Terre area, spread widely with great success in the 13th century and most of the historians claim that to give the name to this wine was the ancient nucleus of Vernazza, stamping a trademark origin to a very famous product that takes the way of the sea. In fact, the toponym appears a century before the same name is found to indicate the wine.

The other hypothesis is that the village of Vernazza would derive its name from the wine, being the only safe harbor in the Cinque Terre where it is possible to embark a substantial quantity of the product coming from the neighboring localities.
The "Vernaccia" was a wine of high alcohol content and valuable that could be likened to strong and liqueur wines from the eastern Mediterranean coast, such as Malvasia or Moscato. Historical documents attest that vine vessels of "Vernaccia" were found in the cellars of Pompei with the words "vinum Corneliae" engraved, that is of Corniglia, one of the villages of the Cinque Terre and the closest to Vernazza. (more…)

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The Path n. 531: from Riomaggiore to Manarola through Beccara

Posted on 12 May 2018, in Blog

Before the coastal road of the Cinque Terre was built in the seventies and before the Genoa-La Spezia railway arrived (inaugurated in 1874), and the Via dell'Amore, dug into the rock overlooking the sea between 1926 and 1928, Riomaggiore and Manarola, two beautiful villages of the Cinque Terre National Park, were connected only by a short path but with significant slopes, which forced the villagers to climb Mount Corniolo, which separates the two villages.
The Cinque Terre National Park, carrying out an important environmental and productive recovery, consisting in the planting of new vineyards, has restored this ancient path marked in the trail network with the number 531.

The trail, also called "della Beccara", takes about 1 hour and a half on foot, starting  from Riomaggiore in via Telemaco Signorini, near the railway station and then up to the Rio Finale stream and then cross it with a small stone bridge and face the steep climb to Mount Corniolo. (more…)

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The Maremonti pedestrian cycle path from Levanto to Framura

Posted on 17 January 2018, in Blog

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. (more…)

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Path n. 536 to Monesteroli: stairway to heaven.

Posted on 15 August 2017, in Blog

Path 536 (ex 4/d) to Monesteroli of Tramonti is one of the most amazing and spectacular mule track built by the rural-engineers of the Cinque Terre, to reach the vineyards supported by dry stone walls, planted just a few meters off the cliff.
This route, that you may walk in about 50 minutes with a difference of 415 meters, is a branch of path n. 504, which rises from Pegazzano (northern part of La Spezia), passing through Biassa to the San Antonio pass at the high of 508 meters above the sea level where it crosses the Alta Via of the Cinque Terre.

From the church of San Antonio steeply descends along the slope of Tramonti passing through the square where the famous Menhir rises and then on the heights of Pian di Veo. There, on a landing paved of sandstone, the n.504 mule track winds up and a steep staircase forks into n. 536, crossing a thick oak woods.

The Menhir of Tramonti also know as the "Devil's stone" is the work of the ancient Ligurians and it has a now-lost sacred valence. Facing the Menhir, "Christianized" with an iron cross, are the remains of the "posa" where passing farmers set down the loads they carried on their shoulders for a moment's rest. (more…)

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Path n. 509 : Monterosso–Soviore

Posted on 23 March 2017, in Blog

The path n. 509 leading in about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the historic village of Monterosso to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore is one of the oldest paths of the Eastern part of Liguria, as it was first used by the Etruscans and then by the Romans to reach, by the seaport of Montrerosso, the mysterious center of civilization of Monte Albereto, which stood beyond the Mount Soviore.

Throughout the Middle Age this trail had a great importance: in fact in 996 Emperor Otto III stopped at the Sanctuary of Soviore while travelling to Rome for his coronation.

The trail starts at the oratory of the Confraternity of Bianchi in the historical center of Monterosso, and as soon as you start walking you have to climb a steep staircase in the middle of vegetable gardens dominated by the cultivation of the "legendary" Monterosso Lemon and continuing you will go through the typical terraced olive groves of Cinque Terre. (more…)

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From Monterosso to Vernazza via sanctuaries

Posted on 21 November 2016, in Blog

This route for moderately experienced hikers, starts from Piazza Garibaldi, located in the heart of the old town of Monterosso, from where we head towards Fegina, along the beautiful waterfront of the village which is the most populated of the Cinque Terre.

From Fegina, trough SVA uphill path, you may reach the headland of Punta Mesco that closes the Gulf of the Cinque Terre and from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of all five villages.
Then take the path n. 591 with various ups and downs that leads to Colle di Gritta which stands at 330 meters above sea level and then along a stretch of paved road indicating Monterosso. On the left of the road you get to take the path n. 509 to the beautiful medieval shrine of Our Lady of Soviore, considered one of the oldest places of worship in Liguria, as stated already in a document dating back to 1244. (more…)

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The path n. 530 – From Volastra to Telegrafo

Posted on 3 May 2016, in Blog

In the network of paths of Cinque Terre, the stretch of the so-called path of the Sanctuaries has been included by using n. 530. It is mostly dirt road that from Volastra leads to the Telegrafo, passing by the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero.
The road was built in the 50s to connect La Spezia with the then isolated Cinque Terre and in the 70s after the construction of the coastal road, this old road was abandoned giving place to a relaxing location in the Mediterranean bush where the surroundings are mostly flat and access to vehicles is restricted to the owners of the land adjacent to the road.
From Volastra there is a short stretch of paved road up to the local cemetery, then on foot you may follow the dirt road that in two hours leads to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero and then in 40 minutes you may climb till the hill of the Telegraph which stands at 513 m. above sea level, where you may find a bar/restaurant. From here, you can follow onto the High Way of the Cinque Terre, that in approximately 3 hours leads to Portovenere, passing by the village of Campiglia in a stretch of uncontaminated nature with unique views. (more…)

Vernazza

Path n. 507 from San Bernardino to Vernazza

Posted on 11 December 2015, in Blog

From the village of San Bernardino, sanctuary of Corniglia, you may reach Vernazza through the beautiful path n. 507, all with sea view, in about 30-40 minutes.
San Bernardino, located at 385 meters above sea level, consists of a small inhabited that gathers around the sanctuary of Nostra Signora delle Grazie whose celebration is on September 8. San Bernardino is on the route that links all the sanctuaries of the Cinque Terre and it is accessible in about 40 minutes by car from La Spezia to Manarola following the road 370 and then from Manarola taking the road 51. The other possibility is to go by train to Vernazza and then climb to the village using the shuttle buses of the National Park. (more…)

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The path Volastra-Riomaggiore via Groppo-Costa Corniolo (n. 532C / n. 531)

Posted on 1 September 2015, in Blog

The path in question is the only way to reach directly Riomaggiore starting from Volastra, without going through Manarola, considering the prolonged closure of the stretch of the Blue Trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore, better known worldwide as the "Via dell’Amore".

The path starts right in Volastra, in the lower part of the village, where once stood the stables that gave rest to the horses of the pilgrims who were travelling along via Romea. In fact "Vicus Oleaster" (Volastra in latin language) was considered a staging post for changing horses since Roman times. (more…)