Strolling the Alta By way of dei Monti Liguri, Italy

Italy has plenty of lengthy distance trails and though the Alta By way of dei Monti Liguri was created over 30 years in the past, it’s nearly unknown outdoors the area.

The 430km Alta By way of path crosses Liguria from west to east, following the mountains above the coast, beginning in Ventimiglia and ending in Ceparana.

There’s a specific amount of confusion as a result of there are different Alta By way of paths in Italy, notably within the Dolomites. This one definitely deserves extra recognition as you get to see the entire size of Liguria.

You are able to do its 44 phases on foot and likewise by mountain bike, though that’s greater than 100km longer. It crosses the Ligurian Alps and Apennines following the coast, however staying on the excessive floor at round 1000m. Because of this, though you see the ocean at each flip you by no means get shut sufficient to swim.

This isn’t troublesome mountain climbing, slightly extra a pleasing stroll, and a community of greater than 100 B&B’s alongside the path ensures you at all times have someplace to remain each evening. A few of them are a brief distance from the trail however will decide you up and even switch your baggage. For those who get into bother or want data there’s a 24 hour helpline. Meals is copious and rustic however, as at all times in Italy, extraordinarily satisfying.

I’ve a few days free in Genoa, so resolve to do two sections to the West of the town.

DAY 1:

Prato Rotondo – Monte Beigua – Passo del Faiallo

I in a single day in Albergo Monte Cucco in Alberola the place a scrumptious dinner units me up for the subsequent day’s strolling. The rain has cleared by the morning however there’s a robust chilly wind.

The solar does make an look and the sunshine is gorgeous. I get a carry to my begin level, Prato Rotondo within the Beigua Regional Nationwide Park. Under me on the coast are the villages of Cogoleto and Arenzano and there’s a delicate climb to the Frattin summit at 1145m. There are not any timber right here so the views are large with Genoa showing within the distance.

Genoa in the distance

Genoa within the distance

The spring flowers are out, together with the uncommon Bertoloni violet, solely discovered on this area. That is simple strolling with wonderful sea views all the best way and Genoa showing within the distance.  

After round 9km, I enter beech woods and gently descend to the Passo del Faiallo, my closing vacation spot for at this time. This was as soon as an vital crossing for the salt roads that related Liguria to Piedmont.

Day2: 

Passo del Turchino – Colle Gandolfi – Colla di Praglia – Prato Persegin – Gorzente Lakes – Passo della Bocchetta

I in a single day in B&B Le Giutte and subsequent morning the solar is out and the wind is mild. I begin at Passo del Turchino at 532m dishonest barely as I’m lacking out the three hour stroll from Passo del Faiallo.

Day Two Climb

Day Two Climb

The dust monitor is initially flat by means of woodland however then begins to climb pretty steeply as much as Colle Gandolfi. I’m now on the sting of the Capanne di Marcarolo Pure Regional Park and within the distance, to the west I can see the snow coated Alps

I proceed on the ridge step by step descending to an asphalt highway which I comply with for a brief distance earlier than veering off to climb by means of woods as much as Passo Mezzano at 1063 m.  

Under me I can see the Laghi del Gorzente, three lakes constructed to supply water for Genoa. Trying in direction of the coast, I can see the shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia (“Our Girl of the Watch”) positioned on the highest of Monte Figogna.   

Nostra Signora della Guardia

Nostra Signora della Guardia

I skirt the edges of Monte Leco, with its mass of radio masts earlier than reaching a solitary antenna the place I be part of a cobbled highway. This leads me to all the way down to Passo della Bocchetta at 776m.

Claudio Simonetti meets me and takes me to his B&B Casa Torre in Campomorone the place he cooks me dinner. He’s one of many founders of the Affiliation for Hospitality on Alta By way of dei Monti Liguri and is the primary contact for walkers and bikers alongside the route. Surprisingly he at all times solutions the devoted telephone line and is fluent in French and English, helpful as most B&B house owners solely converse Italian. He tells me that, in addition to giving recommendation, there are occasions instances when he rescues walkers – both they’ve acquired misplaced or have been trapped by the climate.

I spend my closing evening on the snug and quiet Agriturismo La Costa in Mignanego earlier than catching my flight from Genoa, solely round 20 km away.

Though most individuals may discover the prospect of mountain climbing the entire route slight daunting, it’s completely potential to pattern sections both aspect of Genoa.

You might simply discover them in an extended weekend and there’s the added bonus of spending an evening within the metropolis.

Reality File

FLY: Ryanair and British Airways each fly direct to Genoa from London.

ROUTES: Altavia Information 24H has details about the strolling and biking routes, together with detailed instructions. Free 24 hour phone: +39.338.16.29.347

MORE INFO:

Go to Genoa has details about the town.

Lamialiguria has details about the area.

Be Energetic Liguria has details about outside actions.

 


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