Italy has numerous lengthy distance trails and though the Alta Through dei Monti Liguri was created over 30 years in the past, it’s nearly unknown exterior the area.
The 430km Alta Through 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 Through 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 climbing, relatively extra a nice stroll, and a community of greater than 100 B&B’s alongside the path ensures you all the time have someplace to remain each night time. A few of them are a brief distance from the trail however will choose you up and even switch your baggage. For those who get into bother or want info there’s a 24 hour helpline. Meals is copious and rustic however, as all the time in Italy, extraordinarily satisfying.
I’ve a few days free in Genoa, so determine to do two sections to the West of town.
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 following 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 elevate 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 bushes right here so the views are super with Genoa showing within the distance.
The spring flowers are out, together with the uncommon Bertoloni violet, solely discovered on this area. That is straightforward 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 remaining vacation spot for right now. This was as soon as an vital crossing for the salt roads that related Liguria to Piedmont.
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.
The filth monitor is initially flat via 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 lined Alps
I proceed on the ridge step by step descending to an asphalt street which I comply with for a brief distance earlier than veering off to climb via woods as much as Passo Mezzano at 1063 m.
Under me I can see the Laghi del Gorzente, three lakes constructed to offer water for Genoa. Trying in direction of the coast, I can see the shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia (“Our Woman of the Watch”) situated on the highest of Monte Figogna.
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 street. 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 Through dei Monti Liguri and is the principle contact for walkers and bikers alongside the route. Surprisingly he all the time solutions the devoted cellphone line and is fluent in French and English, helpful as most B&B homeowners 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 remaining night time 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 climbing the entire route slight daunting, it’s completely attainable to pattern sections both facet of Genoa.
You might simply discover them in a protracted weekend and there’s the added bonus of spending an evening within the metropolis.
FLY: Ryanair and British Airways each fly direct to Genoa from London.
ROUTES: Altavia Data 24H has details about the strolling and biking routes, together with detailed instructions. Free 24 hour phone: +39.3126.96.36.1997
Go to Genoa has details about town.
Lamialiguria has details about the area.
Be Energetic Liguria has details about out of doors actions.