In the stretch of the Alta Via Delle Cinque Terre (AV5T), former path n. 1, from Portovenere towards Campiglia the hiker meets the signs AVG, that stands for “Alta Via del Golfo” which is the path that covers the whole spectrum of the Gulf of La Spezia, as to say from Bocca di Magra to Portovenere.
The AVG follows the same path as the AV5T from Portovenere until the Derbi saddle which stands at 190 meters above sea level. From here the path branches off to the east to the summit of Mount Castellana, where at 502 meters above sea level stands Fort Napoleon with stunning 360 degree views of the Gulf of La Spezia.
Continuing we reach the village of Campiglia in a succession of views: first the Bay of Le Grazie, then the Gulf, then in sequence the Apuan Alps and part of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.From Campiglia the AVG follows the former 4A trail till the Gesiola saddle (496 meters above sea level) and then the hiker will take a staircase in the middle of a chestnut wood and will pass by a route next to the quarry that descends to Biassa.
In the stretch from Biassa to Foce the AVG path makes use of the “way of Redemè” which from the church of St. Martino leads to the Guardia Sanctuary at Vignale with an old mule track which is a beautiful pulpit of the Gulf of Poets. Hence the AVG follows the paved road for a long stretch and then goes along the “Staircase of the Sanctuary”, through the panoramic group of houses at Bersedo, up to Villa Paganini.
In this section we find two paths leading to La Spezia: the path n. 522 that descends to the quarter of Pegazzano through Murlo Crest and the path n. 521 that descends to the quarter of Rebocco through Maggiano.
The Foce pass is now close with the possibility to return to La Spezia and Portovenere by public transportation.
18 March 2023
The ring San Terenzo – Trebiano – Pugliola – Venere Azzurra on the ancient flax road.
19 January 2022
The Park of the Walls: balcony on the Gulf of Poets
13 October 2021
Creuza de Ma: seaside mule track
1 April 2021
Loop San Terenzo – La Serra – Rocchetta – Zanego – Lerici
13 December 2020
The Parish church of Marinasco: breathtaking terrace over the Gulf of Poets
6 November 2020
L’Antro del Corchia: the jewel of the Apuan Alps
23 October 2020
The Monterosso’s lemons’ festival
11 October 2020
The origins of the Via dell’Amore
21 April 2020
Lerici and San Terenzo: the bay of the english
27 March 2020
Vernazza: on the waterfront
7 December 2019
Corniglia: a terrace on the sea
8 September 2019
The path 436: from Montemarcello to Punta Corvo beach
22 April 2019
The anchovies of Monterosso
3 December 2018
The Via Francigena: walking in the history
18 September 2018
The path n. 508: from Vernazza to Reggio
2 May 2018
Portovenere: splendid pearl on the sea!
11 January 2018
Montereggio: a village of booksellers and publishers
15 November 2017
From Lerici to Bocca di Magra with the Liguria Trail (SL)
13 August 2017
The island of Palmaria
14 March 2017
Sciacchetrail 2017 – Third Edition
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