The high path of the Cinque Terre (ex-trail no. 1) is the path that reaches Levanto from Portovenere, through the ridge of the hills that separate the coast of the Cinque Terre from Val di Vara, tracing the ancient paths of the Ligurian inhabitants and then of the Roman and medieval militia. It reaches the highest point on Mount Malpertuso, 800 meters above sea level, and it takes about 12 hours on foot that can ideally be divided into four sections of 3 hours’ walk each Portovenere-Telegraph, Telegraph-Cigoletta, Cigoletta-Soviore and Soviore-Levanto.
The starting point in Portovenere is from Piazza Bastreri, at the entrance of the old walled village, with a steep staircase that touching the Castello Doria, through an ancient marble quarry reaches Mount Muzzerone which is a natural gym among the most renowned in Europe for climbing.After Mount Muzzerone you walk along a stretch of paved road above the village of Grazie until you reach a spectacular rocky ledge called “Pitone” (python) beetling into the open sea, and then continue to the village of Campiglia, where there is a beautiful wind mill recovered in its original structure and that has become the symbol of the village.
From Campiglia you go up again with a staircase overlooking the sea, among orchards and vineyards, and then enter the forest consisting of pines, chestnuts, oaks and rare specimens of cork oaks up to the pass of the Telegrafo which is 513 meters above sea level.
From here you have a wonderful view of the Cinque Terre and its terraced vineyards sloping down to the sea, which struck the illustrious Florentine painter Telemaco Signorini, who visited this part of Liguria in 1860, when no driveways or rails were existing. The main street of the village of Riomaggiore has been named after him.
27 February 2024
Trails 523 – AVG – 521: walking around the hills of the Gulf of Poets.
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
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