Hiking Liguira- Cavi di Lavagna (Borgo) – Sestri Levante

Hiking Liguira- Cavi di Lavagna (Borgo) – Sestri Levante

Hiking Cavi di Lavagna (Borgo) – Ruins Church of Sant’Anna (129 m.) – Sestri Levante

A stone’s throw from the Hotel Doria in the first street on the right, between the houses of the Borgo, begins the path with a staircase that then continues on the route of the Ancient Via Romana, (the Via Emilia Scauri) of which some traces can still be seen along with daring stone bridges on the climb to S. Anna. Once you reach the ruins of the ancient church dedicated to St. Anna you can enjoy a beautiful view. Leaving the ruins, the path descends on Sestri Levante through the Fico Valley.

Arrived on the Aurelia Street you can return to Cavi di Lavagna passing under the galleries along the S.S. Aurelia.

Travel time: 0.40 hours up to the ruins of the Church of S. Anna. In total 1.30.

Cavi di Lavagna (Borgo) – Santa Giulia di Centaura (254 m) –

Continuing straight ahead for about fifty meters on the right, between the houses, begins the path that goes up to Santa Giulia, the first stretch between paved road and paths between houses, olive groves and vegetable gardens. In the second section you go along an ancient mule track in the chestnut wood where here and there you can see ancient slate quarries from which heavy slabs were extracted that the women carried on their heads up to the port of Lavagna, where they were loaded on the leudi, ancient boats to single sail, to be transported to Genoa.

Once you reach the Church of Santa Giulia, stop and look at the view, the centuries-old holm oak and the parish church

Possibility to continue the path up to Monte Capenardo (693 m)

From nearby Sestri Levante:

Punta Manara (between Sestri Levante and Riva Trigoso)

On the promontory there is a network of well-marked paths that allow you to appreciate splendid panoramas and to make pleasant and easy walks among holm oak woods, centennial specimens of cork oaks, Mediterranean scrub, and carefully cultivated strips. The end of the promontory reachable on foot is called the Telegraph (about 180 m above the sea). It was a lookout point and the seat of the optical telegraph: from here the view extends, on clear days, from the Tuscan archipelago to France.

The headland entrances are different:

from the historic center of Sestri Levante (Via XXV Aprile) we start from Vico del Bottone continuing on the Salita della Mandrella, following the path indicated with two full red squares from San Bartolomeo della Ginestra and from Riva, passing through the houses of Ginestra. Trail marker: first two empty red triangles, up to the junction of M. Castello, then two full red dots from the cemetery of Sestri Levante going up towards the Mandrella. Trail marker: none but well-marked trail

along Via Fascie, at the Cantine Molinetti area. Markers: two full red dots

Punta Baffe (between Riva Trigoso to Moneglia or Casarza Ligure)

As Punta Manara, Punta Baffe allows you to follow extremely panoramic paths, rich in historical and naturalistic interests.

In 2004 the promontory was devastated by a terrible fire: still today the signs are clearly visible but some strips of vegetation have been saved and in some areas the Mediterranean scrub is taking back possession of the land.

The most well-known and popular path starts from the cemetery of Riva Trigoso (trail marker: two red circles) and leads to the tower that was part, like that of Punta Manara, of the sighting system to defend against pirate raids carried out since the sixteenth century.

Another route starts from Manierta, in front of the Riva Trigoso station (signpost: two red crosses; goes up to M. Comunaglia) and crosses, at Colle del Lago, the path (two red circles) that connects the sighting tower (to the right of who climbs) to the Moneglia M. (to the left of the one who climbs).

The paths that start from Riva allow you to reach Casarza Ligure, crossing portions of woods not covered by fire, or to continue towards Moneglia; in the latter case it is possible to choose between itineraries at different heights, a lower one that passes over the Vallegrande area (signpost: a line and a solid red dot, starting from the sighting tower), and a higher one that starts from the Monte Moneglia and passes from Monte Comunaglia (trail sign: two red Xs), already in the Moneglia area.

The views range from the valley of Sestri, to those of Val Petronio, to vast sea areas that embrace the entire Gulf of Tigullio and on clear days allow even wider views.


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