Walking in Liguria: Postcard Perfect

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 05:48
The castle in Rapallo and colorful houses on the Italian Riviera

A five-day walking itinerary in a beautiful corner of Liguria was inaugurated this summer. It’s called Cammino nel Tigullio and takes place, as the name suggests, in the Gulf of Tigullio in the eastern Riviera. 

The walk is 75-km long and can be divided into five stages - five days, four nights, sleeping at local facilities affiliated with the project, launched by BioTigullio5Terre.

The itinerary begins at Chiavari and proceeds to the 16th-century Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro, 612 meters above sea level, one of the most important in Liguria; it then reaches the rural, little-known village of Chignero, less than 100 residents just a few kilometers from the more popular Rapallo, with its 16th-century fortress by the waterfront. 

From Chignero, you continue to the Regional Park of Monte di Portofino, reaching San Lorenzo della Costa first, a fraction of Santa Margherita Ligure, and San Fruttuoso di Camogli, home to the 10th-century abbey; by boat, you get to Portofino and from there walk along the coastal path to Santa Margherita Ligure.

The last stage of the walk runs parallel to the sea, between Santa Margherita and Rapallo, passes a few tiny fishing villages, before completing the loop and returning to Chiavari.

Even if you’re not up for the entire trek, you can just walk parts of it. It’s a different way to experience the Italian Riviera, which can get very crowded with tourists in the warm season. 

Furthermore, this walking itinerary is very panoramic, as you’re always walking either above or alongside the blue sea of Liguria; it helps you experience the area and enjoy the villages at a slower pace, making it easier to interact with the locals.