A wonderful walk from Levanto to Monterosso
Last week I hiked from Levanto to Monterosso with some friends and our Jenni, as we always do on Friday afternoon 🙂
We didn’t follow the usual trail, but passed through Sella Bagari, Colla di Gritta and the lovely Soviore Shrine.
Here’s a short video of my hike.
Until Punta Mesco we followed the CAI SVA trail, but once on the peak we climbed towards Sella Bagari and Colla di Gritta. We took the AV5T path, but before that we visited the hermitage of San Antonio. We also stopped to admire the Cinque Terre coastline through the ruined windows of the former observatory!
Once at the Colla, we walked a few hundred meters along the state road 370 to the Sanctuary of Soviore, because of the wild vegetation that unfortunately wrapped the path…
In Soviore we decided to treat us with a short break at the local bar! We had a well-deserved glass of Cinque Terre wine and a yummy slice of onion focaccia! We even seat at the stony table I used to play on when a kid! Yes, I was born in Soviore…
As the sun started to set down we walked downhill to Monterosso. We took trail n° 509, the ancient Via Crucis, whose Stations unfortunately are in a very bad state of conservation …
Once downtown in Monterosso you actually have several options, such as a drink, a relaxing swim or even a little shopping. We stopped by at Cantina Miky for a typical dinner with anchovies and local white wine and we really enjoyed it.
Getting back to Levanto is much easier as we took an evening train. We were back at the Oasi in not even ten minutes!
Hiking time: 4h
Difference in altitude: + 500 m
Difficulty: for expert hikers
Highly recommended to avoid this hike in case of rain or wet ground!