Liguria, Italy Map of Riviera di Levante, Italy All photos by Hetty
29th April 2015 Introduction to this holiday
We did our longest walk on the best day – walk 5 in our book, which said it is one of the most exciting routes on the Riviera di Levante.
Distance 14km = 8.7 miles, maximum height reached 600m= 1970ft.
There is a steady climb of 500m = 1650ft at the beginning, and the descent is quite tricky in places.
We took the train from Levanto to Riomaggiore – another small town with steep, narrow streets, and walked up this old pilgrims route to a church at a wonderful view point
Looking down on Riomaggiore and the coast to the north
A monorail to take the grape harvest down to the wine cellars
We climbed up on to the ridge, and could see down both sides of the peninsula.
La Spezia is a large naval and container port
The base of an old windmill
Mr H wondering how Hetty will get up this huge step
The path down was tricky, but the view was lovely
The Gulf of La Spezia
Portovenere’s castle and Palmaria island, at the end of the peninsula
San Pietro church sits on a rocky out crop
Portovenere‘s 12th century gate
Portovenere’s harbour and very tall houses
We went on this ferry to La Spezia, then by train back to Levanto
La Spezia from the ferry. Earlier we were high up somewhere looking down on here