Circular walk from Levanto
Country - Italy
Region - Ligurian Coast (including Cinque Terre)
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 9.0 km / 5.6 miles
Ascent - 400 metres / 1320 feet
Time - 4.00 hours
This circular walk starts from the pleasant seaside village of Levanto and takes you into the hills lying to the east. The route traverses typical scenery of this area. The route is mainly easy to follow although some paths do seem to suffer from lack of use. Refreshment opportunities are limited to a small bar towards the end of the walk.
The walk directions are based from the main railway station which lies about ten minutes' walk from the village centre. Exit the station and walk down the ramp towards the village centre. Continue down Via Roma. Turn right into Salita Francesco (opposite Via Garibaldi). Continue over the footbridge and follow the stepped path, passing the Church of NS Annunziata, up to a tarmac road.
Turn right along the road for 2 km passing through the hamlet of Santa Anna. Just before the hamlet of Lizza there is a sharp right hand bend - note if you can see the village you have gone too far along the road). Turn right off the road to join a small lane, passing a small chapel on your left to walk between some houses. At the next fork, keep straight ahead (right), following a cobbled path downhill. You soon pass a sign indicating that Fossato is 10 minutes away. Reaching the road at Fossato, turn right and almost immediately left onto a waymarked (path 30a) concrete track. Go past the converted water mill and continue uphill tarmac lane towards Montale-Casella for about 800 metres.
The lane veers right. On your left is a recently constructed concrete track. This leads steeply uphill to the village of Dosso. The concrete ends and the path gets narrower. eventually reaching a flight of steps that lead you into Dosso. Turn first right onto a lane, go under an arch, and bear right down some steps to join the path to Casella - Montale. The path snakes downhill, quite steeply in places, to reach a waymarked junction. Turn left towards Montale and almost immediately right to cross an old stone bridge.
The path rises gently through olive groves with the church tower at Montale soon coming into sight. Cross a tar lane to pick up the continuing path passing a small shrine to reach the main road at Montale. Walk towards the church passing a small bar on the left for well-earned refreshments.
Go past the church and locate a cluster of footpath signs one of which points to the right for Levanto. Initially the path is level, but after 100 metres turns left down some steps. At the next junction fork right indicated with a red waymark. Follow this path out of the village to reach a tarmac lane. Turn left onto this lane. The tarmac soon gives way to cobbles. You are now on the old "road" from Montale to Levanto.
The cobbled lane descends steeply in places (take care after rain). Towards the end of the lane bear left by the 'Cabina Metano' to reach the suburb of Pie Dell' Erta. Walk straight ahead to reach a 'stop' sign and turn left onto a busier road. Follow this road towards 'Centro' until you go under the main railway line. Steps on the far side of the underbridge lead right up to the station. If you started the walk in Levanto then continue ahead until you reach the village centre.
- Kompass - Sheet 644 - Cinque Terre - scale 1:50000
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