Presentation of the Apartments

Two excellent tourist flats in the heart of the historic centre of Genoa: the apartment “Rose”, 60 m2, accommodates up to 4 people, the apartment “Maria”, 98 m2 up to 6 people. Both are tastefully decorated and fully equipped to make your stay comfortable. Free WiFi up to 20mbs is available. All areas of great interest are within a few minutes walking distance. The center is in fact entirely pedestrianized and allows you to move from both apartments in every direction.

The center of the historic town

The center is in fact entirely pedestrianized and allows you to move from both apartments in every direction: the area of Aquarium, the largest in Europe, where the ferries leave to Portofino and the Cinque Terre as well as the “children’s-town”, an entire hall dedicated to the youngest. Nearby you find also the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Palazzo Ducale, the Opera House “Carlo Felice”, the most famous museums and the magnificent Via Garibaldi which is located a few meters from apartment Rose.

Hikes

Day Hikes Near Genoa – Walk N° 6

This guide is a contribution from G.R. Horn, one of our guests, who has contributed, to make also your stay a pleasant experience.

 
Campi – Righi (Genova)
This walk is the easiest of them all and the one closest to Genova itself. The walk itself takes no more than two hours, and it only entails one train ride in total. For the start of this walk, take the Genova – Casella train (see Walk No. 2) and hop off at Campi. Take the gravel road leading back in the direction the train just came from. After a hundred yards this track will feed into a paved road. Follow this road in the direction you have been walking in. After another hundred yards, the road makes a near 180 degree turn to the left. In about another hundred yards the road, which has been climbing, reaches the pass. Here you need to turn right on a gravel road. On some days, a small restaurant / snack bar is open on your immediate left as you begin to walk on the gravel path.
From now on you will essentially go straight ahead on this gently winding path which, for at least one hour, proceeds at a smooth and level altitude. Views of the Valbisagno and the hillsides and mountains to the east are a constant feature of this path. Eventually you will begin to reach the outskirts of the system of fortifications characteristic of the Righi portion of Genova just above the city center […]

Day Hikes Near Genoa – Walk N° 5

This guide is a contribution from G.R. Horn, one of our guests, who has contributed, to make also your stay a pleasant experience.

 
(San Martino di Paravanico) Pian di Praglia – Pegli
This walk is another relatively strenuous exercise, and you should wait until you have a reasonably clear day as, once again, parts of the walk are rather more difficult to carry through if fog shrouds vision and trail markings. Just as described in Walk No. 1, you should take the train to Pondecimo, make your way to the ALI busstop and then take the bus to San Martino di Paravanico. You will probably have to change busses in Campomorone (see Walk No. 2). Stay in the bus until the very end of the line, which is on the far (upper!) end of San Martino. From here you have the same kinds of choices in order to make your way up to Pian di Praglia as I described as options going in the other direction, heading down from Pian di Praglia, in Walk No. 3. You can walk up the quiet road all the way to the pass, or you can try to hitch a ride with a local driver going uphill. The author of these lines was, once again, lucky and obtained a free ride up to the pass after twenty minutes of walking. The walk up the road itself is not overly strenuous, just somewhat longish, considering that another four hours of somewhat difficult terrain is still ahead of […]

Day Hikes Near Genoa – Walk N° 4

This guide is a contribution from G.R. Horn, one of our guests, who has contributed, to make also your stay a pleasant experience.

 
(Pietralavezzara) Passo della Bocchetta – Pian di Praglia (San Martino di Paravanico)
This walk is a more challenging hike, and for the core section of it alone, from the Passo della Bochetta to Pian di Praglia, you need to count on four hours walking time. Portions of it are almost alpine in terms of the terrain, although you should be doing well with normal good walking shoes. Wait for a clear day to make this walk, as the views are superb and fog could dampen more than your spirits.
To get to the Passo della Bochetta, you first need to make it to Pietralavezzara, the closest bus stop to the pass. Take the train to Pontedecimo first, then take an ALI bus to Pietralavezzara (see Walk No. 1 for the location of the bus stop), though often you will need to change in Campomorone, as direct buses from Pontedecimo to Pietralavezzara are few and far between. But the transfer in Campomorone usually works out well. If the schedule says that you can make it, you can count on it. At least this was the experience of the author of these lines.
From Pietralavezzara (520m) you will first need to climb the three kilometers stretch of country road. The bird song and the sound of burbling brooks will reward you for it! Right at the pass turn left up a rocky track to […]

Day Hikes Near Genoa – Walk N° 3

This guide is a contribution from G.R. Horn, one of our guests, who has contributed, to make also your stay a pleasant experience.

 
Crocetta di Orero – Colle di Creto
This walk is just as easy as Walk No. 2. To get to the starting point, take the quaint railway from Genova to Casella, but don’t forget to get off at Crocetta di Orero, just a few stops before the final destination of Casella. Retrace your steps to the road above the rail line. Then go east along the well-marked (AV signs abound) trail which goes fairly steeply uphill. Once you have climbed the hill, the trail continues to go up and down across various outcroppings, all of them allowing for excellent views in all directions, weather permitting. At roughly the halfway point of this walk, at a location marked Sella on the map, some guidebooks promise a refreshment stand. When this walker passed by Sella, there was no such outlet to be seen, but then I walked this trail in early November. The final descent from Monte Carossino to Creto was a leisurely descent across open meadows, with marvellous views to the higher peaks towards the east. Creto itself has a number of bars and restaurants on offer. For those readers who like to watch movies in fresh mountain air, a special treat awaits you in Creto. The Movie House (Via di Creto 117/1) is perched right on the edge of the precipice leading straight down the mountainside from Creto into […]

Day Hikes Near Genoa – Walk N° 2

This guide is a contribution from G.R. Horn, one of our guests, who has contributed, to make also your stay a pleasant experience.

 
Passo dei Giovi – Crocetta d’Orero
This walk takes about two to three hours and is, once again, perfect for an afternoon (or morning) excursion. To get to the Passo dei Giovi, follow the steps described in the previous walk. Upon leaving the bus, simply head in the other direction, following the ubiquitous red-and-white AV signs. This walk leads through an alternating landscape of meadows and forests and passes a major pilgrimage site. The Passo dei Giovi (472 m) and Crocetta d’Orero (469m) are located at almost precisely equal altitude, but to get from one to the other you will need to saunter up and down a few hillsides, none of them of any particular difficulty. After the first half hour of a gentle climb, you reach the Santuario Nostra Signora della Vittoria www.santuariodellavittoria.it. The artistic treasures of the pilgrimage site are well worth the effort, but note also the spacious restaurant and bar!
The final descent to Crocetta d’Orero is slightly steeper than the other portions of this gentle stroll. After crossing the local road in Crocetta, go down to the train station stop, where you will be in line for another treat: the ride on the quaint, old-fashioned single-track railway leading from Casella to Genova (one stop beyond Crocetta d’Orero towards the north). Consult www.ferroviagenovacasella.it for the schedule and much more. But before stepping into the iron-wrought carriages of […]

Day Hikes Near Genoa – Walk N° 1

This guide is a contribution from G.R. Horn, one of our guests, who has contributed, to make also your stay a pleasant experience.

 

 

One of the many advantages of Genova is its proximity to a number of wonderful (and sometimes even challenging) day hikes in the Ligurian Apennines surrounding the city.
One of Italy’s most famous and beautiful long-distance hiking trails, the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, passes by Genoa a few miles inland. Several sections of this well-marked trail can be easily managed in a few spare hours of walking time.
For all hikes listed you should purchase a good map of a scale no larger than 1:50.000. The writer of these lines used the following map which conveniently covers all listed walks: Istituto Geografico Centrale (Torino), Carta dei Sentieri e dei rifugi No. 16: Genova Varazze Ovada (1:50.000).
For public transportation timetables, see www.trenitalia.com for trains and www.orariotrasporti.regione.liguria.it for the indispensable Autolinee Liguri, or ALI for short. If you don’t have access to the web, the ALI office on Piazza Vittoria has paper versions of most schedules.

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