Hike Cinque Terre: Levanto-Monterosso
A breathtaking hike, characterised by lush Mediterranean scrub, stunning views and the ruins of an ancient hermitage. Nature and history intertwine and make this path unique!
Accompanied by a certified environmental and hiking guide, you will follow the path from Levanto up to Punta Mesco and then down to Monterosso al Mare, the first village in the Cinque Terre National Park.
Why choose an excursion on foot? Because in this way you will be able to grasp the true essence of this marvellous and fragile territory of Liguria: panoramas unique in the world, terraces overlooking the sea dedicated to the cultivation of vines, the scents of a luxuriant Mediterranean maquis, and the ruins of ancient hermitages… all this is Liguria!
Walking time: 3,5 hours
Length: 6 km
Height difference: +/- 360 m
The meeting with the guide will be at the railway station of Levanto, from here you will reach the historical centre of the village for a short visit: Piazza del Popolo with its loggia of the Municipality, the Medieval Castle, Piazza Cavour with its elegant portico and the Church of Sant’Andrea characterised by a façade in splendid white marble alternating with dark green serpentine.
This is the start of our splendid excursion that will take us up to Punta Mesco, the promontory that geographically “closes” the Cinque Terre National Park.
Along the path, whose altimetric profile is characterised by an initial ascent to 360 metres (Punta Mesco) and then a descent to sea level (Monterosso), you will always be accompanied by luxuriant Mediterranean scrub characterised by euphorbias, strawberry trees and heather, cliffs overlooking the sea with the ever-present seagulls and wonderful views.
Once you reach Punta Mesco, you will appreciate the ruins of the small church and convent of Sant’Antonio: a settlement not only with a religious function, but also with an important defensive role against Saracen raids.
From here, we continue downhill until we reach the first village of the Cinque Terre: Monterosso. The village is divided into two settlements: Fegina, where the main beaches and accommodation facilities are located, and the old village where you can admire the classic coloured houses, the 14th-century church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and, with a short walk, the Convento dei Frati Cappuccini from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the village.
Tour duration: 4 hours
Very scenic and exposed hike, very sunny and therefore to be avoided in August!
Recommended equipment: walking shoes, sportswear, water bottle, sun cream and sunglasses.