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Itinerary of the Ancient settlements

On foot         Great Interest: Panorama Great Interest: Religion Great Interest: Archeology Great Interest: Hystory 
  • Forward time: 3 hour/s 45 minutes
  • Return time: 3 hour/s 45 minutes
  • Length: 11.02 km
  • Difference in height: 199m

Paths: SVA, AV5T, 504, 535, 536
To reach the end of the SVA path from the train station, once crossed the tunnel on the right, one climbs the main way up to the upper part of the village called "Lavaccio", where an information point of the Cinque Terre National Park is situated. The first path markers can be found when one crosses the main street leaving the "Rio Major". At the beginning the path runs along drystone walls and cultivated areas and vegetable gardens, with the river at its side along the whole stretch, between alders and black elders.
Once reached an old mill now being used as dwelling on the riverbed, one climbs the stone stairway where Mount Verrugoli is visible from.
After a short stretch characterized by thick layers of the Arenarie Zonate di Riomaggiore, the path crosses the Macigno sandstone. Between the cracks of the drystone walls it grows the Selaginella denticulata, a small fern and living fossil very similar to its ancestor that lived 200 million years ago.
Between vineyards and cultivated lands, that had been abandoned and have been now covered by the Mediterranean shrubs with tree heath, one reaches the provincial road 370 of Cinque Terre: once crossed it, on the left of the beginning of the SVA path, there is a small bridge. Here one finds the chestnut trees, sign of how its presence was an important element of the country economy. The last stretch continues on a flat road near small rural buildings up to the square of the Madonna di Montenero Sancturay.
From the large meadow surrounding the Sanctuary one enjoys a remarkable view of the whole gulf of the Cinque Terre up to Punta Mesco, whereas towards Levante one can see the coasts of Tramonti with the Ferale cliff and the Palmaria and Tino islands on the background.

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