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528 (former no. 11) Campiglia - Punta Persico

On foot         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Hystory 
  • Forward time:   40 minutes
  • Return time: 1 hour/s 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
  • Length: 1.278 km
  • Difference in height: 358m

This trail connects the village of Campiglia to Persico pebbly beach. Hikers arriving from La Spezia will find the starting point in Santa Caterina square, where the trail enters the Park's boundary and meets the AV5T. After a short stretch of paved road the trail turns to the left down the stairway to Tramonti. It descends gently among vineyards, scattered houses and cultivated terraces, and passes by the fields where the cultivation of saffron and myrtle-leaved orange trees is favored by the peculiar environment. The area is also plenty of Indian fig opuntia. Further along the trail, from the place called Chioso, a secondary trail (528V) descends toward the place called Navone.

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The path then becomes steeper and steps get higher, climbing down along abandoned terraces now covered with Mediterranean scrub (tree heath, broom shrubs, holm oaks, mastic shrubs and spurge). Passing by the place called Case Persico you can notice a white mulberry, a reminder of the local tradition (now lost) of breeding silkworms. Past the group of houses, the stairway becomes uneven. Some old traces of sandstone mining can be seen on the right side of the slope, the stone was traditionally used to pave roads in La Spezia and Genoa. In the last stretch of path, the ruined flight of steps were recently replaced by a concrete pavement. Persico beach, where the trail ends, is a pebbly beach with a fresh water spring at the back.

Points of Interest:

  • Localities crossed: Campiglia, Case Persico, il Persico
  • Plants: Cultivated fields, pinewood of maritime pines, shrubland with spurge, garrigue and rocky soil vegetation
  • Services and shops: Campiglia
  • Points of water: Persico beach

More information at mappe.parconazionale5terre.it:

We remind you that the Cinque Terre National Park's trails must be always walked with good climatic weather conditions, with adequate shoes and only by persons having a good hiking experience.
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