Trekking in Liguria’s Riviera delle Palme

Portovenere
Portovenere – Photo © Massimo Ginesi

There is no better way to enjoy the natural beauties of the Riviera Ligure delle Palme than to go for a walk, immersed in the colors and odors that unite the sea and the land in this part of Liguria in such a unique manner.Walking as a pleasure, then, but also walking as a sport. Here the trekking routes offer delights all the year round: excursions at the height of winter through the scented Mediterranean maquis and pleasant summer strolls in the shade of the vast pine and beech woods of the mountains back from the coast, in the most wooded region of Italy.

A wide range of itineraries, suited to family walks or to marathon runners in training, is described in the many practical guides that have been published. Whole days can be spent rambling up and down the plateaus of the Riviera, in search of unusual panoramas or traces of history along the trails cut long ago in the stone and yet still intact, along the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri.

And then you might run into a naturalist on the track of a rare flower, or a speleologist just emerged from a cave filled with history, or a photographer intent on capturing incredible landscapes and surprising views. But you are most likely to meet hunters, or simple tourists and sportsmen and women looking for strong sensations in a still unspoiled environment.