Hiking in the Mediterranean backcountry of Sestri Levante

An itinerary to discover the hinterland of Liguria, between sea and mountains, between the Mediterranean marquis and its scents, then a dive into the Bay of Silence in Sestri Levante
  • Travelling time: 3h

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Why we love it: For the colors and scents of Liguria

  • Length: 40 km

  • Total Elevation Gain: 800 m

  • Way to travel: By bike

  • Cost: 0 €

  • Our Advice: every season is perfect: in spring and autumn for the colors, the flowers, the scents and scenery. It requires no special equipment except a good pair of shoes and a water bottle

Map hiking Liguria

Here is an itinerary we love to do, to discover the Ligurian backcountry. Few kilometers to spend an unusual day among the thousand smells of this strip of land that always gives strong emotions.

We start from Monte , Castiglione Chiavarese, a small town halfway between Cinque Terre and Portofino, between Genoa and La Spezia. Here, 700 meters above the sea, an organic farm awaits us, where we will stay in eco-friendly apartments in the silence of nature, between 200 hectares of meadows and forests, overlooking the sea.

Organic Farm Mount Pù, Liguria

Exactly here that several trails that allow you to discover this area strats: we head towards Camegli then proceed towards Sestri Levante, riding our bicycles. Thus we begin the steep descent on the south side of the mountain where the asphalt and dirt road follow one another. Around us breathtaking views open, our view extends over the valley, on the arc of the Tigullio coast, up to the Maritime Alps, and on a clear morning, on the horizon we can see Corsica and the Tuscan archipelago.

Views of Liguria

IIn this very wild environment, characterized by the Mediterranean marquis, the maritime pines and chestnut trees there's are also several karst caves where several prehistoric remains were found now kept in Archaeological Museum of Prehistory and Early History of Chiavari Tigullio.

The trail leads us into the Campegli township, to the church of S. Elena. We continue to descend, through olive groves, to Massasco. Now we are 50 meters above the sea and Sestri Levante is getting closer. After a stretch in the SP 523, up to a point, we find the bike route that follows the river Petronio, towards the center of Casarza. After the town we will find ourselves in Via Toni Paggi and then on the SP 1 that will take us to the station of Sestri Levante.

Sestri Levante
Foto di Bob Hall via Flickr


Now is the time to dive into the romantic Bay of Silence, one of the most beautiful and evocative place of Liguria.

Eco-friendly accommodations

Resort La Francesca

Bonassola (Liguria)

Starting from 110,00 €
Sesta Terra Natural Resort

Framura (Liguria)

Starting from 225,00 €
Agriturismo il Filo di Paglia

Carro (Liguria)

Starting from 80,00 €
Agriturismo Casa delle Erbe

Albareto (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 95,00 €
Centro Anidra

Borzonasca (Liguria)

Starting from 58,00 €
Agriturismo Giandriale

Maissana (Liguria)

La Caprasanta

Santa Maria del Taro (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 50,00 €
Resort Costa Morroni

Levanto (808589)

Starting from 170,00 €
A' Taversa

Levanto (Liguria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Agriturismo Monte Pu'

Castiglione Chiavarese (Liguria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Risveglio Naturale

Varese Ligure (Liguria)

Starting from 60,00 €
Le Sorgenti del Gromolo

Sestri Levante (Liguria)

Starting from 25,00 €
Clelia Eco-Friendly Apartments

Deiva Marina (Liguria)

Starting from 82,00 €
Il Giardino degli Angeli

Framura (Liguria)

Starting from 62,00 €
Il Gumo

Varese Ligure (Liguria)

Starting from 60,00 €