The Manico del Lume with its 801 meters. asl represents the highest peak of the Western Tigullio and is a popular destination for hikers, for the scenery that the paths cross to reach it and for the 360 ° view that embraces the sea and mountains once you reach the top.
Located on the ridge which divides the Val Fontanabuona from the Gulf of Tigullio, the Manico del Lume can be reached from various locations with itineraries that stand out in length and difficulty.
Below we propose the main ones:
The itinerary, marked with , starts from Chignero, a fraction of Rapallo, and climbs up to Passo Serra where it meets the paths coming from Caravaggio (Passo del Gallo and Monte Bello), Serra and Passo della Spinarola. From Passo Serra the itinerary is classified EE (for expert hikers) due to the presence of some passages on the rocks equipped with chains.
All-ridge itinerary starting from Passo della Crocetta, but which is often undertaken by Montallegro and then continuing beyond the Manico del Lume, along the beautiful "ridge of the Rapallo mountains".
An itinerary that takes its name from a bench (currently in questionable conditions) positioned in a highly panoramic point just above Chignero, where following the ridge marked by the F.I.E. footpath sign, it brings you at the top of the Manico del Lume.
For a short passage on rock the path is classified EE.
An itinerary not currently reported by F.I.E. but clean and very evident which starts from the small hamlet of Montepegli, which crosses interesting territories traveled and lived by peasants in a not too remote past.
"THE DIRECT ROUTE" CHIGNERO - MANICO DEL LUME
Currently not easily walkable due to a lack of maintenance and hoping that it will be restored soon, this path always starts shortly after the Chignero's church and is marked with the footpath sign that after an arduous climb that passes in the middle of once cultivated bands, old abandoned cottages and chestnut woods, leads directly below the Manico del Lume.
Continuing and climbing to the left, you will reach the summit in a few minutes.