This relatively short and undemanding route (with the exception of a steep uphill stretch returning from Portofino) develops in a magnificent setting and crosses some lesser-known stretches of paths in the Portofino Park.
The departure is just before the parish church of Nozarego, taking the cobbled climb which is near the bus stop.
After the initial climb, the path continues on the plain overlooking the Gulf on Punta Pedale and the Abbey of Cervara, up to Gave , a crossroads of paths (from here you can continue to Olmi or go up to Crocetta) characterized by a pretty little chapel.
The itinerary continues with the mule track, on the left, which passes under the chapel (here you will also find a drinking water tap) and descends in the first part between small cultivated fields and then, between stone walls, arriving, after about 20 minutes, in Paraggi.
(along the way, on the left, there is the detour to Cervara: a path in the middle of the woods that soon leads to the entrance of the famous Abbey and descends to the coastal road Santa Margherita - Portofino).
After a few meters on the main road (on the right) you meet the beautiful pedestrian Paraggi - Portofino , an alternative route parallel to the driveway, surrounded by greenery with incredible views of the bay and now called Walk of Kisses .
The pleasant walk ends in Portofino after about 30 minutes in front of the Church of San Martino where the path also begins to go up to the summit and continue our itinerary.
The driveway path (it is easy to meet scooters or small motor vehicles, mostly of residents of the area) is wide and very well maintained and immediately climbs very steeply between the enclosure walls of beautiful villas and more open spaces from which you can enjoy extraordinary views over the bay of Paraggi and the luxurious "Hotel Splendido" overlooking the hill.
At the crossroads in Fossello , leave the main path to cross, on the right, the Valle dell 'Acqua Viva , a cool and little-used path. After crossing a small stream you will arrive at a point where you can see, on the left, a closed gate near a small group of houses, installed only to prevent the passage of wild boars, it is recommended to close it again after passing.
Initially the path is narrow and runs through the vegetation, but shortly after it enters a beautiful chestnut wood and continues well marked and clean up to a first deviation, where you must always go straight, and to a second one, in Mulino dell'Uva.
Here you cross a tiny bridge in front of an ancient mill (we are in Valle dei Mulini ), follow the path that goes up marked by ( taking the path on the left, instead, you will reach the Mulino del Gassetta, a restaurant from which you can also return to Nozarego).
Here, pay attention, because a short stretch begins where the path is camouflaged by tall grass and is particularly narrow, as evidence that it is a path that is not very popular and that gradually becomes cleaner. At the fork in the La Costa locality, continue straight towards the Gave; the path penetrates into the oak and majestic pine woods, characterized by some rocks of "Puddinga".
A short, more open stretch anticipates the arrival to some houses and after few meters to Cappelletta delle Gave .
Here, retracing the same path as the outward journey, you find yourself at the starting point of the itinerary.
- From 2h to 3h