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The itinerary begins with the small path behind the church square of Nozarego, goes up to the cemetery.
Follow the signs for Busseto-Costa Secca (), Turn left and continue on the path from where you can admire stunning views from the top of Santa Margherita, 10 minutes after the road becomes paved and passes next to a restaurant and then descends to a crossroads. Here, right, comes a steep ascent to a small group of houses called Busseto.
Where the carriage road ends, in front of the last house, even if a little camouflaged by the vegetation, there is a narrow path that in 10 minutes, passing through the small cultivated fields, connects to via Costasecca (the road that starts next to the former hospital of Santa Margherita Ligure), near a typical stone house.
At this point, go up towards Portofino Vetta along the fairly steep and irregular mule track passing Costa d 'Aria (306mt. above sea level) (on the right in 2 minutes you reach Croce di San Siro, an old badly maintained cross). Along this very shady stretch of path you will pass the detours to Monte Pollone (on the left) and then to Dolcina immediately afterwards on the left (following which you can reach San Lorenzo della Costa). < / p>
After about 20 minutes of a fairly winding climb due to high steps, you will come out on the Portofino Vetta - Portofino Mare axis which you have to follow, towards Pietre Strette (464mt above sea level), up to the first deviation on the right (after about 10 '), which leads to Base 0.
The path follows the ridge of the mountain and has many panoramic points and continues on a slight slope up to Felciara (436mt. a.s.l.), an open space in the middle of the woods and ferns equipped as a rest stop. After passing the Ghidelli (393 m asl) and Costa dei Ghidelli locations, the difference in height increases and briefly, you will arrive at Base 0 (220mt. above sea level) a military post of the Second World War, where you can take a little break admiring the wonderful breathtaking view, before continuing on the left path.
This section of the route is very scenic and extends along the western side of the Portofino Promontory, overlooking the numerous coves below and alternating stretches on the plain with characteristic ups and downs in the midst of rocky boulders.
After passing a shady and humid valley, and the small inhabited areas of Prato and Vessinaro you will arrive at a crossroads equipped with some benches and a table, from which you continue on the main road (towards Portofino Vetta) which climbs up among olive trees and pittosporum up to Olmi (250mt above sea level).
Here you take the path on the right that advances mainly in the plain up to a steep but very short climb that arrives at the restaurant il Mulino del Gassetta followed by a public rest area, where you will find also a drinking water tap.
You always proceed straight, on the mule track that advances between typical cultivated land (called Fasce), some houses pass in cooler and shaded areas and arrive in front of the Cappelletta delle Gave (168 meters above sea level).
The last stretch of the route is mainly flat and consists of a wide and easy pebble path that offers splendid views of the Gulf of Tigullio, in particular on the underlying Punta Pedale and on the Cervara Abbey.
After passing some beautiful villas with well-kept gardens, with a descent surrounded by shrubs, you arrive in front of the parish of Nozarego.
- From 3h to 4h
- Length Km
- 8 - 10