Sringtime is the best time to hike this route, which partially traverses less beaten paths, when nature is in full bloom.
Once you arrive in Nozarego, either by your own means or by bus, take the broad stone and concrete path that you find shortly after the church (coming from Santa Margherita).
The path, after a short uphill stretch, merges with a secondary trail also coming from Nozarego and continues straight, overlooking the Gulf.
After about 10 minutes, when you reach a small chapel, at the location of Cappelletta delle Gave, turn right but immediately leave the main trail to continue to the right following the signs for "Bocche".
Climb into the woods, which has some stone steps covered in leaves, and then proceed along a narrow path that runs alongside some private properties bordered by pittosporum plants and arrives at the location of Il Frate.
Caution: in this stretch, a deterrent for wild boars has been placed, which could also pose problems for dogs passing through.
Here, turn left to cross the most pleasant stretch of the entire route. The path, enveloped in priceless silence, meanders through flowering meadows and olive groves, offering a splendid sea view. Passing under a house, you'll reach a crossroads; to the right, there's a gate, but you should continue straight, crossing over the electric wire you encounter in front of you (there's no electricity during the day, it's for wild boars).
Surrounded on one side by the woods and on the other by terraced fields, you'll reach a junction; continue straight (to the left is a private road) on the path that shortly begins to ascend through the woods.
At the height of the wooden shack, turn right and reach the location "Il Monte," from where you need to continue left, following the "Bocche" sign. At the fork, keep to the right (to the left, you'll descend to Portofino) and continue straight uphill, ignoring the two left deviations you encounter along the way, until you reach a junction. Here, continue to the right (to the left, you'll arrive at Monte Pollone) to reach the location "Bocche," an equipped resting point with benches, tables, and a drinking water tap. You are now on the Portofino Vetta - Portofino Mare trajectory.
Continue to the right (towards the mountain) on the wide path for about 300 meters until you see, on the right, a trail marked with two diamonds that descends to Santa Margherita Ligure. The first stretch is quite steep and rugged, but it becomes more enjoyable as you go. After passing through "Costa d'Aria," descend the uneven stone steps that lead you to a house (the first one you encounter); here, turn right and follow the trail marked with .
In a few minutes, you'll arrive at the location of Busseto (Busseo), a small cluster of houses; follow the downhill asphalt road and, at the first right deviation, continue on the steep ascent. After passing the restaurant, leave the drivable road and continue on the right-hand trail, which will shortly lead you to the cemetery of Nozarego, behind the church.
- From 2h to 3h
- Length Km
- 6 - 8