|Difficulty||Medium - High|
The medium-high difficulty assigned to this path refers primarily to the first part of the climb is very steep and difficult path that starts at the Fondaco street (at the bottom of the parking lot) at the police station.
Beyond the hotel, the road becomes a staircase with wide stone steps and concrete, very well kept, climbs through the vegetation.
Exceeded, after 10 minutes, the junction to San Sebastian, in the locality Palara, a gate bars the access, but only to prevent the entry of wild animals, then you can go with the recommendation to close behind.
A second gate meets a little later in village Cappelletta, turn right after 50 meters, the trail forks: left goes to Base 0 (220mt asl) (and hence Fruttuoso St.), right up to the Pietre Strette.
A second path, narrower and flat stretches on the west side of the promontory overlooking the beautiful coves and after 10 minutes a left turn down to Cala degli Inglesi (the route is marked as difficult).
The path goes right under the chestnut trees, and after 5 minutes you enter, a short distance, on a steep paved road that ends * in front of some houses.
Take the path on the left, skirting the sea alternates brief flat stretches to many ups and downs in the midst of protruding rocks, we arrive, after 1 hour and 10 minutes from the start, in the locality Base 0.
Base 0, military post during the Second World War, is today a staging point from which, turn right and you can reach Pietre Strette.
From here the trail enters the woods and descends in a steep and irregular, with large panoramic views over the village.
The arrival in San Fruttuoso is based at the landing of helicopters, from here continue in the midst of some houses and walking under a portico leads to the first of two beautiful bays.
After a well deserved rest stop, after visiting the village, which will lead to the climb, narrow stones, the trail starts behind the Abbey and follows the direction of Torre Andrea Doria, which is reached by a steep but short, stairway.
From here a small path up, now very steep, advancing in a shady valley and along a stream. The bends, then continuing in the midst of the "fasce" and the olive trees in a stretch sunniest, passing in front of a agririfugio Molini.
Beyond Casella locality where there is a tap for drinking water, the trail enters the woods again, and in about 20 minutes to get massive boulders, stones that mark locality Pietre Strette (465mt above sea level), as well as the fulcrum point of Portofino staging with tables, benches and drinking water.
Take the path towards Portofino and the first fork take the left path and after about 5 minutes down the trail crosses to Santa Margherita Ligure via Costasecca ().
At first a little steep and impervious, it softens gradually making pleasant walk and after about 15 minutes we arrive at the fork to the Croce di San Siro (2 minutes)an old Cross erected in honor of the Holy of the same name in 1937.
Coming down again after another 30 minutes to get in early on Costasecca city right next to the Hospital.
Enter the town of Santa Margherita L. (do not miss a visit to the town), follow the direction of the sea and reach Piazza V. Veneto, where you can decide whether to return to Portofino by public transport (buses leave from here is that the boats), or continue to walk along the coast road (6 km).
We propose this last stretch along the road (perhaps to avoid in high season when it is busy driving) because it is a very nice walk.
From Piazza Vittorio Veneto remaining beachfront through the gardens to continue, then, in front of the fish market until you reach the entrance to the marina.
Continuing straight on, past beaches and the disco "Covo di Nord-Est", at the Abbey of Cervara (over the road) begins a beautiful walkway overhanging the sea, except for a brief interruption in the vicinity of Villa Bonomi Bolchini continues (and ends) until Paraggi.
After crossing the small village, take the shaded pedestrian over the driveway in about 30 minutes takes you back to Portofino.
* Stretch of road accessible to scooters and small vehicles, available to the inhabitants.
- Over 5h