The starting point of this excursion is in Via San Tomaso in Santa Maria del Campo (a small hamlet of Rapallo easily reachable also by bus). It is recommended to have a good supply of water because along the way there are neither sources nor taps of drinking water.
Following the signs, take Via San Tomaso and follow it for about 300 meters until you will find on the left a stone staircase that leads to the “ Ruins of San Tomaso” (12th century). Here continue on the road in front of the site that passes over the highway, then turn right to reach the path that climbs between peasant houses and typical Ligurian cultivated fields named "Fasce".
The path going up crosses the carriage road in some places; you always continue straight along the "creuze", always marked by , up to the locality "Spotà" , where a bar delimits a private property.
On the left you will find a well-maintained staircase that climbs between beautiful villas with gardens and reaches a final stretch of paved road. Here you continue on the steep staircase, made up of narrow and irregular steps that goes into the woods and reaches a detour. Both paths lead to the Sanctuary of Caravaggio, but we recommend opting for the one on the left which is the one regularly signposted and is more accessible and passes by the “ Croce di Spotà ”.
As you climb the route becomes less steep and offers splendid views over the valley. The path now continues on a false level, surrounded by shrubs, and reaches the helicopter landing pad.
At this point, with a last effort, walk the 136 steps that separate you from the Sanctuary (615 meters above sea level), you will be rewarded by a priceless panorama.
To start the way back, go down to the helicopter landing pad and take the road to the right, a wide and easy path in stone and concrete marked with three red dots.
At the first detour, continue to the left (to the right you go down to Recco); hence the signal to follow is . At a first stretch on the plain, where on the right you will notice a shack used as a refuge, you will find a large lawn, a very popular destination for picnics.
At this point we suggest you leave the main path (which always continues straight and well marked), following a path that is perhaps a little longer, but certainly much more panoramic. Climb up the hill to your right where, without difficulty, you will find a narrow but clean path that climbs through thick vegetation to reach a repeater from which you can enjoy a very wide 360 ° view over the entire valley. Follow the path of earth and stones that descends quite steeply along the ridge, among fragrant wild thyme plants, and observe Rapallo on your left and Recco on the right.
At a boar hunting post, the alternative route is it rejoins the main path to arrive at a detour, from which you must always continue straight.
The path descends shaded with a series of stone steps crossing another panoramic point to arrive at a meadow which in spring turns into a carpet of primroses and violets.
Continue on a descent that begins surrounded from the bush continuing, as you get closer to the houses, between strips and dry walls and ending in Via Caravaggio, next to the Millenary church of Ruta di Camogli.
* For the return trip by bus checking the line Rapallo "Rapallo-San Martino di Noceto-Ruta" or "Rapallo-Ruta-Recco".
- From 2h to 3h