|Difficulty||Medium - high|
That's what we present, is a circular itinerary from Chignero, fraction of Rapallo 5 km away from the highway, we recommend to do on a clear day, preferably in the morning, to enjoy the incredible view. It 'also to be avoided after the rain that makes it very slippery the path of return. Finally, note that along the way, there are no sources of water.
Chignero you can reach with your car, take the first left immediately after the toll booth, toward San Pietro di Novella. Continuing straight ahead, avoiding all the deviations that we find on the right after passing the village of Sant'Andrea di Foggia you reach the end of the road. The alternative is to use the bus (see here times before leaving, because the bus, there is not frequently).
To the left of the church, take the trail that, for a few meters, is mixed with a concrete driveway. After passing a beautiful rustic stone, the path goes strait between shrubs on one side and drywall on the other.
Continue straight, past last house, the trail continues into the woods to lead you to a small wooden bridge that you cross to reach the first crossroads. Turn right and follow the signs to clear P.so Serra. Now the path is made up of irregular stone steps interspersed with a few flat stretches.
In short, the trail leaves the woods to cross a very open area that offers a panoramic view from the promontory of Portofino and the surrounding valleys. Along the well marked path finished in stone, without any difficulty, you find yourself on the ridge, where you can admire the Fontanabuona Valley.
When you reach a fork go left uphill on the path indicated by XX and that leads to a short stretch in the woods. After 100 meters fact, you have to give up xx to follow the triangle that brings you back to the ridge.
A steep but exciting climb leads to a pylon of light by which you begin to see the destination. From here begins the most challenging, but surmountable with a minimum of care. To reach the summit, in fact, you face a few short steps, first downhill and then uphill on the rocks partly equipped with chains. On top of the Manico del Lume are, in addition to a 360 degree view, a cross and the CAI panel indicating the names of all the surrounding mountains.
For the return you have to take the path on the opposite side of the cross, which initially has two trail signs: and . At the fork keep the right to follow the red rectangle (), constantly present on trees and stones, which will guide the descent. The path initially descends into the forest to cross an area then dense fern plants and continue, surrounded by loads of blackberry brambles (in August). After having climbed over a fallen tree that obstructs the passage, your descent continues with a series of small stone steps along some abandoned ruins.
A few meters after the last cottage, this restored lived, you find yourself on the path on the outward path, above the church Chignero.
- From 2h to 3h