|Difficulty||Medium - High|
|Footpath signs||+ +|
|375m - 730m | 425m | 640m|
Trail difficulty legend
Trail without particular difficulties and suitable for everyone.
Slightly challenging path but without difficult passages.
Moderately difficult trail with some demanding passages.
Trail for expert hikers.
The itinerary we are proposing NOT is suitable for everyone due to the return path from Monte Bello to Passo Serra, via Monte Borgo, but it is possible to return to Passo Serra following the same path as the outward journey.
The starting point is in Chignero, a fraction of Rapallo which is about 5 kilometers from the motorway exit, where you may encounter car parking problems, so we recommend getting there by scooter. The small hamlet is also served by buses but only from Monday to Friday (check the schedule here)
After a few meters on the paved road that climbs from the church, continue left following the path marked with which climbs to Passo Serra with a path that, after crossing a wood, becomes gradually more open and less steep, offering a spectacular view of Rapallo and the surrounding peaks.
Arrived at the ridge of the mountain, follow the walking the narrow path which, advancing mostly flat, in about 20 minutes, reaches the slopes of Monte Bello.
Here you go down towards the south, always following the signpost, until, after about 10 minutes of descent, you find a empty square sign (); at this point you leave the triangle to follow the square and climb, quite quickly, with passages on rocks, up to the summit of Monte Bello (713 a.s.l.), where the effort is rewarded by the tranquility of the place and the surrounding landscape and breathtaking views.
Regarding the return to Passo Serra we explored the path on the ridge but we would like to inform you that it is not signposted and has some hardly visible and difficult passages.
Following a small track, which in the more grassy sections becomes difficult to identify, continues eastwards with passages on the crest on the rock alternating with passages on grassy ground, until you descend into the bush and find yourself in front of the rock that climbs to Monte Borgo. Here you have to climb slightly, bypassing the rock, finding the path that now descends into the woods, where following some ribbons tied on the trees, you will soon find yourself at Passo Serra.
From here it is enough to retrace the path of the outward journey which, in about 20 minutes, leads to the church of Chignero, the starting point of our excursion.
- From 3h to 4h