This route is certainly one of the most suggestive of the whole promontory, but in some places it is quite challenging. It is therefore advisable to wear shoes suitable for irregular routes and to carry a good amount of water (there are no fountains or taps), perhaps avoiding the hottest and sunniest days.
The path begins with the road that from the churchyard of San Rocco continues overhanging the sea. After a few minutes, after crossing the steps that descend to Punta Chiappa, you will pass through Mortola , a small group of very characteristic houses.
Moving away from this village, the path goes into the woods and arrives, after about 20 minutes, at Fornelli , from which, on the left, you can go up to Toca and Pietre Strette.
Going straight on, after a stretch on a false level, there are some ups and downs on irregular but easily walkable rock steps which, leaving the bush, overlooking Punta Chiappa and Camogli.
After about 40 minutes from the departure you will arrive at Batterie, magnificent viewpoint over the gulf, where there is the Visitor Center "Silvio Somazzi", created to enhance the remains of war artifacts, dating back to the Second World War.
Arriving at Passo del Bacio (it takes its name from a legend according to which two young people in love, in order not to separate as the families would have liked, die by throwing themselves at this point, after a last kiss) the route becomes a bit more challenging for some points where you have to go directly on the rock overlooking the sea. The use of chains helps during the passage, especially in a short stretch where the rock has few points of support for the feet.
The difficulties are rewarded by a breathtaking view of Cala dell'Oro and Punta Torretta and by the immensity of the sea below us.
The path advances narrow and a bit bumpy and with some ups and downs on rock steps, up to the crossing of a dry stream (the presence of some chains denotes the presence of water at certain times of the year).
Here, paying attention to the signs (the path is not so clearly delineated) continue on the path that begins to climb. The climb, very steep and tiring, begins with a first very sunny stretch to then go into the woods and reach, in about 40 minutes, the summit near Punta Torretta (which is accessible only with guided tours organized by the Park of Portofino).
The last part of the route, all downhill, develops in the middle of ancient trees and after 25 minutes it ends near the boat dock of San Fruttuoso di Camogli , right in front of the spectacular Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Camogli .
- From 2h to 3h