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A balcony overlooking the sea

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The hike starts to the left of Strada Vecchia, an old mule track called Strada del Boriolo. The trail climbs up and, on your right, you immediately come across the beautifully renovated Castelletto (small castle) dating back to 1915, also known as Villa Terruzzi. The climb becomes now more challenging and it goes through the traditional olive-growing “fasce” (terraces sustained by drywalls, typically used in Ligurian agriculture) that overlook the picturesque town of Varigotti.

Here you reach a barrier designed to inhibit bikers from using this trail due to its hydrogeological vulnerability and the historical value of its cobblestones.

Once you reach the Madonnina (within the erosive formation known as “Sciaccanegrette”), keep walking for about 50 meters until you get to a crossroad. Take a detour on your right and continue for about 200 meters up to a very gentle incline where you can appreciate by far the most scenic view point of the whole hike, hence the name “Balcone sul Mare” (a balcony overlooking the sea).

After about 600 meters, at the next crossroads, turn right. Go down a gentle incline that soon becomes rather steep as it has been carved out by the water and the constant passage of mountain bikers, so watch out! On your left the turn-off to the famous and extremely steep bike-only trail known as DH MAN.

Keep walking downhill and ignore the detour on your left that takes you to Capo Noli. On the other hand, the medieval church of San Lorenzo that you find after just a few meters on your left again, deserves a detour.

The hike is coming to an end. You will reach the mule track that merges on to Strada Vecchia. Another 300 metres you are back to the starting point.

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How to & Rules

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Stay on track

Follow the signs: trekking routes are those marked with hiking trail signs.

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Be well equipped

Think about the duration and type of hike: what could you need? Waterproof clothing? Sun protection? Water? Appropriate footwear? For example, if you are thinking of visiting the caves or hiking to the top of a mountain, it might be a smart idea to dress in layers… even in summer!

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Check the weather forecast

Pay special attention to AllertaLiguria website and do not set off on your adventure if there should be any weather alerts.

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Plan your hike

Find out the characteristics of your itinerary (length, elevation gain, difficulty… ).

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Respect nature and the territory

Respect nature and the territory

Connect with nature, don’t litter nor be too loud and, as a general rule, respect the territory around you. Nature will thank you and so will we.

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Fire risk

Fire risk

During times of drought avoid lighting fires, choose suitable trails avoiding those in the pine forest and favouring those with alternative routes for going back.

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Emergency numbers

Emergency numbers

Remember: 1515 for forest fires, 112 for medical emergencies. No matter what, always make sure someone knows where you are headed.

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Be careful

Be careful

If it should be a more demanding experience than expected, don't hesitate to retrace your steps.

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