Discovering the Wonders of the Ligurian Apennines in Val d’Aveto

In the heart of summer, we are overwhelmed by an immense desire to explore new natural landscapes, searching for cool places, all while enjoying good company and excellent food immersed in a landscape as beautiful as it is sacred. With a group of friends who share the same passion for hiking, we recommend you embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Val d’Aveto in the Ligurian inland area.

Reaching for the Sky from the Peaks

On the first day, cross the Tomarlo Pass on the border with Emilia-Romagna, to reach Santo Stefano d’Aveto, touching the main peaks of the area: Monte Maggiorasca, Monte Bue, and Rocca del Prete. Here, you find yourself at the highest point of eastern Liguria. Monte Maggiorasca, at 1804 metres above sea level, is the highest peak of the Ligurian Apennines. The biodiversity of this area is enriched by the coexistence of alpine plant species with endemics typical of this part of the Apennines.

Between Fantasy and Magnetism, Two Billion Years Back in Time

After exploring the highest part of the Ligurian Apennines, dedicate the second day to an area made unique by its geological significance and peculiarities: Monte Aiona and the nearby Pietra Borghese. One of the oldest geological formations in Italy, Pietra Borghese is a rock that has existed for two billion years, originating from the crust of the ancient Ligurian Ocean. It is part of an outcrop of extremely hard and dark rocks that were located over 30km deep. It’s worth noting that one of their characteristics is being magnetic! Numerous trails leading to Monte Aiona, at an altitude of 1701 metres above sea level, host some of the stages of Liguria’s most famous long-distance route: stages 33 and 34 of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, which cross the Passo delle Lame and the Spingarda to reach the Passo del Bocco. These stretches traverse open and panoramic environments interspersed with extensive beech forests of varying difficulty.

One Step at a Time: Conquering New Peaks

On the third day, with your legs ready for the challenge, set out to conquer Monte Penna! The peak named after the God Pen, the Lord of the Peaks! At 1736 metres above sea level, this summit is one of the most beloved and frequented by hikers in the area. It’s a must-visit! Along the way, be sure to take a break at the foot of the mountain, near the eponymous lake. This is a small glacial lake of fundamental importance for its invaluable natural value. Surrounded by the nearby beech forest, you can admire Monte Penna and Pennino from below before starting their ascent.

And Finally… Towards the Sea and Beyond

On the last day, change the landscape. Head to Punta Manara, towards the sea in Sestri Levante, to conclude this tour of the Ligurian Apennines with a refreshing dip.