The eastern Ligurian Riviera is a pure Mediterranean jewel: a sequence of little coves and capes leaning towards the crystal blue sea. From the the highlands of Genoa through Cinque Terre to Golfo dei Poeti, this superpanoramic cycling trip will leave you breathless! The itinerary features some demanding climbs: it is going to be a challenging experience, nonetheless a glorious one for those who really love cycling.
The bike tour is free tip-based. It takes place all year on request. Please book in good advance
4 days/3 nights
166 km/2250 metres gain
Start/End: Ronco Scrivia/Portovenere
CINQUE TERRE | ANTOLA NATIONAL PARK | LA COLLA PASS | ARDESIA BICYCLE TRAIL | PORTOVENERE | ISOLA PALMARIA | CICLABILE MIRAMONTI BIKE PATH | MUSSELS AND LIGUINE AL PESTO PASTA | THE SANCTUARY ROAD | THE CLIMB TO SOVIORE ! THE GULF OF POETS
The eastern Ligurian Riviera, Liguria di Levante in Italian, is a distinctive jewel of the Mediterranean sea: a sequence of little coves and capes leaning towards the crystal blue sea. From the natural parks in the inlands of Genoa to Cinque Terre to Golfo dei Poeti, this superpanoramic cycling trip will leave you breathless!
The route is rarely frequented by cyclists due to the demanding climbs: it is going to be a challenging experience, nonetheless a glorious one for those who really love cycling.
Day 1: we start from Ronco Scrivia, following the road along the river shores which gently rises towards the upper Scrivia valley for 30km. Now the road becomes steeper, we’re in fact climbing the Genoan Appennine which protects the region from the northern winds and gives Liguria it’s renown mild climate. We reach the pass at the height of 900 metres above sea level: the view is amazing from here, the Antola Valley is a truly remote highland, just the green of the mountains and the blue sea in the distance.
The descent crosses the valley, we stop to refill the bottles from a natural water source in the tiny village of Lumarzo, hometown of Natalina Garaventa, Frank Sinatra’s mum, whose house is still in place. We’re closed to the end of today’s ride, just a few km more downhill to finally reach the small town on the hills where we will stay overnight.
DISTANCE: 46 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 700 mt
Day 2: the day opens with a good new: a cyclepath begins just out off the town, and it stretches for a long way towards the valley almost to the coast. We’ll have to face some detours due to interruptions caused by landslides, and the terrain is sometimes a bit rough, but it’s nice to pedal for so many kilometres in a protected path out of the motor traffic. The area was a place of slate caves until recent times, and the cycle path surface is made of smoothed layers of rock, pretty unique!
We reach the Lavagna creek and follow the river banks, we’re not far away from the Mediterranean coast: palm trees, olive trees, oleanders and the colourful bouganville on the side of the road will escort us until the seaside town of Chiavari, where we stop for a rest and enjoy the first bath of the tour.
We proceed along the seacoast to the next stage, Sestri Levante, the “city of two seas” due to its beautiful position on a bay surrounded by the waters. From Sestri we do not have many chances, either we take the busy Aurelia road or a secondary road, few miles longer but with less traffic: of course we choose the second option. We get round the cape and descend towards Moneglia, our final point of today’s ride. Tonight we’ll be staying in a small family run hotel and dine at their restaurant, mum cooking and dad serving, a true Italian dinner!
DISTANCE: 55 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 480 mt
Day 3: early wake up this morning, the day will be a long and busy one! We move to the port where the ferry awaits us to take a mini-cruise across the Moneglia bay, instead of cycling the uphill route around the promontory. It is a pleasant detour, watching the Ligurian coast from the sea is always a great experience (p.s. since the ferry only runs in Summer and has a few available places for bicycles, it may be we have to ride the route instead, it will be anyway an enjoyable option). Off the boat in Deiva we begin cycling towards the inlands across Deiva forest until we take the road down to the seaside village of Framura and the amazing Ciclabile Maremonti bike path: built on the old railway dug into the mountain cliffs, to our opinion it is the most amazing bike path of North Italy, offering incredible views over the wild Mediterranean coast. The dream ends in Levanto, but magics are not over yet: we climb now the road leading to the 600 metres high Soviore abbey, where the scenic Sanctuary route starts. A wavy road just above Cinque Terre, following the side of the mountains with unparalleled sights over the world renown villages of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso: probably one of the most scenic roads ever. We will ride the entire 20km of the road, then reach Portovenere where we stay for the night.
DISTANCE: 65 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 1070 mt
Day 4: free day to explore Portovenere and the untamed island of Palmaria, where you can enjoy a bath in the clear waters and a trek across the wild Mediterranean nature. Or take a cruise to Cinque Terre.
Departure/Arrival: Ronco Scrivia/Isola Palmaria
When: On Request from March to November
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Cost: free tip-based
Level of difficulty: demanding
Lenght: 4 days/3 nights
Distance/Elevation Gain: 170 km/2500 metres
Terrain: minor roads, bike paths
Accommodation: small hotels, hostels
Recommended bike: Gravel, Touring. You can join with your own bike or we can help renting one (regular or E-bike). Please inform us if you need a bicycle
Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled
The tour is on request, you choose the date and we’ll do our best to make it happen. It takes place all year round according to the time availability of the bike host. Usually Spring and Fall are the best periods considering weather ad temperatures, but the Mediterranean climate is generally pleasant in the Winter months too.
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The outing is free tip-based: EASYTORINO is not a tour operator nor about guided tours nor a professional actvity. It’s a welcome club of locals who love to share their places with the travelers, like with friends. You will pay your personal expenses (meals, visits, accommodation) directly to the businesses. They may vary depending on the travel period, menu chosen, type of room, number of participants. The figures shown are therefore approximate based on average.
PERSONAL EXPENSES 390€ PER PERSON INCLUDE:
– three night stays in 3*** hotel or b&b, double room accommodation with breakfast
– three 3-course gourmet dinners wines and spirits excluded
– three light lunches wines excluded
– shuttle train tickets
Additional services such as luggage transport, private transfer to/from, bike rental, shall be quoted upon request.
The ride is hosted by an english speaking local expert (bike host) from our group. He is not a licenced tour guide but a volunteer, fine connoisseur of the places, culture and oenogastronomy. He will pay his expenses like any other but it would be nice to split his bills (accommodation and meals) amongst the participants. If you enjoyed the tour you can tip him at the end.