When we reach Soviore, we are at the top of the ridge and then circle around Monterosso from south to north. Then, when we finally reach the sea north of the city, we join the path along the Mediterranean to Levanto (where we would have hiked up to if we left from the new town).
But, first, the invigorating part (as always), up, with great views of Monterosso as we hike up from the city to Soviore.
Heading up (again)
Montererosso growing smaller below us
From Soviore, we head down the road for a half hour or so to the small intersection at Colle di Gritta, where we will catch the path (restarting from inside the hotel parking lot, just to make it interesting to find) around Monterosso from the south side to the north side.
Great map in Colle di Gritta, with elevations
Colle de Gritta, hotel and gateway to Cinque Terre
View of Monterosso from the ridge
The trail across the north of Monterosso is flat for a while (where we find black berry bushes), but soon becomes rocky stretches of up and down. From the top of the ridge, we can see Monterosso on the left as we complete our loop around the city and Levanto on the right, still two hours away.
But first, fresh berries
Flat trail along the ridge (for a while), with rest area
Monterosso on the left, Levanto on the right
Finally, we reach the trail above the northern end of Monterosso's new town. We merge with the path up from Monterosso (that would have saved us two hours) and appreciate the hikes and views of Monterosso that we just experienced.
Left to go back down to Monterosso, right to Levanto
To be continued - turning right to Levanto.