Walk through the forest
The path continues along the top of the ridge and we make good time toward the small town of Campiglia, which we quickly walk through (previously we've stopped for lunch here, but the small bar we enjoyed is now closed permanently). We are making good time, with the goal of reaching Portovenere while the restaurants are still serving lunch. As we pass through Campiglia, we can see La Spezia, across the bay on the left, and can soon see the Portovenere in the distance.
La Spezia on the left, Mediterranean on the right
But, it's not long before we get into some serious rocky up and down segments, with the reward of views of Portovenere in the distance as we reach high points.
Trail gets steep and rocky
Portovenere getting closer and closer
The trail joins the road for a ways and we pass a large marble quarry, with views of La Spezia on the other side of the road. But, we quickly are back in the forest, heading toward the final stretch.
Marble quarry on one side
La Spezia on the other
We continue through the forest then emerge above Portovenere, with a final descent over loose rocks into the city.
The final descent over loose rocks into Portovenere
Looking toward the Mediterranean and toward the harbor
Trail guides in PortovenereJennifer takes the ferry from Monterosso and meets us for a special lunch in Portovenere. Octopus and potato salad and frito misto to start, followed by Pizza Mama Mia (mozerella, spiced salami, sausage), Pizza Portovenere (tuna and anchovies), and a bottle of Vino de la Casa Bianca, the house local white wine.