Heading up to Soviore
Organist practicing in the chapel at Soviore
From Soviore, we follow the road over to Colle di Gritta, where we pick up the trail on the top of the ridge around Monterosso. The sign at the beginning of the trails warns that on Wednesday and Sunday, October through January, the trail is closed due to the hunting of wild boars starting at 7:30 am. We now understand why we occasionally see shotgun shells along the trail, although we've never seen a boar here. We're outside the hunting season and should be safe today.
Colle di Gritta, important warning
As we trek along the ridge, we have views of Monterosso on the left and Levanto (in the distance) on the right. Straight across the valley, we can see Soviore, from where we just came, it sure looks a long way away!
Monterosso on the left, Levanto on the right
On the far ridge, Soviore, from where we just hiked
We complete our circle around Monterosso, meet the path coming up from town, and start along the Mediterranean toward Levanto. The path winds along the ridge, then down into several valleys and back up again, with teasing glimpses of our destination.
Levanto Beach and flags
Levanto town square
We finish up our hike and it's time for lunch. We settle into a cafe on the edge of the square and share a Pizza Cinque Terre (anchovies), focaccia with ham and cheese, and, of course, a small carafe of local wine.
Focaccia, pizza, wine