Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Hiking up to Soviore

We end our stay in Monterosso the way we have our past few visits, with a hike up to Santuario Nostra Signora di Soviore, the oldest Marian sanctuary in Liguria with the first small building dating from around the 8th century.  The church itself dates from the 13th century, with renovations in the 18th century.

We leave Monterosso and start up the hill.

Leaving Monterosso

Up into the hills above Monterosso

After crossing the road, the trail, for a while, is paved and gently sloping up.

Continuing up

Soon, we are well above Monterosso, looking down on the city and the Mediterranean, with Levanto in the far distance on the other side of the hills.

Monterosso below

At the top of the hill, the sanctuary is now a hotel offering simple rooms overlooking Monterosso and with great trail access to all of Cinque Terre.  We enter the chapel alongside to look around.  No one is playing the organ today, as has happened in previous years, but it is still incredibly beautiful and serene.

Santuario Nostra Signora di Soviore

Old chapel structure in the floor

Views of the chapel

Outside, we pause for more great views overlooking Monterosso and the sea.

View of the sea

We start down, retracing our steps over the stone walkways.

Heading down

Soon, we reach Monterosso, walk into the city and claim our reward.

Reentering Monterosso

Our reward in Piazza Garibaldi

It's sad to be leaving, but we have our reservations at Villa Steno for next year and we'll be back soon!

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