From the high Apennines to the stunning Ligurian coast
Following the “Via del Sale” (Salt Road) from “Little Tuscany” or Oltrepo Pavese, this route travels across the foothills of the majestic Apennine chain in its westward extension from Pisa. This is bucolic Italy, fiercely proud of local traditions and in particular local food and wine. The first two days walking in this region is through vineyards and woods, to get you in trim for the next four days of high ridge walking, scene of Hannibal’s march on Rome in 218 BC. From the historic valley town of Varzi on Night 3, you will climb swiftly above the 1000m mark and will stay there for much of the next four days, before tumbling down to the sea at the picturesque fishing port/resort of Camogli, about 30km west of the Cinque Terre and, we think, far more authentic and Italian.
This is a route for the seasoned walker – the views are tremendous but the days are quite long, unless you take our shortening options. Shorter (5-7 night) options are available, but we recommend spending an extra night at the start (take in historic Pavia with its ancient university, or the lovely monastery at Certosa di Pavia).
For those who would like a day (or more) in the company of a guide we can offer the services of Lucina Gioia or Alberto Campora – contact On Foot for more details.
Walked by On Foot staff: Simon and Mary
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Arabella at Villa Arabella goes for her own “Ravioli di Brasato con sugo di Brasato, followed by Coppa Arrosto (roast back of pork) (wine with this one Rosso Riserva DOC dell’ Oltrepò Pavese, of course) and finish with Tiramisu di Fragole or Panna Cotta – wine Moscato dell’Oltrepò Pavese)”. Paolo at Capanne de Cosola, a remote restaurant on a high pass (Night 4) recommends “home-made pasta stuffed with mashed potatoes and topped with melted Montebore, a typical cheese of the Val Borbera. With this dish usually the best wine is the “Bonarda” wine produced in the Oltrepò Pavese.”
Across the Apennines to the sea
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