|Difficulty||Medium - High|
|Time||6 h 15'|
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Given the length of the path, we preferred to reach Montallegro cable car (a race of 10 minutes from Rapallo), but who wants to can walk directly from Rapallo by calculating an extra hour's walk. Throughout the journey there are only two sources of water: one behind the sanctuary of Montallegro and the other about a half walk, passing the Manico del Lume.
The trail starts behind the Sanctuary of Montallegro (612 mt. Above sea level) with the path to your left. You will notice that this section is marked by several trail, you must follow the rhombos and the two red XX . It 'still can not go wrong, just go straight ahead ignoring the deviations encountered on the right leading to the Fontanabuona.
This is a beautiful trail, paved initially, which alternates passages in the forest to more open spaces that allow you to enjoy a beautiful view of Rapallo. After about 30 minutes pleasant walk on the plain a slight descent heralds the arrival of Crocetta Pass (599 m. Above sea level) where you will find a small chapel.
Cross the paved road to continue on a stony path to the right indicating the direction to the Margherita refuge. Now the path is a climb that develops into a panoramic scene from the small village of San Maurizio Monti widens then to Rapallo and Portofino promontory. Meanwhile, ahead of you reach the refuge that appears with a final climb uphill. After about an hour's walk from Montallegro, you are now on Monte Pegge (774 mt. Asl), which offers breathtaking views and where you can enjoy del beautiful retreat made available by the CAI of Rapallo (in compliance with the behavior suggested).
Go left across the small lawn to follow a very clear path trail with gentle gradient, which has no trail, and after a passage between the ferns, sneaks into the woods where there are a few hazelnut trees. The village that you see below you is Montepegli, a small village of Rapallo. After few meters you can see the two trail: XX.
Leaving the forest, the path becomes unclear, but according to some tracks on the grass you should not have trouble finding on your left, a track that runs along the brambles. Continuing, the trail becomes more evident and more scenic but has some particolarmenti narrow passages and others that develop between bushes and tall grass.
Once in a more barren area, characterized by rocks, you can see on the left the Gulf of Tigullio and to your rightthe valley Fontanabuona. From here, following the, sometimes a little discolored, started to ascend to the summit, which gradually becomes more difficult, but that will be rewarded with an indescribable view.
The Manico del Lume (801 mt. Asl), where you arrive after 2h 40 minutes walk from Montallegro, is the ideal spot to stop and take a lunch break surrounded by numerous peaks, which can be identified by the panel del CAI, which indicates all names.
To descend from the top and go the route you have to deal with some steps on the rock waiting for you behind the cross. With the help of chains, are not very difficult, but require a minimum of care. An open triangle is guiding you now in the descent that takes place on slabs of stone (in the case of humidity may become very slippery) and after a short passage in the woods brings you back to the ridge. In Passo Serra, left the road on the right (down the Val Fontanabuona) and continue straight until you come to another fork. Here you have to take the right path that goes up (the other ends to Chignero, the village that you see below you) and then on up the hillside.
After about 50 'from the Manico del Lume, in the undergrowth, you can see a rock on a glass indicating a source of water, which otherwise would pass unnoticed. This is a tap from which flows a trickle of water (at least in summer, but probably is more abundant in other seasons) still useful.
Even 20 minutes of walking and reach Monte Bello (657mt. asl), a very scenic, characterized by rocks. You pay attention to the trail () because the path is not clear, however, get off in a southerly direction.
At the fork, ignore the deviation of the right that leads to Colle Caprile and continue straight. The trail is flat and well maintained, runs through the western side of the mountain, passing over Recco reaches Passo del Gallo (478 mt. Above sea level). A large space that houses the remains of a stone building and a table with wooden benches, as well as some locations for hunting.
Follow the path that continues right to the most scenic passages alternating passages between the ferns and in about 20' comes to plans for Caravaggio. On the left a wide path of stone () around the sanctuary and takes you behind the landing of helicopters, you have to cross to get to Rapallo. The trail does not have any kind of difficulty and goes straight up to the crossroads after about 30', a variant of the other to climb to Monte Bello from San Pietro di Novella.
You are at a crossing of paths, behind you, in fact, go up to Montebello, right down to S. Maria del Campo, on the left hand, down to San Pietro di Novella, you should follow that direction. The route is now all downhill and it has some passages in the woods a little irregular because of the presence of stones on the path. Along the way pass by a few scattered houses until you get to a real group of houses, and here the descent becomes steeper and becomes a paved road that leads into the village of San Pietro di Novella, right near the bus stop (check here for times) that will allow you to reach Rapallo.