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près de Levanto, Liguria (Italia)
You exit the train station in Levanto (the town is not itself part of the Cinqe Terre) and walk through town to the beach. You follow the beach towards the south side/the old town and then climb some stairs to the Castello di Levanto and further follow the marked trail up the hill. Looking back you have great views of the bay and the town. You reach a quiet asphalt road, follow this for a while, and then try not to miss the small path off to the right. You follow this path all the way to the observation point at Punta Mesco, keeping Monte Focone to your left. Just before the end of the trail you arrive to the ruins of San Antonio Mesco at about 305 m. The view down to Monterosso al Mare and along the coast all the way to Portovenere is great. You walk back a bit and then turn right to go down to Monterosso al Mare. After about 800 m, the last 700 m is on an asphalt road. You go down some stairs towards the Porto di Fegina. I walked around the port to a rocky beach, but there was no access to the port, and I returned to the foot of the stairs and then on along the shore and the beach of Fegina/Monterosso. You pass by the train station, go around a rocky promontory and then arrive at the old town of Monterosso al Mare. You walk inland through the village and at the end take a steep path with stairs (trail 509) to Madonna di Saviore. This path takes you up to 465 m. Here you have a great view, and you can visit the church. You walk up to the SP36, follow this road for 750 m and take the trail down towards to Madonna di Reggio. At the end of you have a great view towards Vernazza and San Bernardino. You arrive to the SP63, follow the road shortly, and then go down to the Madonna di Reggio church. After your visit you continue down along a path paved with stones, which takes you all the way down to Vernazza. Here, you continue down to the central square Piazza Guglielmo Marconi. From here I made a detour to the Castello di Vernazza (you get there through narrow alleys where the GPS might be off, follow the signs; entrance fee required). The view from the tower is great. Arriving back at the square you can visit the church Chiesa di Santa Margherita di Antiochia with the characteristic tower. After this, I walked to the station through the main street.
You will find plenty to eat and drink in Levanto, Monterosso and Vernazza, and additionally there is a bar at the Madonna di Soviore.