Beyond the Kingdom’s Borders: hiking from Levanto to Framura
Technically it's not in the Cinque Terre, but with the most famous five villages it shares traditions, atmosphere, and beauty: beyond the Punta Mesco the path to go hiking from Levanto to Framura, passing through the village of Bonassola goes through the scented forest and always looks at the sea and opens up to spacious beaches.
Climbing to the west is the tunnel that once was the railroad and since 2015 has been restored to make it pedestrian and cycling. In summer, strolling into the tunnel joining Levanto and Bonassola and then Framura is really refreshing because it is always cool; in the fall, also on sunny days, you will need a sweater.
The 2.6 km route to Bonassola is interspersed with glimpses on the sea, and in some cases, it is also possible to reach the sea to dive in the water. Once you get to Bonassola, you can rest on its beautiful beach, one of the most loved by locals in the summer. Looking at the Bonassola coast from above, one can understand the probable origin of its name, derived from the Latin Bonatia, dead calm, with reference to the ease of landing for boats on the shore, probably compared to other harbors, more narrow and rocky.
At the end of the Bonassola bay is located the small chapel of the Madonna della Punta, considered by many the Bonassola’s symbol, reached within minutes from the beach, one of the most picturesque and romantic spots on the coast from which to enjoy a beautiful view of the Riviera up to the Alps in the most beautiful days.
The path to Framura marked by number 18, a section of the path number 1, is just off the road from the Church of Santa Caterina in Bonassola and leads to the chapel through the colors and scents of the Mediterranean scrub.
For those who are not tired, reaching Costa above Framura, is a must. From Costa you admire one of the most beautiful views of Liguria, in particular from the Carolingian tower, which, from its dominant position difficult to attack, allowed a unique view of the sea and the outback.
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