Punta Corvo and Monesteroli, unique beauty destinations united by one detail: the staircases to deal with to reach them.
Liguria is not a simple land, it is generous in beauty but also in fatigue. Even in the far east of the region, in La Spezia area, some of the most picturesque places are those that are reached with no trivial walks.
Among these surely are the beach of Punta Corvo and the Monesteroli houses.
Both destinations can be reached by stairways drawn on steep coasts, breathtaking so much for the stunning views they offer and for the necessary effort.
Punta Corvo: 700 steps in the maquis
The beaches in the La Spezia area are not many, but Punta Corvo is one of those (although in summer it can be very busy, since it is accessible from Bocca di Magra and Fiumaretta with a small ferry service).
It can be reached from Montemarcello, with a path that starts in front of the Garden Bar and seems easy between the houses of the beautiful village and away from the typical Mediterranean vegetation.
Gradually, the trail – which has in total more than 700 steps – canges character and ends up with a steep section, near the beach and in full sun.
The descent, although to be performed with care because the steps are all built by hand, is not a problem; the ascent, well, yes.
Certo, lo spettacolo della spiaggia di fini sassolini scuri, del panorama, la limpidezza dell’acqua e le suggestioni offerte dal sentiero stesso valgono assolutamente la fatica.
Monesteroli: heroic Liguria
Stone and clear blue, Monesteroli – clinging to the rock, the water that comes in a black tube – is a flash of beauty.
To reach a group of houses, start from Campiglia, following first the path 4b and then the 4d. First quiet and flat, the path then throws itself in a spectacular and quite difficult staircase overlooking the sea.
In more than two thousand steps that sound like a leap into the sea – the Great staircase or Gionda – you reach the small village, which they say owes the name some monks who lived here.
At present, unfortunately, the last piece of trail is ruined by a landslide, and thus the sea cannot be reached, but the painting of the view from the cliffs Muzzerone, from the coast fronted by the Feral rock , by the blue sea and cultivated terraces is woth the effort .
The cover photo is by Niccolò Barile