Two absolutely stunning staires to do (if you are trained): Monesteroli and Punta Corvo
Punta Corvo and Monesteroli, unique beauty destinations on the opposite ends of the Gulf of Poets united by one detail: the challenging stairs to reach them.
Liguria is not a simple destination; it is generous in beauty but also in fatigue. Even in the far east of the region, in the La Spezia area, some of the most picturesque places are those that are reached with no easy 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 and the effort requested to reach them.
Punta Corvo: 700 steps in the maquis
The beaches in the La Spezia area are not many, but Punta Corvo is one of the most deserted (although in summer it can be jam-packed as it is accessible from Bocca di Magra and Fiumaretta with a small ferry service).
Leave from Montemarcello, with a path that starts in the typical Mediterranean vegetation, looking leisurely, in front of the Garden Bar, between the houses of the beautiful village.
Gradually, the trail – which has in total more than 700 steps – turns out more and more hard, and ends up with a steep section, near the beach and in full sun.
The descent, although to be performed carefully as the steps are all built by hand, is not a problem; the ascent, well, yes.
Of course, the view of the beach of fine dark pebbles, of the landscape, the crystal clear water and the walk’s awesomeness itself are definitely worth the effort.
Monesteroli: heroic Liguria
Stone and bright blue, Monesteroli – clinging to the rock, the water that comes in a black tube – is a flash of beauty.
To reach the 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 stair overlooking the sea.
In more than two thousand steps that sound like a leap into the sea – the long stair or Gionda – you reach the small village, which they say owes the name to some monks who used to live there.
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 of the Muzzerone cliff, from the coast, fronted by the Feral rock, by the blue sea and cultivated terraces are worth the effort.