Alta Via dei Monti Liguri walk

The Alta Via dei Monti Liguri ( is a 440 km footpath stretching from the French border (Ventimiglia) to the border between Liguria and Tuscany (La Spezia). The Monti Liguri are mountains that range between 1,000 to 1,500 metres in height and the footpath is always quite close to the top. Clouds coming in from the sea hit this mountain chain. In addition, the meeting of warm air from the sea and cold air from inland causes frequent weather changes. The good news is that it's very breezy and as a result never really hot, even in August.

5 of the total 43 stops are roughly 30 km from La Sosta di Ottone III.
The following is a description of a 4 day family hiking holiday taken in August 2004.

We had done some preparation by taking some of the walks around Levanto. We all had good walking shoes, inadequate rain gear (next time we will be better equipped as the weather changes often and quickly) and we tried to keep our rucksacks as light as possible. Fabio had booked some accommodation near the trail so, at the end of each walking day, we knew exactly where to go.

Photo album

Passo dell'Apicella - Casoni - Passo Calzavitello - Passo delle Cento Croci


Should you be interested in visiting this area of Italy, I suggest one of the following itineraries as a day trip from La Sosta di Ottone III. Arrangements can be made for packed lunches and for a Minivan to drive you to the start of the walk and back to La Sosta di Ottone III from the end of your walk.

Calzavitello - Casoni
6 hours - medium difficulty
Dinner at La Trattoria dei Cacciatori

Passo del Rastello - Passo delle Cento Croci
1 hour - easy
Visit and dinner in Varese Ligure

Alternatively, if you would like to spend more time on the Alta Via, we can help you with your planning and make arrangements for luggage to be driven to your next stop. If you'd like to know more or would like some help in planning a hike, please contact me.