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The Levanto – Monterosso trekking, visiting Podere Lovara and Punta Mesco

The Levanto Monterosso trekking is a stretch of the AVG5T path (ex n.1), a long trek that crosses the Cinque Terre between the hills and the coast and can be covered at once or in stages. The stage between Levanto and Monterosso is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular, offering a varied hiking experience and discovering architectural beauties and life in the most authentic Cinque Terre. The walk takes about two and a half hours, less for more experienced hikers. The trek is easy and kids friendly, but trekking shoes are always recommended on these trails. All seasons are also suitable for this route; remember to wear a windbreaker in winter and avoid the central hours of the day in summer. 

The view of the first stretch of the path Levanto Monterosso
The view of the first stretch of the trekking Levanto Monterosso

We recommend starting from Levanto, as, in Monterosso, the initial walking stretch is very steep. At the Levanto waterfront, look for an outstanding blue house; from there, the walk to Monterosso starts between the last townhouses with a pleasant climb. Very soon, you are surrounded by the scents of the Mediterranean scrub, which features the entire trek. 

The view is breathtaking from the first stretch of climbing the hills behind Levanto among olive and pine trees.

The trail quickly reaches its highest point and remains at altitude until Punta Mesco, offering beautiful views of the sea and the Cinque Terre vegetation. The walk is easy, and a typical mule track is lined with stone houses and gardens in many places.

From here, you can enjoy the experience of a slow, relaxing, and meditative walk that the Cinque Terre can offer. According to the season, the smell of thyme or wild fennel is overwhelming among the ancient houses, with strawberry tree and broom colors.

Some points allow you to take a break and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

After half of the walk, the Lovara Estate reveals itself to the eye with its gardens: the perfect stop and the chance to discover a traditional Cinque Terre farm

The view on the sea opening from the Levanto - Monterosso path
The view on the sea opening from the Levanto – Monterosso trekking

Here, crops and livestock have been practiced for a long time in one of the most difficult rural conditions: steep mountains, distant roadways, and poor water. Yet the heroic culture has achieved surprising results. Today, Podere Lovara has become a bio-dynamic workshop, with 45 hectares of land and rural buildings used for educational purposes.

Podere Lovara on the Levanto -  Monterosso path
Podere Lovara on the Levanto – Monterosso trekking

The twenty-year-long renovation project led by the Italian Environmental Fund (FAI) in collaboration with the Zegna Foundation welcomes trekkers to use the farm as a refreshing and panoramic pit-stop.

After getting through Case Lovera, you are a short walk to Punta Mesco. This promontory borders the Cinque Terre (Levanto is not technically in the Cinque Terre) at the beginning of the descent towards Monterosso.

The Levanto Monterosso trekking at the junction for Punta Mesco
The Levanto Monterosso trekking at the junction for Punta Mesco

On the way down to Monterosso, follow the signs inviting a short diversion to the ancient monastery of S. Antonio al Mesco, consisting of a carefully crafted 11th-century building and another from the fifteenth century. Nearby are the ruins of an abandoned convent abandoned by its monks in 1610 to move to the new monastery of the Augustinian fathers in Levanto.

Ancient Monastery of S. Antonio al Mesco
Ancient Monastery of S. Antonio al Mesco

While getting down to Monterosso, follow the signs inviting a short diversion to the ancient monastery of S. Antonio al Mesco, consisting of a carefully crafted 11th-century building and another from the fifteenth century. Nearby are the ruins of an abandoned convent abandoned by its monks in 1610 to move to the new monastery of the Augustinian fathers in Levanto.

The view from Monterosso at Mesco
The view from Monterosso at Mesco

From Punta Mesco, the walk to Monterosso becomes very short and downhill, pleasant and relaxing, and From Punta Mesco, the walk to Monterosso is downhill, enjoyable and relaxing, and brings back to reality in the lively Monterosso. The statue of the giant from Monterosso welcomes you to the village.

The Giant statue welcomes you to Monterosso
The Giant statue welcomes you to Monterosso