Camogli - San Rocco - Batterie - San Fruttuoso Trail

Camogli - San Rocco - Batterie - San Fruttuoso Trail

Camogli - San Rocco - Batterie - San Fruttuoso Trail
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phom
Munich, Germany215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
start not later than 9 and take your alpine boots for this mountain trail. First section Camogli-San Rocco 800 paved stairs = 30 min through olive gardens. Second section paved panorama path in the SR-village and surrounding villas ¼ h. Third section small mountain trail through forest, hills, gorges, rocks with great views on the golfo 1 h leading to WW II bunkers/artillery battery. Fourth section "via ferrata" climbing the rock wall and cliffs to the monastery with iron chain security (for experienced climbers)
Written May 30, 2022
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Heather h
Cary, NC414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
I'll start this review with a baseline of physical expectations. I hiked this trail with my boyfriend. He's upper 30's, wakes up at 5am to go to the gym and trains people to run half marathons...for fun. I'm in my early 30's and once ran an 8k at a 12 min mile pace and think some sort of statute should be erected to memorialize the event. I found this hike through some Pinterest research and we've done pretty hard hikes before so I thought we'd be fine (see my review of the Hanakapiai Falls hike in Kauai)- I was NOT fine. We started this hike backwards from Portofino. From here it was pretty straight up for a while. I had to stop...a lot...so many stairs. The view of Portofino is nice but I was already tired. You can see pictures of where we started (2 red dots trail). It took us about 2 hours to hike to San Fruttuoso. We got here before noon and by this time I needed a wine and a break. We went through the abbey quickly before the boat loads of other tourists started pouring in. Then we started back on our hike. The idea was originally to swim break here but I was afraid that if I took my hiking shoes off that I'd never put them back on. So back up more stairs. This hike to Camogli took us about 4 hours...we did NOT hike down to San Rocco...once I was up there was no way I was going back down. The trail is very well marked. About 3 hours into this hike we started to hit the chains. At first I thought the chains were a little unnecessary but they got progressively worse and it was 85 degrees out and I was exhausted. (note- do NOT put on sunscreen before the chains..slimy sweating hands are not fun) About the 3rd or 4th chain I started to get a little anxiety. Then I hit one section where you come to a steep rock face and HAVE to use the chains to get across. About 10 feet in I had a panic attack and started crying. I thought maybe I could sit and crab walk across but then I looked down and realized I'd probably plummet to my death. I eventually made it across this without dying but there was additional crying and a panic attack break needed when we finished. We saw some people do this with kids- I thought that was insane. Another couple had their dog with them and we watched them through this part- not a hike I'd ever do with my dog but to each their own. So we finally made it across and there's a couple more chain parts but nothing like that one. We had to walk down the 30 min section that others had to hike up. Camogli is my favorite town in this area and we changed into bathing suits and went for a swim and then napped on the beach. My boyfriend thought this hike was the best thing ever and would do it again tomorrow. I will never, ever, do this hike. Not enough wine or gelato in the world. Without me I think my boyfriend could have finished this hike which took us a total of 6 hours in probably 4. We broke the rule of starting early and I think we hiked in the absolute worst part of the day (noon-6pm)-so.freaking.hot!! Bring water because there are limited water stations. We also recommend hiking boots or at least sneakers- some guys were in the teva sandals and started screaming for their lives when they were sliding down the rock face with the chains. None of the pictures are from this hard section because we put the cameras in our bags to get across. We already had lost the cap a couple chains back. One of the pictures I circled the hikers. This was from the boat tour we did the day before. I thought it would help give some context- in case you agree with my boyfriend that I'm overly dramatic! Happy hiking!
Written June 16, 2017
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Luigi P
Trento, Italy6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
Very nice trail with an awesome view on the sea. It is definitely worth to make it, but BE CAREFUL: is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS in some points. If you fell there you're dead. There are fixed chains, but they are helpful only if you wear via ferrata equipment (harness, and carabiners). Wear appropriate shoes. In doubt of bad weather don't go there: in critical points rocks will become slippery. No cellphone coverage for long part of the trail.
Written September 17, 2015
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Clamshell-Worthing
Worthing UK203 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
We did do some research before setting out but obviously not enough and simply hadn't appreciated that this was the one really difficult so-called footpath on the Portofino peninsula - that information was not readily available.
The walk from Camogli to San Rocco was fine, a made-up path, although a bit of a pull uphill and you can get a bus if you prefer. The section onto the Batterie was also OK BUT from there on it was a very difficult path. When we came to the first set of chains set into a sheer cliff, below which was the sea and certain death if you let go we should have turned back. There was no path, just chains you had to use to pull yourself across said rock face. After that it was alright for a while, not great, but alright. Unfortunately it just got worse with more chains plus sections of rock in the path which you had to scramble up or down. There was a lot of going up and down and walking round headlands which seemed endless. The path was non-existent in parts and just terrifying. A walk billed as 3 hours took us over 6. By the time we had realised how bad it was, going back was no more an option than carrying on. There aren't even great views for a large part of it and if you have a problem there is no mobile signal for a long stretch.

This is extreme hiking, not something you could do with a child, dog or older person...or me! To be fair my husband found it enjoyable.

At the end I looked at the sign you would pass if starting from San Fruttuoso and it did say it was for experienced hikers (in small letters). It also said that part of the walk had metal hand rails, which simply doesn't describe chains cemented into rocks with no footpath.

If you love extreme hiking and are happy to dice with death then this is the path for you - if not, chose any of the other paths which are apparently "touristique" in nature.
Written August 14, 2015
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StevenSue
New York City, NY163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
We did the hike in the direction of San Fruttuoso to Comogli. We have done the hikes of the Cinque Terre and Portofino to San Fruttuoso (our favorite hike in this area))—this was 2X harder and longer than any of those. It was harder than it looked on the local map.

It is really two hikes. The hike from San Fruttuoso to Batteri is an up-and-down unimproved and lightly maintained trail. This was much more primitive than any of the other trails we have been on in the area. It is generally in the woods, so you have shade but limited views. It took us 2 and ½ hours of steady hiking to get to Batteri—a mid-point on the map. It was mainly uphill, there was some scrambling, and a few times there were metal chains bolted in to the rocks which were helpful. At Batteri the trail changes dramatically and quickly to be a two-abreast footpath, and then after 15 minutes or so to a paved path for your down hill walk to Camogli through a little village and around houses and villas. This section took us an hour and a half, but I think the distance of the two sections may have been about equal.

From Portofino the logistics on this hike are great—we took the 9:30 boat to San Fruttuoso (the first boat of the day); and then when we got Camogli 4 hours later the trail ends near the train station. Trains run to Santa Margherita every half an hour and cost 2 euros 40 for the short trip. We made the 2:51 train out of Camogli, and then walked down the hill in Santa Margherita and made the 3:15 ferry from Santa Margherita back to Portofino. That’s the last ferry of the day, but the bus and taxis are available at the train station for a trip to Portofino as well.

When the ferry drops you off in San Fruttuoso you start going up and to the left at a fork in the stone stairs very quickly. The trail is marked throughout with two red dots. There was water available at Batteri.

The advantage of starting from SanFrutoso is you do the hardest portion of the hike first, while you are freshest. But starting from the Camogli side would give you the option of taking a bus from Camogli to San Rocco and reducing the amount of uphill walking required.
Written August 29, 2015
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Tim P
Bristol, UK66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Camogli lies to the west of Rapallo, the town where we based ourselves for our summer break. It is an easy 10 minute train ride for just a few euros, with a steep descent into the town once you get there (though there is a lift). It has an attractive wide bay with a long beach and a small fishing harbour, where you can catch a regular boat service to Punta Chiapas (PC) and San Fruttuoso (SF) for about 14 euros return. It is significantly more interesting than any of the Cinque Terre, which lie about a 50 minute train ride to the east of Rapallo, though Camogli is probably far less well known.

It has an array of interesting shops and eateries and an ancient castle. The boat service referred to above takes about 10 minutes to PC and a further 10 to SF. PC is just a drop off point with a trattoria, a few houses and a cliff trail, whereas SF is famed for its old abbey and a sunken statue of Christ in the little bay (though I didn’t see it).There are a few houses and a small beach but on the day that we went it was overcrowded and you couldn’t get a seat at any of the local eateries. Still the boat ride gave a splendid view of the coastline and was very cooling on an exceedingly hot day.

I believe that there is a connecting trail from Camogli to SF, which would be very interesting in the cooler months but not this time of year, when you are constantly fighting to space at any place where that come across. I would readily recommend a visit to Camogli and the boat trip to PC and SF.
Written June 22, 2019
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Rory X Renee M
81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
My husband and I completed this hike on what started out a beautiful sunny day ... About 3/4 of the way through it turned it a horrid thunder storm worth heavy down pour. We really enjoyed the hike and even our adventure in the rain but would urge others to check the weather forecast first and avoid if any chance of bad weather. The hike is dangerous in parts and with rain could cause slippage especially when crossing the rock faces by chain. We are in good shape and fit the whole walk from camogli town to San Frantusso in the rain took us 2.5 hours vs. the 3.5 hours quoted. However if you are not in great shape or elderly consider taking the easier route. This is not a hike for first timers or anyone with fears of heights!

This hike is not as busy as many others in the area. Those who dislike the over crowding of the cinque terra will love this.

Make sure to take water, snacks and perhaps small first aid equipment as the hike is remote. I slipped and hit my knee on a rock which resulted in bruising and bleeding. I was easily able to continue the walk but had blood dripping down my leg for the last hour of the walk.

Please wear proper shoes. Sports shoes or hiking boots. We wore Nikes and it was fine.

Lunch in San fruttuoso at the end was great. We were cold and tired from there rain and sat area beach restaurant and ate warm seafood pasta and chocolate cake then took the return ferry to Camogli. We had thought about continuing the walk to Portafino but weather was too wet.

Be careful but enjoy!
Written June 23, 2016
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Jayzee2
Brevard, NC83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
We did this hike yesterday. What a thrill! From the Batterie to San Fruttuoso be prepared for lots of exposure. And outstanding views. Gripping chains tightly will prevent a fall and certain death! I think there is a safer trail if you want to avoid exposure. By hiking the chains and exposure route my hiking GPS read 6 miles, 2900 feet of total climb(!) in 4.5 hours. Not bad for 70 year olds!

Took the ferry back to Camogli. Beware sometimes the ferry doesn't run if high seas. We made it but the next day ferries weren't running.
Written September 18, 2015
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booptraveler
Fountain Hills, AZ541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We took a day trip to Camogli from the Cinque Terre (and it could be more easily done from Genoa) and it was well worth it. There are two sides to the waterfront: one with beaches, promenade, bars, restaurants, and shops and one the other side of the tunnel the boat harbor. There is a little museum and a church to visit. The main inland street (one block up from the water path) is less interesting but lined with shops. We took a train from Monterosso al Mare to Camogli and spent a few hours then took a bus to Santa Margherita and switched to a bus to Portofino, visited Portofino harbor, bus back to Santa Margherita train station and train back to Monterosso al Mare. It was a full and enjoyable day.
Written May 31, 2015
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BlueMoonhat
Hat Choeng Mon99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
Of all the places I visited in Italy Camogli is my all time favorite . I spent 3 weeks traveling all over Northern Italy and this is the place I would go back to . The coast towns can get very busy so I recommend late September early October to travel . The scenery is fantastic the food is seafood at its best . Italians love their coffee which suits me as well . And not a Starbucks to be found . The people are very welcoming and make you feel at home . What they do with sardines is amazing , in an appetizer or main course simply the best . Then pair it with a Barolo and of course desert . Italians are the best at food , wine and coffee to any place in the World . I am going back to Camogli !
Written October 20, 2015
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